Chasers among national prizes

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Chirnside Chasers Running Club were celebrating at the weekend after landing two national Scottish Awards.

They lifted the JogScotland Group of the Year for 2013 whilst three boys won the Scottish Primary Schools Road Relay race.

On Saturday, Jamie Kinghorn, Ben Reynolds and Rory Williams travelled to Grangemouth to take part in the Scottish primary road relay championships. Each boy did one mile before passing on to the next, and with 54 teams from all over Scotland for the primary 7 race competition was going to be tough.

The three boys who are members of Chirnside Chasers and also train with Henry Gray in Eyemouth, were in confident mood following a second place at the National Cross Country team event earlier in the year, but knew that no Borders School had ever won the event in its 26 year history.

Jamie ran the difficult first leg, with a lot of teams putting their best runner out first but he ran brilliantly tagging Ben in 6thmanaged to pick up a few runners and handed over to Rory in 3rd on his leg. Rory had managed to catch and pass the two runners in front of him and brought the Chirnside team home in first place in a total time of 14.36 for the three miles, Second was Inshes from Inverness (14.43) and in third place was Hutchesons Grammer (14.56) from Glasgow.

This is a remarkable feat by the boys with a class total of just 17 pupils to have the Scottish Champions within is testament to the boys hard work, attitude and team spirit.

Following the success in Grangemouth, eight members of Chirnside Chasers Club travelled to Glasgow for the Scottish Athletic and JogScotland Awards ceremony.

Chirnside Chasers had been shortlisted for the group of the year for 2013.

The club was formed in December 2011, by around a dozen like-minded runners keen to share their enthusiasm for running and to encourage new participants into the sport.

The driving force behind the group was, and still is, the husband and wife team of Stephen and Leeann Ross who took on the role of coaches.

They began a weekly beginners walk/jog group on a Tuesday night with the emphasis on encouraging new people into running and a weekly intermediate group on a Wednesday night for the more competitive runners.

Chirnside Chasers now have a very active junior section with as many as 60 members. Further info from www.chirnsidechaser.org.uk