Over 420 Primary and Secondary Pupils take part in East Lothian School Cross Country Championships
There was glorious sunshine at Dunbar’s John Muir Country Park for the East Lothian Schools Cross Country Championships, and there were equally glorious victories as the ‘home’ schools picked up the silverware. It was the first year of a joint event for both primary and secondary championships, which saw over 425 pupils from across East Lothian.
The silverware didn’t have to travel far from John Muir Country Park, as it was a case of home advantage with Dunbar Grammar School dominating the Secondary event and Dunbar Primary winning the large schools Primary event. Yester Primary School retained the team trophy in the Small Schools competition.
There were some very competitive fields in the primary events, which saw 126 finishers in the boys event and 116 in the girls over the 1.4mile course. It was Angus Wright of Law Primary who was the first across the line in the boys event, picking up the gold medal in the Large Schools event and with Katie Johnson of Prestonpans Primary School who was the convincing winner in the girls field. It was a familiar course for the pair, who won the East Lothian cross country championships last month. Although there was a strong challenge from Law Primary School, it was Dunbar Primary who retained the Large Schools Team Prize. In the small schools competition, Yester pair Aidan Ballantyre and Rudie Shearer picked up the gold medals.
It was a clean sweep for Dunbar Grammar in the Secondary event taking the eight trophies, but there was stiff competition from Musselburgh Grammar in the S1 Girls competition and it went down to the wire with the team points in the Senior Boys with Preston Lodge HS just missing out. Musselburgh’s Jaye Clark had a convincing win in the combined S1-S2 Girls race, with North Berwick’s Joe Donnelly the first across the line in the boys race – both over 2.75mile. In the S3 and Seniors race, Esme Callendar (North Berwick HS) was the clear winner over the 2.75mile course. With a very strong run in the S3 and Senior Boys 3.05mile course, Dunbar Grammar’s Cameron Steven was the first across the line.
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