Stirling Schools Cross Country Championship returned for the first time since 2020, with over 700 pupils from Stirling's Primary and Secondary Schools competing, as well as pupils from Queen Victoria School and Fairview International School.
The event was organised by Active Stirling as part of their Active Schools programme in Stirling, which aims to provide local school pupils with more and higher quality physical activity opportunities throughout and beyond the school day. It was also supported by the Active Stirling Community Activation team, and a team of volunteers - Sports Leaders from Bannockburn and Wallace High Schools, and students from The University of Stirling.
There were four events in the morning, with P6 Boys, P6 Girls, P7 Boys, and P7 Girls Competing individually. There were eight events in the afternoon, with pupils competing in the following categories: S1 Boys, S1 Girls, S2 Boys, S2 Girls, S3 Boys, S3 Girls, Senior Boys, and Senior Girls. Every finishing athlete was allocated a score based on the position they finished, i.e. First = 1; second = 2; third = 3; and so on, with each school's first three finishing athletes scores counting toward the overall team score in each category.
The top-20 pupils in the primary races, and top-10 in the secondary races have qualified and are invited to represent Stirling in the Forth Valley Schools Cross Country Championships, which will be held in West End Park, Alloa, on Thursday 9th March.
It was excellent to get this event back up and running, and even better to see the support from schools and teachers to enable so many young people to take part. The day was an enormous success - thanks to our team of Active Schools Coordinators for organising, and to our Active Stirling colleagues and volunteers for their support. Also, thanks to Bannockburn High School and the clubs based in Bannockburn & Eastern Villages Sports Hub for the use of the facilities; and to Provost Dodds for taking time out of his busy schedule to support the day and present pupils with their medals.
It was a pleasure to attend the Stirling Schools Cross Country event and present the athletes with their medals. There was an impressive turn out of students from our primary and secondary schools and I would like to praise the effort, dedication, and endeavour of everyone who took part, as well as those who helped with the organisation. It was great to see our young people engage in the event so wholeheartedly and I hope it inspires a lifelong love of running and physical activity.
Header image - S1 Girls race, 1st place Emily – McLaren High School
2nd image – Senior girls’ individual race, 3rd place, Leah – Stirling High School
3rd image – P6 Boys race L-R, 2nd place Harry – Newton Primary School, 1st place Finlay – Dunblane Primary School, 3rd place Alessandro – Bridge of Allan Primary School, with Councillor Douglas Dodds, Stirling Council’s Provost.