Nearly 200 compete in Isles’ rural sports day

And they're off!

And they're off!

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LORD SEBASTIAN Coe might not have been in attendance this year – but the logistical nightmare that is the annual Stornoway rural sports day was still declared a resounding success.

Lord Coe – London 2012 chairman – was the star guest in 2010 but despite his absence this year nearly 200 pupils from 26 schools across the Western Isles still made the trek this week.

The event was one of a host going on across the country throughout the week as part of Bank of Scotland’s National School Sport Week.

And, despite Mother Nature doing her best to de-rail proceedings, Active Schools Co-ordinator for the Greater Broadbay region Magnus Moncrieff, insisted it had been a resounding success.

“One of the biggest challenges for the day is to get all the different schools here but it has all worked out fantastically in the end,” said Moncrieff – the event’s brainchild.

“The schools have made a massive effort to be here, getting up very early in the morning to make long, long journeys to be here and it has all gone well.

“It has been a lot of work getting all the teams to enter and it was nerve racking worrying if everyone would arrive but they all did and it was a good day.”

Delivered in partnership with sportscotland, Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week will see over 330,000 people across the country take part in a range of sporting activities.

The 26 schools taking part in the athletics meet at the Lewis Sports Centre were some of 1,400 schools, from every region of Scotland taking part in National School Sport Week.

And Stornoway Primary School pupil Eilidh Macleod was quick to echo the positive assessment of Moncrieff – despite the weather conditions.

“The weather was not the best but it was a really good day and I enjoyed it,” said Macleod – a Stornoway Running and Athletics Club member.

“Despite the weather everyone had a good time and it was nice to be involved – I did the high jump and the 800m.”

Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week uses London 2012 to inspire children to achieve a personal best in Olympic and Paralympic sports, please visit - www.bankofscotland.co.uk/nationalschoolsportweek