Going the extra mile

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THE East Renfrewshire school’s cross country was set to be a chance for two of the area’s top young running hopefuls to duke it out.

Williamwood’s Grant Muir and Mearns Castle’s Luke Traynor are team mates at Giffnock North Athletic’s club.

However, Mr Traynor found himself lost during an extended warm up and he missed the starting pistol.

As rivals competing for different schools in this year’s cross country event, the pair were hotly tipped to challenge for gold.

But it wasn’t to be as 17-year-old Mr Muir found the race to be a bit less challenging than expected, winning at a canter.

The sixth-year pupil told ExtraSport: “I know he was gutted to miss the race but we’ll have a chance to compete against each other at the Scottish Schools.

“It was a very difficult terrain with lots of hills but it was certainly a lot easier without having to worry about Luke”.

The girls senior race was won by Maddie Murray (17), also a Williamwood pupil, who runs at Giffnock North.

She said: “Preparation is key, I think both myself and Grant put a lot of work in during the winter and that made the difference”.

The event took place at Woodfarm Secondary school which welcomed 180 primary pupils and 230 secondary pupils to challenge for medals.

However, it was Williamwood’s day as the school won five gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

They also were victorious in all but one (the S1 girls which Mearns Castle won) of the team categories.

Race organiser Stuart McCracken— Woodfarm PE teacher — said: “Well done to all the participants.

“A lot of people went out their way to make it a great day, especially Kenny Gibson and Alex McVake who were up at 7am setting the course.

“Next year we hope to turn the race into a qualifying event for the Scottish Schools”.