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 the event’s history.
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 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.”
Broughton Primary School were also awarded with ‘Super Active School’ status in 2016. The ’Super Active Schools’ initiative was launched following the 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.
Due to the success of the races in recent years, the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival sees the introduction of two new junior events – 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 four different junior events taking place throughout the day on Saturday 27 May. EMF junior races are filling up fast and are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks. Schools are encouraged to enter teams 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 the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.