THE Clackmannanshire Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Lornshill Academy recently.

All three secondary schools were represented and the top-placed athletes have qualified to represent Clackmannanshire at the regional cross country event on February 27 next year.

There was also a number of pupils from secondary school support services competing alongside the other pupils.

Despite the damp conditions, the course was able to cope with the event and slight overhead rain did not discourage pupils from doing their best.

There were 160 pupils entered with pupils in S1 and S2 running a measured route of a mile, with S3 to S6 running 1.5 miles.

Richard O'Grady from Scottish Athletics and Wee County Harriers was in attendance and supported the event.

All athletes acquitted themselves well, but special mention goes to Grace Tindall from Alva Academy who took the S5 girls title again this year, taking her winning run stretch to seven years after coming first in every race since she competed as a Primary 6 pupil back in 2013.

Hot on Grace's history-making heels is Shona Whyte from Lornshill Academy who won the S3 girls race making it four titles in a row.

In addition, the Lornshill girls made it a clean sweep of medals in this category with Kiera Malloy & Megan Gardner lifting silver and bronze.

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