The weekend began with a flying start, as the students at Queen’s headed out into the city early to get warmed up for the ORA Olympics – an event that was sure to get everyone’s blood pumping!
Before they left, there was a chance for a healthy breakfast to prepare them for the long day ahead, as well as a whole team talk to discuss tactics against their opponents. Queen’s faced some of our other Oxford colleges including; Balliol and St Catherine’s. As the students arrived at Iffley Road Sports Ground, their excitement was tinged with a few nerves, however once they touched down on the tracks, everyone seemed keen to get started!
This track is a very historical one, as it takes it’s name from Roger Bannister, the infamous track athlete, who on the 6th May 1954 ran the four minute mile here. For this reason, the students were in a good stead to get going for their sporting events throughout the day on Saturday. The sporty morning was enjoyed with a selection of athletic events, including; long jump, triple jump, high jump and of course, the track races. The running events proved the most popular and it was great to see all of the students getting into competitive spirits as they ran, jumped and hopped their way to the finish line.
After a nail biting drum roll, it was announced that Queen’s were the winners! Everyone cheered and applauded one another and the sense of camaraderie was high as the group congratulated each other for the effort they had put into this fantastic event.
The weather was perfect for the day, warm with a few clouds – however, there was plenty of water on hand to hydrate throughout the day. Once the sporty morning was over all of the students headed back to college to enjoy some free time, reveling in their impressive victory over our other colleges. Well done Queen’s!