BORDERS athletes reached the top of the podium last week at the Scottish Schools Championships in Grangemouth.

And the latest success stories has confirmed Peebles High School as the best in the country for girls' athletics.

Having won two golds and a bronze the previous weekend at the Scottish Schools Relay Championships, a clutch of golds over Friday and Saturday made sure they remained on top.

Over the two days Peebles High girls won a further five gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Top performer was 15 year-old Ellie O’Hara from Cardrona, who showed improved speed to take silver in the Under 17 100m on Friday in a time of 12.80s, then smashed the Championship Best Performance in the Triple Jump on Saturday morning by an amazing 61 centimetres, stretching her own Scottish U17 record out to 12.30m, a distance which also bettered the Over 17 Championship Best Performance.

After her triple jump exploits, Ellie than leaped to Long Jump gold in the afternoon with 5.53 metres - gaining her the Dora Stephens Trophy and the Bob Stephen Cup for the best triple jump performance of the championships.

Recognition of her superb performance didn’t stop there as on conclusion of the championships, Ellie was awarded the Frances Barker Shield for the best overall female performance - her name going alongside the likes of Eilidh Child, Yvonne Murray and Lindsey MacDonald on the trophy.

First of the Peebles girls to strike gold was Ailsa Innes who stopped the clock at 58.74 in the Over-17 400m on the Friday afternoon.

Imogen Lewis showed great strength down the home straight to run out a clear winner of the Under-15 300m in 42.04s and Bryony Paterson made it a triple jump double for Peebles when winning the Over-17 title with 10.66m.

Bryony was on the podium again with bronze in the Over-17 Long Jump with 5.28m.

And the final contribution to Peebles’ overall success in topping the medal table came from novice thrower Jessica Mitchell who reached 27.96m in the Under-15 Javelin.

The Peebles boys did not do too badly either with another novice thrower Robbie Mackay taking gold in the Under-15 Javelin with 39.52m and Patrick Cannon bronze in the Under-14 800m in 2.15.61.

Earlston High's Finn Douglas, who competes for the TLJT club, showed great promise to claim the Under 15s 100 metres with a time of 11.77 seconds.

The teenager had been a doubt to even start after suffering an ankle injury at the start of the week.

Fellow Earlston pupil Brogan Beattie claimed bronze in the Under 15 200 metres with a time of 26.90.

And Callum Tharme completed a hat-trick of medals for the school by claiming silver in the Over 17s 3000 metres with a time of 8.53.26.

Berwickshire High claimed two gold medals with Keira Waddell breaking her own her own Championship Best Performance in the Under-17 Girls Javelin with 42.92 metres.

And Rosie Browne took the title in the Over-17 Girls Pole Vault with 2.70m.

Tammie-Louise Hunter also gained silver with her throw of 29.76 metresin the Under-15 Girls Javelin and Keira Waddell was back on the podium to receive bronze for her throw of 10.79m in the Under-17 Shot Putt.

Another very notable performance was from Eloise Kerr who notched up a new PB of 2:45.01 in the U14 girls 800m and a very credible sixth place in her heat.

As well as the medalists there were many other notable performances from Borders athletes.

Euan Hood from Peebles High was sixth in Over 17s 800m, while schoolmate Rianna Sterricks was fifth in the final of the Over 17s 100m.

Fellow Peebles athlete Ailsa Innes was just edged out of a medal into fourth in the final of the Over 17s 800 metres.

Gala Academy athletes Rosie McLeman, in the U17 Shot, and Gregor Collins, in the U17 1500 metres, both had to also settle for fourth place finishes.

David Cathcart of Peebles High was also fourth in the final of Under 14s javelin, while Earlston's Ewan Christie was fifth in the final of the Under 14s 1500 metres.

There was also a fifth place finish for Peebles High's Calvin Simpson in the final of the Under 14s shot.