TEN local primary schools met up recently for the annual Helensburgh and Lomond area athletics competition at Ardencaple, beside Lomond School’s sports hall.

The weather was sunny and perfect for the occasion, which allowed more than 130 pupils to participate in the different athletic disciplines.

Lomond’s PE staff and senior pupils were assisted by members of Helensburgh Athletics Club as well as Active Schools Co-ordinator Martin Caldwell, who also sponsored the medals for the event.

Craig Dunlop was the official starter, with David Cameron, Wilson Hamilton, Lesley Serpell, Daz Murphy, Alexander Lewis and Kirsty Johnston - of Hermitage Academy PE Department - all helping Margery Taylor, head of PE at Lomond School, officiate these events.

In the 60m heats, the fastest seven runners made the final and the girls' competition was won by Mia Reid (Colgrain), with Nnenna Ogbu (Rosneath) second, and third was Roisin Kavanagh (Rhu).

In the boys’ final, the gold medal was presented to Alex Brown (Rhu), silver went to Sam Macleod (Cardross) and bronze to Stephen Beaton (Colgrain).

The 600m race was three laps of the 200m track and Sasha Walker from Rhu finished first in 2 minutes and 5 seconds, while Lucy Macrae (Hermitage) was second in 2 minutes 8 seconds and third was Heather Cromar (Hermitage) in 2 minutes 12seconds.

The boys' race was won in style by Ben Willis (Colgrain) in 1 minute 55 seconds, after that was second place Andrew McNair (Cardross) in 2 minutes 1 second and third place went to Harvey McKenna (Hermitage) in 2 minutes 5 seconds.

The standing long jump took place in the long jump pit. Robyn Spalding (Hermitage) recorded the best jump of 2m 8cm, Joscelyn Peddie-Temple (Colgrain) jumped 1m 96cm for second and Rhona MacKinnon (Cardross) reached 1m 95cm to take third.

In the boys’ event, Ross Carmichael from Rhu jumped 1m 92cm, second was James Andrade (Colgrain) with 1m 86cm, and third was Murray Du Toit (Hermitage) with a jump of 1m 81cm.

The shot put competition saw Caitriona Stewart (Colgrain) achieve gold with 7m 34cm, Ryah Lundie (Colgrain) take silver with 5m 93cm and Lauren May (St Joseph’s) win the bronze medal with a throw of 5m 74cm.

In the boys' shot put, the best throw of the competition was from winner Jamie Senior (Colgrain) with a throw of 8m 39cm, Robert Court (Cardross) won silver and Korab Murtezi (Hermitage) won bronze.

The relay races were run in heats and the 4 fastest teams ran again in the final.

The girls’ final was won by Colgrain, with Mia Reid, Caitriona Stewart, Niamh Mallett and Samantha Barella receiving their gold medals.

Hermitage’s relay team of Heather Cromar, Lucy Macrae, Emily Craig and Joy Fletcher finished second, and bronze medals went to Rhu's team of Roisin Kavanagh, Amy Daveney, Sasha Walker and Louisa Brown.

In the boys’ relay, Rhu (William Harrison, Ross Carmichael, Alex Brown and Fraser Hart) were first, while Colgrain (Ben Willis, Stephen Beaton, Ryan Grant and Jamie Godwin) were runners-up and Cardross (Sam Macleod, Lewis Tokeley, Andrew McNair and Cameron Williams) finished third.

Margery Taylor (Head of Lomond School PE) and overall coordinator for the event led the medal presentations and finished up by thanking all the participants and supporters who turned out on the day and the members of staff who accompanied the pupils.