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2014 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

erin_shortlist_posterIn an amazing achievement, Erin has been shortlisted from 3,400 participants to exhibit her work at Edinburgh’s ‘Museum of Childhood’ on the Royal Mile from 23 May until 25 August – make it a date if you can.

Further details can be found online at: https://www.edfringe.com/about-us/poster from 22 May.

The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. It was launched in 1980 and since then over 100,000 young people aged from 5 – 16 across Scotland have put their artistic and creative talents to the test to create a poster that reflects what the Fringe means.

Each year, the shortlisted posters are displayed in a special exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer. The winning design becomes the official poster for that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used for a range of merchandise, from postcards and magnets to mugs and t-shirts.

Shona Johnston the Art Teacher said, I really enjoy offering this competition to pupils as it is a particularly ideal Curriculum for Excellence project covering all bases. The competition is a valuable teaching aid and experience for all of our pupils from 5 – 16. The pupils love it – a real design brief with excellent resources available and the incentive to win money. It is a project I always look forward to working on.

Thank you and well done to all who took part. Erin, take a bow!

Inspired Will In Top Form In Edinburgh

will_marathonIt’s a few weeks past now, but on the 26th May local resident Will Wright joined 27,000 people at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

This is Scotland’s biggest running festival and attracts runners from all over the world, from beginners right through to elite international athletes.

“It was a last minute entry into the marathon as I was supposed to be racing at the triathlon world championships that weekend, but I opted for the marathon instead. And I’m glad I did, it was an amazing event, so many people taking part and the streets lined with spectators.”

The festival was over 2 days with races of 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon distance, as well as Junior and Relay races. The event’s charity partner was Macmillan Cancer Support, with many runners raising funds for this, and other causes.

“Running seems to bring out the best in people, the atmosphere on the start line was just inspiring, and with so many people running for good causes there was a real emotional attachment to completing the challenge. There were cheers of support all around the course from spectators and other runners.”

The marathon was won by elite Ethiopian athlete Tola Lema in 2hrs15, followed by John Kales from Kenya. A few places back in 13th was Will Wright in a finishing time of 2hrs40.

“I’m delighted to finish so high up, and to get a time like that has made all the training worth it, so many laps around Tiree, so many times up to the golf ball and along the beach. I love running on Tiree anyway, and to get a good result at a race as big as Edinburgh is really encouraging.”

With lots of international runners competing, the top places were taken up by visiting runners from all over the world. Will’s finish time managed to get him the trophy for 1st Scottish Runner – “It was a bit of a surprise, but I felt that living and training on Tiree, and being able to train with lots of people here, I was collecting that trophy as one for the whole Tiree Team. I think it shows that even living on a small island, it’s possible to work towards something like that and actually do quite well. So I’ll pass that title to Team Tiree as a thank you for all the encouragement that people have shown me as I run and bike around the island –  thank you!”

Will’s next event is an Ironman Triathlon in Spain at the end of July where he will be racing for the first time as a Pro athlete.

Will is sponsored by Scott Running, The Natural Ketosis Company and XTerra Wetsuits.