Bath University was host to this year’s national GDST Athletics Rally last week in which over 1000 girls represented 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 individually; Lottie Silverton in year 7 won in the 1500m and Clemmie Gallen placed 5th in the year 8 1500m in an incredibly fast-paced race.

It was the year 10’s from the Royal High School who dominated the competition with stellar performances from several girls, including Team Bath athletes Ellie Mount and Tabitha Gallen.

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 up to the year 10 sprinters 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 10s 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 have also just been notified that Ellie Mount has been selected for the 80m Hurdles in the English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham.


Featured image: Ellie Mount