Rory roars to victory in Borders Schools Cross Country event

Chirnside primary school team
Chirnside primary school team
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There was success for Chirnside Primary School in the Borders Schools Cross Country Championshiops held at Galashiels.

A small team of eight runners from Chirnside Primary School along with three Chirnside Chasers from Swinton Primary School took part in the Championship races.

Four races took place over a distance of two kilometres for the Primary 6 and 7 boys and girls.

In the P6 boys race Rory Williams (Chirnside PS) led from start to finish and took the title in style with Jamie Kinghorn (Chirnside PS) finishing in third place.

Also in the top ten were Harry Fuller (running for Swinton PS) who was sixth and Ben Reynolds (Chirnside PS) who was eighth.

Robbie Paulin (Chirnside PS) also finished in the top 20.

This meant that Chirnside Primary School took the team prize as well.

In the P6 girls race Caitlin Black (Chirnside PS) running in her first race finished 10th, while in the P7 races Andrew Duff and Ryan Kerr (both Chirnside PS) ran well. Joey Brown and Callum Smith (both Swinton PS) also ran well – Joey finishing in the top ten.

In the P7 girls race Hannah Wilkes did well in a strong girls race to finish 23rd.

All the boys and girls are now looking forward to the Scottish Schools National Cross Country Championships in April.

Also at the weekend Brenda Dixon started her incredible year of races travelling to Barcelona to take part in the Zurich Marató de Barcelona (Barcelona Marathon). Brenda completed the course in four hours 17 minutes and 29 seconds.

Brenda plans this year to complete a further three half marathons, a 15 mile coastal run, two further full marathons and a 33 mile ultra-run all to raise funds for Katie-Lou. More details can be found at

Chirnside Chasers training has started on Mondays for those aged between 5–14 years old, meeting at Comrades Park between 6-7pm.