Ross-shire Primary School cross-country champions crowned in Invergordon


The Ross-shire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships made a welcome return to Invergordon where 160 pupils from across the region competed for the coveted prize of being crowned ‘Individual Cross Country Champion’.

Ross-shire Cross Country winners

The race was the first ‘non-virtual’ event open to all Ross-shire schools since March 2020, when the event was last held at the Black Isle Showground.

Over 20 schools signed up for the event which took place in glorious conditions unlike the usual rain, mud and freezing temperatures that normally accompany a cross country race in Scotland.

The girls’ race was won by Lottie from Craighill Primary School who quickly took the lead and gradually increased the gap as the race progressed. There was a close battle for second places with Jessica (Dingwall) and Annabel (Cadboll’s Hilton) finishing second and third respectively.

The winner of the boys’ race was not decided until the home stretch where athletes from Edderton and Kiltearn battled it out in a sprint to the line. Rueben, (Edderton) who ran most of the race in second position, timed his move to perfection and managed to hold on to 1st place despite the best efforts of Robbie (Kiltearn) in the closing stages of the race.

Rory from Dingwall won a well deserved bronze medal.

Event spokesperson Blair Mackay said: “It was great to see so many happy faces and to take the opportunity to race and represent their school.

“There were some terrific performances, and that once again underlined the high quality of riders we have in the region.

“I hope this event inspires those who were there to keep running and I hope they pass on that enthusiasm and passion for running to others so that we can have more schools and more children attending future events.”

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