As the cross country season draws to a close, there are further achievements to report from our expanding group of P5-7 runners.
On Monday 20th March, we sent a team to the EPSSA Cross Country Finals at Duddingston. As is typical for this time of year, the weather ranged from brilliant sunshine to biting wind in the space of an hour long event!
The finals are always of an extremely high standard and this year’s event was no exception. While none of our runners reached the medal positions, there were several very good individual performances. Particular credit goes to Ayaan, who came 17th in the P7 boys’ race, and Alex, who placed 25th in the P6 girls’ race. Given there are over 200 runners in each race, this is a very good achievement.
Aside from the two runners mentioned above, it was very pleasing to see all our runners comfortably finish the course within the main body of runners, completing the whole 1700m circuit with ease. This is great evidence of the continued improvement shown by all pupils. We were particularly excited to have three P5 pupils competing at P6 level – we can’t wait to see you next year!
As always, the event was extremely well organised and the field of over one thousand runners had a great time! Thanks to Willie French of EPSSA and Beth Walker from the Sports Unit for overseeing proceedings, along with everyone else who helped to organise the event.
Over the last four Wednesday afternoons we have attended the final four sessions of the 2016-17 Edinburgh Schools’ Cross Country League, which we entered as a school for the first time this year. This has seen pupils participate in eight races over September 2016 and March 2017, competing against runners from a number of schools across the city including several of the private schools.
It has been a wonderful experience for our runners to participate in such a well organised and high quality competition, and there has been a visible improvement in the performances of those pupils who have attended throughout the year.
While the cross country season is now at an end, running continues into the summer term. You can now sign up for our newly expanded P4-7 Running Club on Wednesday afternoons following the holidays. The club will be run by Mr Ward (parent helper) and Mr MacLean, and will be split into a ‘fun’ section (who will do light jogging and games) and a ‘training’ section (who will participate in more challenging training drills designed to improve performance). It is hoped that this will allow everyone to participate in running at an appropriate level.
We are also currently finalising plans for our P5-7 pupils to participate in PE lessons on the athletics track at Meadowbank Stadium. This will be great preparation for the Interscholastic Athletics competition, in which some of our senior pupils will be competing on Tuesday 30th May.
Finally, we remind you all that on Saturday 27th May a number of pupils and staff will be participating in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Places are still available in some of the junior race categories but they are going fast! Whether you are running or not, everyone is welcome to attend our post race picnic in Holyrood Park – details to follow.
Well done to everyone who has attended our various running clubs and events this term. Here’s a gallery of our most recent events (EPSSA Championships and the final Cross Country League meeting).