THC Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Hawick News Press Release
Hawick Pupils Shine in Teviotdale Primary Cross Country Championships

Two hundred and forty-seven Primary 6 and 7 pupils from eight schools in the Hawick area gathered in the town’s Wilton Lodge Park on Friday 19 February for the fifth annual Teviotdale Harriers Hawick Primary Cross Country Championships.

Organised jointly by the running club and Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools co-ordinators, the event is designed to showcase the enjoyment of cross country running and encourage children in the area to be active as often as possible.

134 boys and 113 girls participated in the 1850m race, with specially commissioned Teviotdale Harriers gold, silver or bronze medals presented to the top placed individuals and trophies awarded to the top placed schools.

In the girls’ competition Maisie Ballantyne of Wilton Primary School took home top honours (Time – 8:43), with Sinead McHugh (Drumlanrig Primary) in second (Time 9:15) and Nicky Sutherland (Wilton Primary) in third (Time – 9:20). For the boys, Hector Patterson from Denholm Primary took first place (Tome – 7:42) with Sam Allott (Denholm Primary) in second (Time – 8:10) and Sean McMichan (Drumlanrig Primary School) in third (Time – 8:10).

Denholm Primary took home all three school trophies. The Girls’ team trophy – awarded to the fastest five girls from the same school – came courtesy of Denholm team members Connie Richards, Bailey Jamieson, Lucy Nichol, Abi Reid and Isobel McTaggart. The fastest five boys over the line from the same school were Denholm Primary’s Hector Patterson, Sam Allott, William Brodie, Robbie Amos and Samuel Parrish. Denholm Primary also picked up the overall Champion School trophy, awarded to the school with the fastest five times, regardless of boys or girls race.

Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools Coordinator, Paul Scott said: “What a great morning! It was brilliant to see so many children taking part in our fifth annual championships and completing the challenging course. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved from start to finish and in particular to Teviotdale Harriers and our eight cluster schools for all their hard work once again. All of the children are invited to keep up their interest in running at the Harriers junior section which meets every Wednesday 6 – 7.15 pm at the clubroom, 15a High Street, Hawick. It would be great to see them there.”

Teviotdale Harriers President, Alan Coltman added: “It was a fantastic day for volunteers, spectators and all of the runners.”

Hawick News Report by Paul Scott, Active Schools, BSLT
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