CROSS country runners from Langholm and Canonbie primary schools excelled at last week’s annual Annandale and Eskdale championship at Grummel Park, Lochmaben.
Langholm’s P7 girls’ team and P7 boys’ team both won their large schools’ races, while Canonbie girls’ A and B teams did the double in the middle schools’ P6/7 team race.
Canonbie’s P6/7 boys’ team were third and the P4/5 boys’ team were second. The girls’ P4/5 A and B teams were second and third.
Langholm P7 girls’ team: Freya Blaikie, Matilda Brockley, Alice Roberts. P7 boys’ team: Ashton McKinnel, Seth Brown, Ellis Dirom.
Canonbie P4/5 boys’ team: Jayden McVittie, Riley Smith, Robbie Graham. P4/5 girls’ A team: Grace Ellwood, Libby Hall, Amber Smith. B team: Maisie Hay, Beth Wilson, Megan Sheppard.
Canonbie P6/7 girls’ A team: Kara Waitt, Kirsten Waitt, Janie Hall. B team: Alice Turner, Millie Steel, Abigail Ward. P6/7 boys’ team: Matt Hall, Ryan Wilson, Connor Forster.
The race, which attracts entries from every school in Annandale and Eskdale, comprised 12 races for children in different age groups and from different sizes of schools. More than 600 children took part, with winners coming from different schools, reflecting the excellent work with cross country running in schools.
Lauren McLean-Gill, depute headteacher at Langholm, said: “This was a successful afternoon.
“After starting in sunshine, the weather soon turned to heavy hailstones. This didn’t put off our runners, though.
“Our P7 girls and P7 boys’ teams won first place overall, despite steep competition.
“A highlight was Ashton McKinnel leading the P7 boys’ race all the way through and securing a win by a significant distance. Well done to all involved; great effort and sportsmanship from everyone.”