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McRobert Cup reaches record proportions

By Staff Reporter

ORGANISERS have hailed the biggest-ever turn-out for a well-established Highland primary schools’ cross-country extravaganza in Inverness.

The annual McRobert Cup, first staged in 2003, attracted a record-breaking entry of 1048 runners from 43 schools for a morning of keenly-contested team and individual races at the city’s Bught Park.

Active schools co-ordinator Sarah Liebnitz was delighted with how smoothly the event went.

A continuing increase in numbers is challenging, but it ran without a hitch thanks in part to over 60 volunteers made up from schools, parents, volunteers, Jog Scotland, UHI, Inverness Harriers and the Active Schools Team.

“It was super-smooth and slick,” Liebnitz said.

“The first race started at 10.50am and within two hours we were handing out team results at the presentations.

“We had a 1048 runners and 43 schools, but it all went like clockwork – and it was just a fantastic day for all involved.

“It was the biggest ever it just seems to grow every year.

The pupils from primary two to primary seven ages enjoyed a great atmosphere.

“They were watched by a lot of smiling parents and grannies and grandads.

“When it started out at Charleston Academy, the McRobert Cup had about 180 boys and girls so the growth in participation has been phenomenal.”

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