YOUNG athletes leaped, jumped, threw and sprinted to glory in their annual sports day with individual and house pride at stake.

Students from Years 7-10 and Year 12 at Bede Academy, Blyth, headed to Monkton Stadium, in Jarrow, to compete on the track and in the field in stormy weather.

Sportsmen and women chased each other and school records in a variety of disciplines including 1,500m, 200m, 100m, long jump, triple jump, high jump, javelin, shot and discus.

Records fell like the rain with five new discipline bests being recorded by determined students.

Two of the new records came from Blyth Running Club member Stewart Bestford in the Year 9 100m and long jump contests.

In Year 7, Ellie-Mae Robison won both the 200m and 1500m while Mason Taylor was a double winner in the year 7 boys 200m and 1500m races. This followed his recent victory in the East Northumberland Championships in the 800m.

Aimee Wilkes won the Year 8 girls’ 200m and 1500m and in the Year 8 boys’ competitions Ethan Irving won the 100m and the long jump, while Sam Bussey won the javelin and triple jump.

Abbie Ross equalled the 100m record in the Year 10 race and also won the long jump. Abbie, a member of Morpeth Harriers, was placed second recently in the county championships in the long jump.

In the Year 10 boys’ events Ethan Allia won the 200m, javelin and long jump in an amazing display of sporting prowess.

The academies three houses of Aidan, Cuthbert and Oswald battled it out in good spirits through rain and drizzle with Aidancoming out the eventual overall winners.

Director of Sport Simon McAree said: “All the students showed their mettle on what was a very wet day both in competing to the best of their abilities and supporting competitors from the stands.

“Given the conditions, there were some tremendous performances which tested everyone’s mental and physical resilience to the full. A great day was had by all.”