Students from the Royal High School in Bath excelled at this year’s national GDST Athletics Rally last week at the University of Bath. The event saw 1,000 girls representing 18 schools from all over the UK, with schools travelling as far afield as Newcastle, Ipswich and Portsmouth. A networked UK-wide organisation of 25 schools, the Girls Day School Trust’s purpose is ‘to help every girl fulfil her potential and her dreams’.

In the competition girls from the Royal High School Bath GDST achieved throughout the day with successes including Lottie Silverton from Year 7 who won the 1,500m and Clemmie Gallen who was placed fifth in the Year 8 1,500m in an incredibly fast-paced race.

However, it was the year 10’s from who dominated the competition with stellar performances from several girls, including Team Bath athletes Ellie Mount (pictured) and Tabitha Gallen.

Ellie Mount

Tabitha Gallen cruised to a win at 80m hurdles in a time of 12.2 secs, whist Ellie Mount dominated both the 100m heats and finals, and the 300m, a new distance for her, with times of 12.5 secs and 43.3 secs.

Florrie Welch ran a strong 800m in 2.50 minutes, coming in 3rd, whilst Freya Spruit gained a second place in the 1500m.

It was similarly good news for the Year 10 sprinter relay team who simply set the track on fire with their speed and utter commitment to the cause! The Royal High School team of Poppy Newman, Tabitha Gallen, Mia Regan and Ellie Mount saw the girls victorious in a time of 53.1 secs.

Mrs Duncan, Head at the Royal High School, said, “We are incredibly proud of our girls and in particular our Year 10’s who were overall winners of the Year 10 and over age group. Being part of the GDST provides us with these unique and networked opportunities in many areas and for our girls, looking beyond the ‘bowl of Bath’ offers an additional and enriching experience and in sport, an extremely high level of competition.”

The Royal High School has also just been notified that Ellie Mount has been selected for the 80m Hurdles in the English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham. As one of only 35 athletes in Bristol and Avon the school are very proud, well done Ellie!