Our neighbouring Stathkelvin Battalion embraced the BB1000k Challenge. They circumnavigated the Isle of Cumbrae 25 times, travelled the greatest distance of all participating groups and were awarded the Simon Smith Trophy, in memory of the former North of Scotland Development Officer whose passion for outdoor learning was an inspiration to many.
Travelling not quite so far, were our local lads on Saturday, February 7 at the Battalion cross country races, on a crisp clear day at Callendar Park. The Junior event for 11 to 13-year-olds was won in a fast time by Daniel Wright from 1st Polmont (Brightons Church) who, along with his team mates, also secured the team trophy. Next, in 14 to 15-year-olds, Joe Gillespie outran the others to help his Company, 2nd Larbert (Old Church) retain the Intermediate trophy. Then the 16 to 18s did battle in a hard fought event with Matthew Ross of 2nd Larbert winning, but his team was pipped to the post in the team trophy by 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church), by one point. The battalion now has its three teams for the Scottish event at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan on March, 7. Our event was a success thanks to Convenor Brian Allan and his volunteers who marked out the course, acted as marshals, gave first aid cover, provided and erected the marquee, provided energy drinks and, of course, the hardy parents who cheered on the boys whose obvious efforts seemed to redouble as they were loudly acclaimed in the finishing straight.
1st Grangemouth whose table tennis teams seem year on year to also ‘go the distance’ (last year in the national finals) are through to the 4th round again but have suffered a minor set back in that both their teams have been drawn together automatically ensuring progression and elimination of one team. Could be an interesting confrontation!