Chasers leading the way

Chirnside Chasers have been recognised for their efforts
Chirnside Chasers have been recognised for their efforts

Chirnside Chasers have been shortlisted for an award by Scottish Athletics for their annual ceremony which will be held on October 29at the Hilton hotel in Glasgow.

It is an occasion which allows Scottish Athletics to celebrate and acknowledge all that is best in the sport – from athletes to coaches to clubs to officials and volunteers.

Chirnside Chasers are one of five clubs who have been shortlisted for the prestigious Impact Club of the Year.

This category is for clubs who over the year have merited due prominence and recognition in terms of their efforts to grow the sport in their communities.

In this category, in particular, there is a good reach across Scotland with clubs listed from each of the three districts – east, north and west.

Chirnside Chasers was formed as a Jog Scotland group at the end 2011, by around a dozen like-minded runners keen to share their enthusiasm for running and to encourage new participants into the sport. The club won the 2013 Jog Scotland Group of the year and soon after became a fully affiliated club with Scottish Athletics.

In the last two years the club has continued their progression – in early 2015 the club achieved the foundation mark through Scottish Athletics signifying the club’s commitment to being a safe, effective, child-friendly athletics club.

Then in April 2015 the club received three-year funding through sportsscotland, allowing the club to create the role of a development officer who is now employed part-time by Scottish Athletics with the remit to develop athletics right across the Berwickshire area and now works closely with the local schools.

This award has capped another hugely successful year for Chirnside Chasers and at the 2015 Scottish Athletics awards club coaches Leeann and Stephen Ross won the Scottish Athletics Children Coaches of the year.

This was followed up by Leeann and Stephen winning the Berwickshire Sports coaches of the year and Chirnside Chasers also won the Live Borders – Borders Sports club of the year for 2016.

Leeann said: “To be nominated and shortlisted for this award is brilliant and is testament to the incredible work and commitment being done on a day-to-day basis by the athletes, parents, coaches and everyone else involved with the club. ”

The awards will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on October 29, where the guest of honour will be Olympian Derek Redmond.

The other nominees for the award are Aberdeen AAC, Cumbernauld AAC, Shetland AAC and Springburn Harriers from Glasgow.