2 Apr

Edinburgh Whizzkids Claim Gold

Edinburgh Marathon Junior Race

Pupils at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, celebrated this week after it was revealed their team scooped gold in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival junior schools competition. More than 600 youngsters from across the country competed in the junior races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May last year.

Pupils from 85 schools battled it out to win top spot in both a 3k race for 11- to 14-year-olds and 1.5k race for six to 10-year-olds.

Thomas Snodgrass, 14, finished third in the 3k race with an impressive time of 10 minutes, 45 seconds, shaving a minute off his time last year and grabbing himself a place on the podium. Thomas said: "I love running and it is a great way to be active, have fun and keep fit. There is a great buzz at the Marathon Festival with loads of people round Arthur's Seat so I hope to run again this year. I run with Lasswade ARC (where Olympic athlete Freya Ross started) and train with them every Thursday."

This year, organisers are expecting more than 100 schools from across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife to take part in the races at Holyrood Park which are run in partnership with Edinburgh City Council culture and sport division and Sport Scotland’s active schools initiative. The winning school will receive £150 worth of sports equipment to help boost pupils’ fitness levels and every youngster who finishes will receive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag.

Gareth Edwards, George Watson’s College principal, said: “We are delighted to hear that our pupils have won this competition for George Watson's College. I am continually reminded of our pupils' achievements and am always encouraged to realise the extent of their participation in healthy sporting activities."

Entries are still open for this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Races on Saturday 24 May. To enter, visit the event website. Entries cost £7.95 and close on 30 April.