Backwell sporting duo beat 37-year records

Martin Sills, Stella, Claire, Rosie and Julian Baldwin.

Martin Sills, Stella, Claire, Rosie and Julian Baldwin. - Credit: Archant

With the Olympics just around the corner, it was fitting three long-standing sporting records were beaten by Backwell School pupils.

Rosie Hall snatched the school record in the 100m and 200m and Stella Rhodes claimed the high jump record with a 1.51m leap.

The records had been set by Claire Hall (nee Richards) back in 1979.

Stella said: “It was so noisy in the hall with people cheering me on I missed the announcement. People started running up to me telling me I had broken the record – I couldn’t believe it.”

Rosie, who ran the 200m in 26.63 seconds, said: “It didn’t feel real when I was told I had a new record – 37 years is a very long time, but I hope I keep my record longer.”


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Claire after being told her records had finally been beaten visited the pupils at school to congratulate them.

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