PRIORSFORD pupil Emma Moran repeated her 2023 victory in the primary schools race for girls at the Three Bridges Races.

The sun shone until the very last race when the heavens opened, but no one cared at the annual Beltane event.

There was some great entertainment and fantastic competitive running with Tweed Green proving to be an idyllic setting for exciting racing.

A huge crowd was in great voice and cheered all the athletes home even after the rain poured down.

The schools’ relay races, all sponsored by Paul and Louise Spence, proved to be an excellent warm up for the other races and whipped the spectators into a cheering frenzy.

Parents, family and teachers were screaming at the sidelines, encouraging the runners’ every step.

The winner of the primary schools relay race for P4/P5, involving schools of less than 120 pupils, was Broughton. Newlands were the runners up while Halyrude finished third and Walkerburn ended in fourth.

The relay race for P4 children from schools with more than 120 pupils really got the crowd going with some fantastic running. In the end Priorsford triumphed, nudging Kingsland into second, with St Ronan’s third and West Linton behind.

The final relay race was for P5s, from schools with more than 120 pupils, and it saw a repeat of the P4 races, with the placings exactly the same.

The primary schools race for girls was won by the team from St Ronan’s, however, as a result of a slight calculation error, it was decided to award both the Priorsford and Kingsland teams second place, with Priorsford also in third.

Priorsford continued their success by taking the boys’ race with Blair Moody the first runner home. The final results were Priorsford A in first, Priorsford B in second and Kingsland in third.

The primary school races were followed by the inaugural high school race.

All entrants were given a medal for their efforts round the course. The organisers aim to expand on this for next year to make it two competitive races.

The final race of the afternoon was the club run, more commonly referred to as the fun run.

The race had an entry of more than 60 runners, young and more mature, with ages ranging from five to 55.

The individual winner was Ben McGeoch. William Edge, aged five, the youngest in the race for the second year, ran without an escort, beating many older athletes to the line.

Mr Spence said: “The organisers would like to thank everyone once again especially the runners and spectators who came along to support the day.

“See you in 2025 for more fun and games.”

The event was sponsored by Kingsmuir Construction (Peebles) Limited.