Borders Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

The first ever Borders Primary Schools Cross Country Championships has been hailed as a runaway success.

More than 130 young children from 17 different schools took part at Netherdale in Galashiels last Friday.

The four races – P6 Boys, P6 Girls, P7 Boys and P7 Girls – were all run over 2,000 metres.

Graeme Murdoch, assistant manager with Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s Active Schools team, was delighted with the inaugural event.  He said “I think the whole day has been fantastic.  When the Borders Athletic Development Group first indicated they were going to host cross country championships for the primary schools it was always going to be a case of let’s try it and see what happens.  To have so many schools from so many different parts of the Borders is really encouraging, and I’m sure the event will go from strength to strength.

There is a strong tradition of athletics in the Borders and events like this can only help”.

Stow’s Jamie Logan used all of his experience with Gala Harriers to produce a terrific run to win the Primary 7 Boys title.

The 11-year-old maintained a 50-metre lead throughout the closing stages to break the tape in a time of 7 minutes and 50 seconds.  He said “It was really challenging but I still enjoyed it.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to win but I managed to open up a little gap and I just kept going”.

Gregor Lamb from Priorsford in Peebles chased Jamie home.  And it was another Peebles athlete, Donald Tait from Kingsland, who finished third. The P7 Boys team prize went to Kingsland.

Caddonfoot’s Zaynah Aziz was the impressive winner of the Girls P7 race.  The 11-year-old, who is part of the Selkirk Track and Field club, stormed into a 100 metre lead in the opening lap – and slowly increased her lead approaching the closing stages.  Zaynah, who broke the tape in 8 minutes 18 seconds said “I went off really hard and relaxed a bit as the race went on.  I’m really pleased to have won as I was a little nervous before the start”.

Mairi Wallace from Newlands Primary stayed on strongly to finish second with Ishbel Inglis from Trinity Primary in Hawick sprinting home to take third.  The P7 Girls team race was won by Priorsford.

Kelso’s Josh Abbot is one of the rising stars of the Borders Winter Cross Country Series – and he showed why in the P6 Boys race.

The 10-year-old from Edenside Primary managed to up the pace in the closing stages to win by 20 metres from Scott Lawson of Kingsland Primary and Priorsford Primary’s Euan Hood.  Josh, who clocked 8.07.80 said “I really enjoyed the race.  I didn’t think I would win as there were a lot of boys around me on the first lap, but I managed to speed up.  The P6 Boys team went to Kingsland.

The P6 Girls race was also won by Edenside Primary with Skye Chatburn.  The 10-year-old broke the tape in 9.07.66 to win from the fast-finishing Anna McGorum of Priorsford Primary and Trinity Primary’s Morgan Riddell.  Skye told us “It was really tiring and I was glad that I had won”.  The P6 Girls team race was won by pupils from Priorsford.  And it was Priorsford Primary won the overall team title.

Ishbel Inglis
Border Primary Schools XC - Ishbel Inglis
Borders Schools XC - Prize Winners
Border Primary Schools XC - Prize Winners


Hawick Primary Schools Cross Country – Friday 24 February 2012

The afternoon of Friday 24th February saw the staging of the first ever Teviotdale Harriers inter-schools primary cross country event. This was the culmination of taster sessions in all of the 9 Hawick cluster schools when members of Teviotdale Harriers visited and instructed all p6 and p7 boys and girls in a programme of different types of training in preparation for the big event. This included sprint sessions, hill reps, farklek sessions and a fun relay race. On the day 250 children descended upon Wilton Lodge Park to run a course covering a distance of 2,000 metres. In almost perfect conditions, first off were the girls, all 111 of them. It was a fantastic sight to see as the line of children snaked its way round the course beginning at the putting green, up and over by the Boer War Memorial, turning left towards the corner of the tennis courts then right, over the pitches to the old changing hut, down along the side of the river then left to pass the tennis courts, double back and return to the putting green to finish. Leading from start to finish was Trinity Primary School P7 girl Ishbel Inglis, (9.43) closely followed by Drumlanrig Primary School P7 girl Emma Suddon, (9.45) and fellow Drumlanrig pupil Phillipa Robertson P7 (9.50) in third position.
Hawick Primary Schools XC - Girls
Hawick Primary Schools XC - Girls

Shortly afterwards, the 139 boys lined up for their turn. Taking a strong lead was Wilton Primary School’s P6 pupil Fraser Clyne. Fraser continued this lead all the way round the course closely followed by P7 Newcastleton pupil Aiden Armstrong then when descending down the hill at the Boer War Memorial Aiden made a sprint attempt for the line and took 1st place in a time of 8.29 beating Fraser by just one second (8.30). Third place was taken by Mark Gallagher of Denholm Primary School in 8.52.

Hawick Primary Schools XC - Boys
Hawick Primary Schools XC - Boys

Once all the runners were in and had caught their breath there was a short presentation by Teviotdale Harriers Club President Rob Halliday. Medals were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd girls and boys as mentioned above. There were also team trophies for the first school to have 5 pupils over the line with Drumlanrig in this inaugural year taking the double. Teams were girls: Emma Suddon, Phillipa Robertson, Rachel Shiel, Mairead Cottrell and Eilidh Jaffray. Boys: Hamish Murray, Barrie MacLean, Lewis Robertson, Greg Johnston and Aidan Murphy.

The event was deemed a great success by all and will now be an annual event.



Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships

On Saturday 21st April 2012 the Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Kirkcaldy. For the first time in many years, Hawick schools – Wilton, Stirches and Trinity had some children competing. The competition is open to all primary schools in Scotland, both state and private schools, for P6 and P7 pupils. There were over 1,200 competitors on the day.

The course covered a distance of 1,500 metres and due to the heavy rain was pretty muddy and slippy making it tricky on the steep rises and tight corners. First to race was Teviotdale Harrier newcomer Lucy Graham for Stirches P6 girls finishing in 99th position. Next race saw Fraser Clyne, P6 Wilton run a blistering race to finish in 9th position. Fraser had been hoping for a top 20 position so to come in at 9th place was a fantastic achievement for him.

With the course now well and truly churned over the P7 girls set off. Running for Stirches was Emma Grieve and for Trinity were Ishbel Inglis and Carly Yule. There was a bit of pushing and shoving in this very fast paced race but the girls all thoroughly enjoyed the experience finishing as follows: Ishbel Inglis 46th, Carly Yule 95th and Emma Grieve 107th. Last race of the day saw Trinity P7 pupil Jamie Waugh line up for the boys. In yet another fast paced race the boys set off with Jamie coming home in 72nd position.

As with both the Hawick Primary and Borders Primary Cross Country Races this race is now hopefully on the school calendar for future years and will see a larger number of competitors taking part in future to represent not only their school but their town.

End of Season Club Run & Social – Sunday 24 June 2012

Captain Alan Coltman has organised this years end of season Club Run/Social to the Woll on Sunday 24th June.

It is suggested that walkers leave the High Street Clubrooms at 9.30am followed by the runners at 10.30am. Kit Bags will be transported to the Woll where male and female showers are available. There will be food and drinks to purchase in the Woll restaurant

7 seater taxi’s will be available at a cost of £20 per trip back to Hawick. There is also the X95 bus from Ashkirk but at £3 a head per full taxi trip this will probably be the best option.

No deposit required but an idea of numbers for the restaurant would help.

Please email Alan Coltman if you are interested in coming along on

It would be great to see as many club members as possible enjoy an end of season get together whether you want to run, bike, walk or take the bus.

The athletics club for Hawick and area since 1889.