A thousands youngsters have braved the elements at Nether Pollok Playing Fields to take part in the Glasgow Schools Cross Country Championships.
Boys and girls from Primary 6 and 7 took part in four races, braving the elements as they went, after some gentle warm-ups. Each competitor raced against the clock in an event which was organised by the city’s Primary PE Team in conjunction with the Glasgow Schools Athletics Association.
Andrea Crawford, Primary PE Manager at Glasgow City Council, said: ‘This is a great event and it’s been running for more years than I can remember. The Primary PE Team has been involved for the last nine years.
‘This year, we had a good event, good weather and firm ground, which made for much faster times than previous years.’
Andrea welcomed the strong turnout and the enthusiasm and commitment of the youngsters who took part in the four races. Each race consisted of 250 pupils.
‘The cross country season runs through the winter months, so many of them have been working since October for the race. There’s been more training and it showed. We had some very fast times.’
In the Primary 7 Boys competition, Euan Urquhart of Hyndland was placed first, with Robbie Barr of Glasgow Academy second and Fraser Purves of Jordanhill in third.
Hutchesons secured the first three places in the Primary 7 Girls race, with Charlotte Mason first, Jude Graham second and Jessica Boyle third.
In the Primary 6 Boys race, there was a one-two for Jordanhill, with Jamie Mackinnon and Andrew Morland taking the top places, while Ruaridh Russell of Glasgow Academy was third.
Jodie Knight of Hutchesons came first in the Primary 6 Girls race, while Cari Kiddie of Scotstoun and Abby Jeffrys of Glasgow Academy came third.
The recent cold snap may have wiped out much of the Glasgow sporting calendar, but members of Hillhead Cricket Club can focus on pre-season training unperturbed by the weather.
The cricketers will return to the indoor nets on Thursday, 11 February in anticipation of the new season and more palatable weather conditions. The 2010 programme will include one-on-one coaching as well as the usual batting, bowling and fielding practice.
The club’s training sessions run from 6.30pm-8.30pm at Kelvinside Academy, 33 Kirklee Road, G12, for three weeks before switching to Glasgow Academy in Colebrooke Street, G12, every Tuesday from 2- to 30 March, where they begin at 7pm.
Hillhead Cricket Club, situated on Hughenden Road in the West End, is more 100 years old and keen to hear from players of all standards.
Hillhead runs three senior teams and junior sides at four age levels.
Its website can be found at www.hillhheadcricket.co.uk.