Craiglockhart Primary School Crowned Champions

PUPILS from Edinburgh’s Craiglockhart Primary School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Races competition. Over 750 pupils from schools across Edinburgh, East Lothian, MidLothian, West Lothian and Fife took part in last May’s event, which was the biggest in the event’s history.

Derek Law, Headmaster of Craiglockhart Primary said: “I am always delighted to hear about the many activities our pupils are involved in after school at our Golden Table at Assembly each week and was very proud that so many Craiglockhart pupils took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival under their school’s name.”

The winning school received a trophy, handed over by the event’s mascot Mr Hairy Haggis (pictured above), as well as a voucher for £150, provided by Eveque Leisure Equipment, towards purchasing athletics equipment for the school.

The event, held on 30th-31st May last year included a Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10k and 5k events as well as two Junior Races. This year’s races take place in the picturesque surroundings of Holyrood Park and include a 1.5k for 6-8 year olds and a 2k for 9-12 year olds on Saturday 28th May.

Each finisher receives a t-shirt, medal and fantastic running experience with chip timing in one of Scotland’s finest city centre venues. Schools are encouraged to enter teams of a minimum of three, where sports equipment prizes are will be awarded to the winning school.  

Ben Telfer, 10, of Craiglockhart Primary School, who finished 10th male in the 2k race said: “‘I thought that EMF 2015 was excellent and I will definitely do it again. It was very well organised and the atmosphere was great. Overall it was really good”

Zach Beardsley, also 10 years old added: “‘I loved the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and I am delighted to hear that our school won the prize.”

EMF 2016 junior races have now reached capacity, we can’t wait to welcome all the youngsters to Holyrood Park on 28th May! Late entries are still open for the full marathon (charity only), half marathon, 10K, 5K and team relay, until 4th May, enter here.