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.