Beanbag bonanza race - All funds raised are to be donated to the Ethel Trust Community Barge.
After the highly competitive staff egg and spoon race, Newman School held its first ever competitive bean bag race.
Looking back on the controversy of the last race, where we had a disqualification and subsequent ban for cheating we were hoping for a clean race. However, Mr Ryan was very disgruntled when he found out that his racing license had been revoked. Subsequently, he took his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and luckily for him, the decision to bar him from the race was overturned and he was able to compete (boooooo!).
This set the scene for a ferocious and highly competitive event.
Mr Goodchild was looking to defend his honour and to make it a double championship by adding the ‘Golden Beanbag’ to his burgeoning trophy cabinet. Some thought it was a foregone conclusion, others could sense an upset on the cards.
The participants were prowling, the sun was shining and the crowd were cheering in anticipation of the elimination rounds. The first two heats were over in a flash, the victorious four ready for the final. Ms Love was being talked about as a major contender, but again, crumbled under the pressure of major competition and let her form down.
The final was epic. The first time it was run there was a dead even draw between Mr Goodchild and Lydia (even though Mr Goodchild was convinced he had finished in first). This meant that there was a re-run for the championship. Both competitors were clearly nervous at having to race again. This time uncharacteristically, Mr Goodchild made an error that he could not recover from and Lydia stormed to victory.
Lydia, clearly emotional at her victory, waving to her adoring fans was ecstatic at winning the golden beanbag. Lydia was gracious in victory ‘Well done to everyone who competed, but I was clearly the best, so, ner ner ne-ner ner, ner ner. No further comments.’