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Good luck to Reuben H-D (Year 12) as he competes in the U20 European Athletics championships in Tallinn

Reuben H-D (12MJK) will represent Team GB for the European Athletics U20 Championships 2021, this week in Tallinn, Estonia.

Whilst we may have been consumed by the Euros taking place, Reading School has been closely following Reuben’s athletic perseverance and strength as he has been building on his performance.

In June, Reuben won the Southern U20 400m title at Bedford with a fantastic time of 48.03 secs.  His time broke the previous record of John Edwards set back in 1969. Last week, Reuben competed for the county schools (Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire) at the English Schools Athletics Championships at Sportcity, Manchester being one of the nineteen Reading athletes selected for English Schools.  Reuben, qualified for the 400m final winning his heat in 48.08 secs and in the final won the gold medal, setting a new PB and Reading Athletics Club U20 club record of 47.71 secs.

This week, Reuben flew to Tallinn, Estonia where he will participate in the European U20 Athletics 4x400 Relay with 98 other athletes from 17 different countries.

Reuben commented:

I’ve had such a great few weeks, selection for Europeans and then becoming English Schools Champion. It’s a bit cliché but it’s been a childhood dream and I finally achieved it! I’m just very happy that I’ve managed to do as well as I can and progress, especially after the tough times of Covid and several lockdowns. If it’s one thing I’ve learnt from this is to persevere and the results will come!”

Mr A M Robson commented:

“All at Reading School are rooting for Reuben as he goes from strength to strength fulfilling his undoubted potential. We are all proud of him as an outstanding sports person and role model who our students look to with pride and admiration. We wish him all the best as represents Great Britain in the U20 European Athletics Championships.”

Meanwhile, Hal R-D (10S) helped Berkshire win gold in the Intermediate Boys Octathlon in the South East Championships and also progress to the National final.  Hal, in his first year in this age group, attained six new personal bests and gained valuable experience in the move up from the Pentathlon.

Congratulations to our junior athletes, Aodhán H-D (8E) winning Javelin with a throw of 37.10 and Soham D (8C) winning shot with a throw of 12.35 at the Year 8 Reading Town Athletics Championships.

Mr S Allen (Head of House and Teacher of PE) commented:

“These boys have demonstrated commitment and dedication to training and progressing in key performances in athletics, despite the pandemic limitations to training.  We are extremely proud of Reuben’s achievements as well as Hal, Aodhán and Soham.”

We are immensely proud of Reuben and indeed all the students that have been competing in athletics and other sporting activities this term.   Well done to you all.

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