On Saturday 20th April 2013 the winter’s cross country season came to a close at Kirkcaldy with the Scottish Schools National Cross Country Championship. Chirnside Chasers coaches took 8 runners up to the event with 7 representing Chirnside Primary and one for Swinton Primary School. Hopes were high after the Chirnside P6 boys team took the top award at the Borders Cross Country event. Kirkcaldy High School hosted the event where nearly 1,300 children took part in the 1.5k course. The event attracts all the best primary school runners from across Scotland, with three runners required to score points in the team categories.

The P6 boys race was the third race of the afternoon where the Borders Champions of Rory Williams, Ben Reynolds, Robbie Paulin and Jamie Kinghorn were trying to emulate their performance a few weeks earlier. In a tough race Rory Williams finished in second place just one second behind the winner and also won the individual silver medal. Jamie Kinghorn was next to finish in an excellent 13th place, then Ben Reynolds was next to finish in a fine 23rd place followed by Robbie Paulin who was 93rd. With the first three scoring points Chirnside secured 2nd place in the team prize overall, with Inshes PS from Inverness winning the team prize and Kirktonholm from Glasgow who was third. Only four points separated the Chirnside boys from winning the top prize. This was a fantastic achievement for a small primary school in the Borders to finish in 2nd place in Scotland up against some large public and private schools from all across Scotland including Dollar Academy and George Watson’s. While running for Swinton PS, Chirnside Chaser runner Harry Fuller also ran well in the P6 boys race finishing in 29th place.

While in the first race, the P6 girls race, Caitlin Black ran a strong, finishing in 99th place in her particular race. In the P7 races Andrew Duff and Hannah Wilkes both run very well gaining lots of experience from the event.