Edinburgh runners dominate at Paxton cross country

The Paxton House leg of the Borders Cross Country Series attracted a large field.
The Paxton House leg of the Borders Cross Country Series attracted a large field.

Carnethy Hill Running Club enjoyed double success at the Paxton House cross country race, the Edinburgh club’s runners winning both the senior men and senior ladies’ race.

The fifth leg of the Borders cross country series was hosted by Norham Running Club at Paxton House in wet and windy conditions, but still attracted a big field.

This year new courses, carefully planned by Les Turnbull to tax the off-road skills of all, awaited both the juniors and seniors.

In the senior race there were no surprises when Carnethy continued their winning form, Michael Reid and Andrew Gilmore taking first and second place in the men’s race (17.15 and 17.26 respectively).

Although Gala Harriers’ Dianne Lauder put up a very good fight in the ladies’ race, she still had to settle for second place (19.34) to Carnethy’s Charlotte Morgan (18.56). it was a reverse of the placings of the previous day’s Scottish Inter-District XC where Dianne was second counter for the East of Scotland.

In the junior race, Gala Harriers claimed the top spots with James Logan (10.54) and Susannah Godfrey-Faussett (11.43) winning the boys’ and girls’ races.