About 350 Year 5 and 6 students from 14 Rodney schools assembled at Metro Park on Tuesday, November 27, to participate in the inter-schools Athletics Zone Day, hosted by the Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club.
Spectators sat in deck chairs on the embankment or wandered down onto the field to get closer to the action, cheering the athletes on as they competed in the events.
Although it was cloudy, the rain stayed away, and the only water that fell came from the occasional water bottle fight.
The students participated in seven events – long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, 80m, 800m, and 4x100 relays. Schools gained 10 points for each first-place finish, eight points for second and five points for third.
Red Beach School won the Year 5 inter-schools day, with Warkworth and Orewa North coming in second and third. Warkworth won the Year 6 day, narrowly beating Mahurangi Combined with Red Beach finishing third.