Broughton Primary School crowned EMF Junior School Champions 3rd year running

BROUGHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CROWNED EMF JUNIOR SCHOOLS CHAMPIONS 3RD YEAR RUNNING

PUPILS from Edinburgh’s Broughton Primary School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Schools competition, defending their title for the third year running.

Over 1500 children from schools across Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Races last May, marking the biggest year in the events’ history.

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5K race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2K as part of a packed weekend of running last May which also included the 5K, 10K, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Marathon.

Due to the success of the events in recent years, two new junior races were introduced to the Festivals line up in 2017- the Junior 5K open to kids aged 11-18 and the Kids’ Kilometre accommodating ages 3-6.

EMF mascot, Mr Hairy Haggis, will make a special visit to Broughton Primary School during an upcoming school assembly and award the school with their winning trophy and £150 worth of sports equipment vouchers.

The Parent School Association (PSA) who organised training for the pupils in the lead up to the festival said: “The Broughton Primary runners are a very special group of children, so to be crowned the winners of the EMF schools competition for the 3rd year running is amazing.”

“The children put their all into training, running the races and having lots of fun. We are so proud of them and are delighted all their hard work is recognised and rewarded in this way.”

Broughton Primary School were first crowned EMF Junior Schools Competition winners in 2016 and have claimed the title each year since. The competition was launched with the main aim to recognise and reward the increased efforts of kids getting active throughout schools in Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife.

Neil Kilgour, Director of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival congratulated Broughton Primary for their efforts:

“Pupils and staff from Broughton Primary School are a brilliant example of why we do the Junior Races at EMF and we are really proud that these events help make real change.”

“Broughton’s dedication and commitment through organised training ‘fun runs’ prior to EMF weekend reflects how the school are determined to make the children more active. We realise it’s important to build on this momentum of keeping our children more active and by encouraging kids to get involved with the EMF Junior Races it provides a special occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement and inclusion as they cross the finish line.”

Four different Junior races will take place throughout the day on Saturday 25th May at the 2019 Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Entries are filling up fast, with the Junior 2K and 1.5K events already sold out – remaining events are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks.

For more information and to enter, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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Eagan Duncan
Three year-old Eagan set to take on the Kids’ Kilometre in Edinburgh for Team Macmillan
ONE OF the youngest ever Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners, Eagan Duncan, is set to take on the challenge of the Kids’ Kilometre this May to raise funds for Team Macmillan.

Three year old Eagan from Edinburgh loves being active and his mum, Cheryl, saw the Kids’ Kilometre event on Saturday 27th May as the perfect opportunity for him to combine having lots of fun with raising money for a worthy cause.

Cheryl said “We chose to support Team Macmillan as Eagan’s Grandad had a close call with bowel cancer a few years ago, but thanks to early screening he was treated quickly and continues to have yearly check ups. Macmillan was a valuable source of information and advice during this time.”

The Kids’ Kilometre is a brand new event which was added to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this year due to the popularity of the junior races.

Marketing Director, Annette Drummond, said: “We’re pleasantly surprised at the popularity of our ever-growing junior races and decided to add two new events to the festival this year in order to make it more inclusive to our younger runners. Eagan is a fantastic example of how EMF can help little ones do something active, whilst raising money at the same time.”

If you’d like to support Eagan in his fundraising efforts, you can donate to his JustGiving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/eagan-duncan

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival junior races are filling up fast and are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks. For more information and to enter, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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Broughton Primary School Crowned Junior Champions
PUPILS from Edinburgh’s Broughton Primary School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the 2016 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Races competition. Over 800 children from schools across Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian and Fife took part in last May’s event, which was the biggest in event’s history.

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5k race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2k as part of a packed weekend of running last May which also included the 5k, 10k, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Marathon.

GB London Olympic Athlete Freya Ross and EMF mascot, Mr Hairy Haggis, made a special visit to Broughton Primary’s full school assembly on Monday morning to award the school with their winning trophy and £150 worth of sports equipment vouchers.
The Parent School Association (PSA) who organised training for the pupils in the lead up to the festival said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Broughton Primary school have won the EMF schools competition. It’s wonderful to get the recognition for all the children’s hard work and efforts, both in training and on the day.”

“The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is important for our school community.  This is our third year in a row we’ve taken part -the sense of achievement enjoyed by our children on race day is incredible – we love being a part of it!.”

Broughton Primary School were also awarded with ‘Super Active School’ status in 2016. The ’Super Active Schools’ initiative was launched success of The Daily Mile with the main aim to recognise and reward the increased efforts of getting kids active throughout schools in Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife.

Neil Kilgour, Event Director of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival congratulated Broughton Primary for their efforts:

“Pupils and staff from Broughton Primary School are a brilliant example of why we do the junior races at EMF and we are really proud that these races help make real change.

Broughton’s dedication and commitment through organised training ‘fun runs’ prior to EMF weekend reflects how the school are determined to make the children more active. We realise it’s important to build on this momentum of keeping our children more active and by encouraging kids to get involved with the EMF junior races it provides a special occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement and inclusion as they cross the finish line.”

Due to the success of the races in recent years, the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival sees the introduction of two new junior races – the junior 5K will be open to kids aged 11-18 and the kids’ kilometre will accommodate ages 3-6. Along with the 1.5k and 2k, this means there will be 4 different junior events taking place throughout the day on Saturday 27th May.

EMF junior races are filling up fast and are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks. Schools are encouraged to enter team of a minimum of three, where sports equipment prizes and a trophy will be awarded to the winning school. For more information and to enter, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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Please welcome our official 1.5K Junior Race Starter – Ravenn Cook!

Please welcome our Official 1.5K Junior Race Starter – Ravenn Cook!

Ravenn was nominated by her father Craig, who said that his daughter inspired him to start running just over 18 months ago. They wanted to do something together to mark the anniversary of Ravenn’s grandfather passing away. Craig said:

“My father passed away on 31st May 2014. He originally came from Edinburgh before moving South with work. I remember with fond memories the trips we used to make to Edinburgh to visit his mother (my grandma).

I started running just over 18 months ago, inspired by my 12 year old daughter who has been running since age six. She joined a club aged seven and has been making great progress ever since. We were discussing how we could mark the anniversary of my father passing away and decided that me running the Edinburgh marathon would be very fitting but that it could be quite challenging emotionally.

So I entered, my daughter then wanted to run, so has entered the junior race.

She was very close to her Grandad and he even gave her a new set of running spikes on the weekend he passed away and although she has outgrown them, she refuses to get rid of them; they hang above her bed as a reminder of him.

My mother will also be joining us for the weekend as a spectator. It is going to be my first marathon although I have been in training since Jan. I am sure the weekend will have lots of emotional ups and downs, as each of us remember him in our own way. It’s lovely that my daughter will be starting a race at EMF in memory of my father. It will be a truly memorable anniversary. I am sure he will be helping us during the weekend with our races.”

Massive good luck to all the Family!

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Craiglockhart Primary School Crowned Champions

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.

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