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Athletics | 6th June 2019

Sprinting at national level


Langholm Primary School’s girls sprint relay team returned home bronze medallists after competing against the best teams in Scotland at the weekend.
After triumphing in the recent Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools finals, both the boys’ and girls’ teams travelled to Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday for the Scottish Primary Schools Sprint Relay finals.
There were 16 teams in each of the boys’ and girls’ events, including some of the country’s biggest primary schools from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Two changes to their line-up, due to illness and unavailability, meant the boys lacked practice as a team, but their new members made an excellent contribution and the team finished in third place in the B final.
The girls ran a fantastic heat to finish in second position and qualified for the final as the fifth fastest team.
They saved their best race for the final, finishing in third place overall to win the bronze medals with a time of 58.32 seconds.
Both winning teams came from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.
Calum Graham from Active Schools and Community Sport for Dumfries & Galloway Council, who worked with the children, said: “Both boys and girls performed exceptionally in what is always a very difficult event.
“The boys, who hadn’t practiced together due to late changes, couldn’t have tried harder and they will benefit from the experience.
“Both boys and girls have worked so hard over the year and I was delighted for the girls who were fantastic in the final to win the bronze medal. Their baton changes were brilliant and more importantly they believed they had it in themselves to win a medal.”

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