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Pupils Put Their Best Foot Forward In Race To Find Best Runners

Renfrewshire Council’s Active Schools Team have found the best young cross country runners Renfrewshire has to offer – and are hoping they can clinch a national title later this spring.

The Renfrewshire Secondary and Primary Cross Country School Championships were held on 28 February and 1 March at King Geroge V Playing Fields, with a total of 830 pupils (538 primary and 292 secondary) taking part.

Houston Primary were overall winners on the day picking up most medals and will now don their running shoes to compete in the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships against the 31 other local authority areas in Kirkalldy in April.

The fastest high school pupil to complete the course (which was 2 miles for high school pupils) was Euan Gilham from S3 at Gryffe High School who achieved  9 min 28 secs.

Damien Kaleta from P7 at Auchenlodement Primary was the fastest primary pupil to complete the course (which was 1.2 miles for primary pupils) in 5 mins 58 secs.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “Cross country running is an important part of athletics in Scotland and teaches our kids real endurance. It’s a hard sport to tackle, but very rewarding with both mental and physical benefits.

“I’m delighted that so many of our pupils took part in the Renfrewshire Championships this week – and my congratulations go to our overall winners, Houston Primary School who I’ll be rooting for in April when the national championships take place.

“Our Active Schools Team worked would like to thank their partners on the day – Renfrewshire School of Sport Education students and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club.”

Overall, 11 high schools and 29 primary schools took part in the event.