Rory wins again as young Chirnside athletes dominate Edinburgh event

Chirnside Chasers Rory Williams (centre) finishing first, and Ben Renyolds (right) following in third at the great winter bupa run at Holyrood Park.
Chirnside Chasers Rory Williams (centre) finishing first, and Ben Renyolds (right) following in third at the great winter bupa run at Holyrood Park.

YOUNG Chirnside runners dominated at the Great Edinburgh Run with three runners in the top four.

On Saturday hundreds of runners took part in the Great Edinburgh Winter run at Holyrood Park and in the junior race aged 7-10 years Chirnside had six runners taking part.

A dry and unusually mild Holyrood Park was the perfect backdrop, where the mixed terrain was the challenge for the 2.5km course with one part on grass and the other on the road.

Rory Williams, Jamie Kinghorn and Ben Reynolds, who all train with both Henry Gray’s East Coast Track Club and Chirnside Chasers, lined up at the start along with Daniel Ross, Hamish Reynolds and Jack Jones.

Rory, who had previously won the Great North Run and the Great Edinburgh Run, continued his excellent running by winning the race. Rory was considerably faster than last year and indeed last year’s winning time completing the course in 8.13.

Jamie Kinghorn was just behind Rory, also finishing on the podium in third place, just one second behind the second place finisher in 8.34.

Ben Reynolds also ran well finishing in fourth place in 8.42.

To have three runners in the top four of a major event is testament to the dedication these boys display week after week in training.

Also running well was seven-year-old Daniel Ross who beat a large number of older boys and ran 10.41 for 35th place. Jack Jones, running in one of his first events, also did very well finishing the course in 12.41 and Hamish Reynolds also ran well. Well done to all the boys.

This augurs well for the forthcoming Scottish Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in Kircaldy Rory, Jamie and Ben are in Primary 6 at Chirnside Primary School.

Coaches Henry Gray, Leanne Ross and Steven Ross are delighted with the boys’ performances and all three boys have worked hard over the Christmas period and thoroughly deserve their success.

Cara Hogg from Hutton finished in a fine fourth place in the under 14 girls race.

Chirnside Chasers juniors training will start again in a few weeks’ time, however, for those wanting to get a bit fitter or lose some festive weight there is a very sociable beginner’s walk/jog group on a Tuesday night starting at 7pm.

For those a bit more competitive there is an intermediate running group on a Wednesday night again starting at 7pm. These groups meet at the car park at the Crosshill in the centre of Chirnside, all ages and everybody welcome.