Falkirk pupils have reaped the benefits of the Cross Country pathway in 2011/12 with success at last week’s Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy.
This success was the culmination of a long Cross Country season in Falkirk starting in October with the first Cross Country League match at Bo’ness, followed by matches in December at Callendar Park and at Stirling Road playing fields in March.
These events are run by Caroline Lawless and volunteers from Falkirk Victoria Harriers and are open to pupils from P5-P7.
In February the focus shifted to Active Schools with the Falkirk Schools Cross Country Championships being run at Bo’ness. This competition is for pupils from P6-S6 with the top 20 individuals in each age group qualifying to run for Falkirk in the Forth Valley Cross Country Championships at Queen Victoria School Dunblane against teams from Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
Finally, on Saturday 21st April, 47 pupils from 14 schools across Falkirk entered the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships at Kirkcaldy where they achieved some great results. Paul Hutchinson from Larbert Village is the new P7 boys National Champion, Max Rintoul and Owen Lake from Carronshore PS finished 2nd and 4th respectively in the P6 boys race and St Andrew’s PS finished 3rd in the P7 boys team event with Aaron Reid finishing in 4th place in the individual competition.
Overall this has been a great year for Cross Country in Falkirk and shows the strength of the pathway from the local events through to regional and national competitions. In 2013 Active Schools will host the Falkirk Schools Cross Country Championships and the Forth Valley Cross Country Championships with the promise of further success as the pathway develops.