Rollapaluza – Year 7
Once again, the 250 metre cycling competition has come back to school. The competition is open to Year 7 and 8 pupils and once 30 competitors had been selected based on their performances this year in PE the rest of the Year group created an audience for the exciting event.
First the Year 7’s took on the 250 metre challenge. The competition starts with a time trail qualifying programme and from here the top 8 pupils go through to the knockout quarter final competition. During the time trials Kallem Mulgrove clocked the quickest time of 13.93 secs which is equivalent to approximately 35 mph! One of the favourites, Naief, unfortunately slipped off his pedal in qualifying and therefore did not make the knock out stages.
In the quarterfinals there were some very fast times posted by Nooruz, Lokman and Shakil so it was difficult to pick a winner. In fact picking a winner became more difficult when Nooruz posted the fastest time to date by beating the early leader Kallem in the quarter final. At the semi-final stage the competitors moved up another gear with Lokman and Shakil recording the quickest times of the day to see them through to the final. With both boys assured a place in the London finals, there was time for a race to see who the champion of the day would be.
Both boys looked focussed and keen to achieve in the final race of the day and from the start they were both very quick; the race finished with Lokman coming through as the winner with a blistering time of 13.54 secs, the fastest of the day. At the end of the competition Naief was given a second opportunity to post a personal time, during this trial he posted an impressive 13.31secs, this made him the fastest pupil of the day and there was further good news when The Rollapaluza team informed me that we have been given an extra two places for the London finals therefore allowing Naief and Nooruz who posted the two other quickest times to represent Bow School in the end of year competition.
Rollapaluza – Year 8
The second session of the day was the Year 8’s and this was a rematch from last year. Last year we saw our top boys go the London finals and come away with the top four places in the Year 7 & 8 competition (a year younger than the rest). The battle last year was between Nathan Ackie, Aman Ali, Rene Haynes and Jaynul Islam, Jaynul came out as the winner and received a prize of a bike worth over £400!
After a highly charged and competitive time trial with many pupils posting times quick enough to qualify for the London finals, but only four spaces available, we moved onto the quarter finals. The highlight of the time trials was the electric performance of Rene Haynes who recorded an incredible 11.90 secs for the 250metres. On completion of the quarter finals the semis were being contested between last year’s four finalists. Rene and Jaynul both came through the semis with Jaynul posting an impressive 12.06 secs and looking ready to take Rene on. Rene, however, was keen for revenge after last year’s London final and being runner up to Jaynul. The final produced a highly competitive and tight final with Rene pipping it and becoming Year 8 Bow school champion.
So, onto the London finals on June 21st and we will wait and see if Jaynul can retain his title or whether Rene, Nathan or Aman can push on further and take his title.