With so much attention being given to the adult races at last weekend’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival, it’s important to remember that hundreds of youngsters took part in the event’s junior races. Both the 3K and 1.5K races were held on Saturday 24 May with children from all over the UK taking part.
Alex Badcott won the 3K junior race in 11 minutes and 3 seconds. The 14-year-old is a pupil at St Ignatius School in London and decided to run as his father was taking part in the full marathon. Alex clinched first place, ten seconds ahead of Ben McMillan, 12, from Central AC in Dollar. Lauryn Turnbull, 14, from Stirling High was the first girl home in 12 minutes exactly, saying: “It was a hard run but the downhill was the best part!”
The 1.5k junior race was won by 10-year-old Muir Gillespie, a pupil at Stewart Melville School, who crossed the finish line in 5 minutes and 33 seconds. He spoke of his delight in improving on his 2013 performance: “I came 11th last year so I wanted to come back and beat that. I won - I’m so chuffed!”
Sporty sisters Emma Johnson, 10, and Katie Johnson, 9, from Haddington East Lothian Pacemakers and pupils at Prestonpans Primary, came first and second in the 1.5k. Emma was the first girl home in 5 minutes and 38 seconds with her sister Katie racing in seconds behind her. Emma said: “I came second last year so I’m really pleased I won!”