The Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday 20th April at Kirkcaldy High School. For the second year, Falkirk Community Trust funded transport to allow Primary 6 and 7 pupils from schools across the Falkirk Council area to attend this event. Following 3 successful matches which form the local League, hosted by Falkirk Victoria Harriers, pupils were identified from their performances to take part. On the day 63 pupils from 13 schools competed in the 8 races which make up the Championships.
The strength of the local league, which has just completed its 10th year, was again evident as Max Rintoul, Carronshore Primary, became the fourth winner of a National title in the last six years. Caroline Lawless, the Vic’s Treasurer and an Additional Support for Learning Administrator in Falkirk Council’s Education Department was instrumental in encouraging the schools to enter the pupils and organising the travel arrangements. Caroline also travelled with the pupils, some of whom where the sole representatives from their schools, and parents to encourage the pupils at the event.
The races are split into Girls and Boys at each P6 and P7 stages, and additionally into A to K and L to Z by school name to keep the size of the fields to manageable levels for the 1500m races. In a fantastic day, enjoyed by all, the talent in the Falkirk Council area was clear to see, with Primary 6 pupils experiencing this level of competition for the first time. Freyja Nash, Deanburn Primary, was the first Falkirk Council pupil to finish the first race in 42nd, leading the Deanburn team to 19th place in the team competition, with Comely Park in 24th. Maddiston’s Teigan O’May was the first home in the P6 (L-Z) race in 45th position, with Ladeside the 25th team. The P6 boys had stronger runs, with Ross Paton, Carronshore Primary, having an excellent run to finish 10th, whilst Deanburn’s Aidan Kellock finished 30th, as the school placed 25th. The P6 Boys (L-Z) race saw further excellent performances with Russell Christie of Ladeside 8th, as the school finished 12th, one place ahead of St Andrew’s who had good packing from Jack Reid and Callan Hogarth, 33rd and 34th respectively.
Many of the P7 athletes had gained experience last year, although a few were new to this event. Comely Park girls finished 22nd in (A-K) race. Wallacestone’s Chloe McClung ran well to finish in 25th place in the (L-Z) race, where the Ladeside trio of Flora Johnston 19th, Olivia Taylor 48th and Laura McKinlay 49th all performed admirably to finish 7th overall in the team competition. Wallacestone were 23rd team in the P7 Boys (L-Z) race, where Thomas Boyle of Maddiston Primary finished 41st.
Both Carron and Carronshore fielded teams in the P7 boys (A-K) race, with Carron finishing a creditable 22nd. Carronshore had high hopes, as a result of last year’s 5th place, with the same team again toeing the start line. Determined to better last year’s silver medal, Max Rintoul had a superb run timing his finishing effort to perfection to win the gold medal in a time of 6min 3secs, with team mates Owen Lake 13th and Ross Gauld 77th, Carronshore improved to 4th place in the team competition. Max Rintoul is pictured with his medal. Full results of all 63 local pupils are attached. Thanks go to all the teachers and helpers who provided training for the pupils throughout the winter which resulted in these splendid performances.
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