LHR School Sports Days 1960, 1962 and 1963.
I now have photocopies of the LHR School Sports Day Results for 1960, 1962 and 1963. Unfortunately they are not really clear enough to publish on the website. However I will type an overall summary of the results from the local paper:-
1960. 12 Records Broken at School Sports. Times & Recorder 13.7.1960.
Although there was a gale force wind and continually threatening clouds, Laindon High Road Secondary School managed to hold a very successful sports day last week. Twelve records were broken and one equaled.
The first record to go was in the Senior Boys’ 440 yards when Reynolds (Townsmen) finished in 59·7 seconds, nearly five seconds faster than the previous time.
Probably the best performance in the girl’s sections was the magnificent throw by Brenda Holt (Shoresman) in the 3rd year girls’ rounders ball. Brenda threw a record 193 feet 7½ inches. The previous best set up last year was 149 feet 6 inches.
In the boys’ 3rd year mile (a new event) Eric Cowell jogged along steadily to record 5 minutes and 13·3 seconds. Obviously slowed down by the wind, 14 year old Eric’s best time for the event is 4 minutes and 59·2 seconds and if he can repeat this kind of performance, he obviously has a great future.
Land Cup (House with most points in boys’ and girls’ events): Plainsmen. Cansdale Cup (House with most points girls’ events): Shoresmen. Land Trophy (House with most points in boys’ events): Plainsman. Jumps Cup (House with most points in high and long jumps): Plainsmen. Relay Cup 1 (House with most points in 1st year relay races): Townsmen. Relay Cup 11 (House with most points in 2nd year relay races): Hillsmen. Athlete Standard Trophy: Townsmen.
Prizes were presented by the School Governors; six of them were present. Mrs E M Herepath, the chairman, welcomed parents. She was introduced by the headmaster, Mr H Woodward.
Before the evening athletics, there was a demonstration of model aeroplane flying by boys of the school.
1962. Girls ‘Too Ladylike’ to Enter. Times & Recorder 27.6.1962.
Despite blustery winds and discouraging weather conditions, 21 records were broken at Laindon High Road School’s annual sports day last week and there could have been more!
Sports Master, Mr G Munday was pleased with the ‘record haul’. The number broken he said, was due to the general enthusiasm.
But Sports Mistress, Miss P Wood told the ‘Recorder; “The sporting cream of the senior girls seems to have left the school – hence a disappointing result from the older girls. What is left of the fifth year girls will not take part – it is most difficult to get them interested“. She added “Many of them seem to acquire an awkwardness or self-consciousness in front of crowds. Some think it is not ladylike“.
Nevertheless 11 of the 21 records were by the girls. One was J Smithers in the discus event. Star of the day was Maureen Quinn who broke three records. Her high jump added six inches to last year’s record. She knocked one second from the hurdles’ time and two seconds from the 150 yards sprint. She also came 1st in the 100 yards. J White, a second year girl, broke both the long and high jump records.
Boys’ highlights were more evenly spread amongst the separate years but Barry Herridge and Joseph Borowski were well placed in many events.
The House Championship Cup went to Plainsmen as did the “Land Trophy” for the boys’ House Championship and the “Jumps Cup”. Girls’ House Championship was won by Townsmen. First year Relay Cup was won jointly by Hillsmen, Plainsmen and Townsmen. The second year Relay Cup went jointly to Hillsmen and Plainsmen.
1963. Fourteen Records Broken. Times and Recorder 26.6.1963.
Fourteen tough records were smashed in grand style at Laindon High Road School’s annual sports last week – two of them by THE school sport, strapping Joseph Borowski.
The cheer that went up as the lad was presented with his medals was tinged with regret however – he will not take part in the school sports again. He will be leaving at the end of this year and hopes to take a further education course at Chelmsford. An enthusiastic all rounder the lad who stands taller than 6 feet will leave three records on the school’s rolls.
In 1961 he broke the record for the shot while in the third year. The 33ft 2ins throw will be a tough nut to crack. Last Wednesday he cracked the senior 220 yards record which has stood since 1960. He also broke his own record set up last year for the senior 440 yards. He shaved three seconds from 25·3. He also took a medal for discus but failed to touch the record of 138ft 8½ins.
The sports as a whole was a fantastic success. However a new system of competing which was used, did away with competition between houses and the fun was between classes. More complicated, the system made point assessment difficult for teachers who were working them out.
For laymen and parents used to the old house system, it was chaos and took some of the fun from the proceedings. Nine of the new records were taken by boys and five by girls. Another two records were equaled.
Note: Unfortunately it seems that the results of the 1958 Laindon High Road School Sports Day were not published in the Times and Recorder.