Success for Stirling schools at the Mini-Stuc hill race

L - R: Elizabeth Woods (Aberfoyle Primary School), Mary Keely (Doune Primary School), Niamh McKinlay (Aberfoyle Primary School)


On Friday 4 May 10 primary schools took part in the Mini-Stuc hill race. The race is organised in partnership between Active Stirling and the Stuc a’ Chroin 5000 committee, who are responsible for organising the main adults race.
Around 70 pupils tackled the challenging one mile route with some tough underfoot conditions during the race, which is now in its second year. The event saw primary 4 – 7 pupils from Aberfoyle, Callander, Crianlarich, Doune, Gartmore, Killin, Port of Menteith, Kincardine in Menteith, Thornhill and Strathyre Primary Schools taking part. For many of the children this was their first experience of hill running. After the success of the last two years, the race is well on its way to becoming a permanent fixture of the Stuc weekend.

L - R: Tom Campbell (Callander Primary School), Ossian de Arkotxa Dougall, Tyler Gibson (both Strathyre Primary School)
Strathyre Primary School took home two medals from the boys race with Ossian de Arkotxa Dougall crossing the finish line first and third place going to Tyler Gibson. While second place was taken by Tom Campbell from Callander Primary School. Mary Keely from Doune Primary School made a late dash to cross the finish line first. It was a close second for Elizabeth Woods and third was won by Niamh McKinlay, both from Aberfoyle Primary School. Team winners Aberfoyle Primary were also presented with a shield donated by the Stuc a Chroin 5000 committee.
Claire Peebles, Active Stirling Active Schools Co-ordinator said “Well done to all the pupils who took part in the race which was over a more challenging route than last year. Also, a special well done to all the medallists! We would also like to thank the Stuc a’ Chroin 5000 committee who helped facilitate the event and all the local volunteers from the village who supported by marshalling, taking pictures and organising catering for all the competitors.”
There are plans to open the Mini-Stuc to secondary schools next year, with an additional event taking place in the afternoon.