PUPILS from nine Helensburgh and Lomond primary schools locked horns at Lomond School's sports ground last week in the area's annual athletics championships.

Sponsored by Active Schools and organised by Lomond School's PE department, the event saw more than 125 pupils from Arrochar, Cardross, Colgrain, Hermitage, Kilcreggan, Rhu, Rosneath, St Joseph's and Lomond take part in the track and field events, with many participating in multiple disciplines during the course of the day.

The first event, the 60-metre sprints, featured three heats for the girls and three for the boys; the girls' final was won by Skye Evans in 9.09 seconds, ahead of Serena Brannan (9.18) and Romy Taylor (9.33).

In the boys' final, gold went to Ross Fulton in 8.64 seconds. with the silver medal going to Ross Scott (9.07) and the bronze to Callan MacEachern in 9.19 seconds.

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The girls' 600m final saw Eilidh Gammons take gold in two minutes and 3.96 seconds; Bea Del Priore was second in 2:10.98, and third was Molly Ferguson in 2:15.48.

In the boys' final, the two-minute barrier was smashed by the first two finishers, with Alastair Graham storming round the track to take gold in 1:52.83, seven seconds clear of runner-up Rory Caldwell in 1:59.85. Yanick Cowey finished third in a time of 2:4.57.

The girls' standing long jump competition saw Holly Kennard and Candi Bell both record a best jump of 1.85 metres, but it was Holly who took the gold medal thanks to a 'second best' of 1.85cm, though Candi wasn't far behind with a next-best jump of 1.81m. The bronze medal went to Iona Calma with a best of 1.86m.

The boys' standing long jump competition was won by Finn Holling, whose best effort of 1.93 metres was three centimetres clear of runner-up Isaac McAvoy; the podium was completed by Olivier Mathis, whose best jump of 1.83m was enough to win him the bronze medal.

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Elsewhere, a throw of 6.21 metres won Hannah McPartland the girls' shot-put gold medal, with Ellie Jamieson taking silver on 5.94m and Annabel MacRae bronze with a best of 5.47m.

The best throw of the boys' shot-put competition came from winner Abdul Mohammed, whose huge attempt of 8.65 metres was enough to win him the gold medal by a considerable margin.

His nearest competition came from Marley Walsh, whose best throw was measured at just one centimetre short of seven metres; Finlay McIntosh was the boys' bronze medallist with a throw of 5.80 metres.

Back on the track, the relay events were also run in heats, with the four fastest teams from each making it through to the final.

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The Cardross quartet of Anna Grant, Candi Bell, Megan Querns and Skye Evans won the girls' final in one minute and 5.31 seconds, with Rhu (Bea Del Priore, Eva Jenkins, Emma Wilson and Serena Brannan) finishing very close runners-up, just 0.31 seconds behind.

Hermitage Primary (Eilidh Gammons, Sophie Bennie-Twist, Sarah Peterson and Holly Kennard) completed the podium with a time of 1:05.90.

The boys' relay was won by Hermitage (Ross Fulton, Rory Caldwell, Alastair Graham and Finn Holling) in a time of 1 min 00.21secs, well clear of Rhu's Robbie Barbour, John Payne, Saul Rodgers and Ross Scott in 1:05.04 – with Arrochar (Ollie Butcher, Callan MacEachern, Lachlan O’Neill and Findlay Mustarde) very close behind in 1:05.39.

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All the medals were sponsored by Active Schools’ Martin Caldwell and presented to the winners after the relays. Lomond’s staff, Margery Taylor, Craig Dunlop, Felicity Arthur and Lesley Serpell were assisted by Lynn Cawley, Matt Scott, Daz Murphy and other very helpful staff from the other primary schools.