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By Fiona Reid

RELAY runners from primary schools across Annandale and Eskdale were on their marks on Monday for the Annandale and Eskdale Primary Schools Sprint Relay Finals.

A record entry of children were ready, steady, go at the Everholm Running Track in Annan.
A total of 23 schools were represented totalling 48 relay teams and 192 pupils from p4-7 in small schools and p6-7 in large schools.
The prizes were presented by young wheelchair racer Shelby Watson, from Johnstonebridge, and Richard Murray from Magnox Limited. He said: ”There was another great turn out of children and schools and the standard of the young athletes was excellent. Maybe one of these young children will go on to be one of the next generation of great athletes from this country.”
The sprint relay finals are organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council and is part of the Annandale and Eskdale PEPAS calendar of events, sponsored by Magnox Limited.
Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee chairman Cllr Ronnie Ogilvie said: “It is great to see such large turnout from schools for this sporting event and the encouragement shown to children. We must also pay tribute to Magnox Limited who continue to invest in sport for young people in Annandale and Eskdale which has led to record numbers of children participating and achieving from our area.
“Thanks must also go to officials from Annan and District Athletics Club, young sport leaders from Annan Academy and Primary PE Specialists for their help with delivering this event.”
The results were as follows: –
Girls Sprint Relay: 1st Newington Primary A; 2nd Eastriggs Primary A; 3rd Newington Primary B
Boys Sprint Relay: 1st Newington Primary A; 2nd Lockerbie Primary; 3rd Lochmaben Primary
Small Schools Sprint Relay: 1st Kirkpatrick Fleming Primary 2nd Eaglesfield Primary; 3rd Brydekirk Primary

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