WATCH: Close finishes in cross country series

The 25th Anniversary of the Borders Cross-Country Series drew to a close last Sunday with the seventh and final leg hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum courtesy of Nigel and Lynn Dudgeon.

The 73 junior and 131 senior runners were treated to calm and relatively mild weather, indicative of spring being perhaps not too far away. This, coupled with great conditions underfoot, made for good fast running on both courses.

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

Having taken on board feedback from last year, Tweed Striders had a new course awaiting the juniors, one complete with undulations, mud and the now compulsory water feature!

Gala Harriers, as they have all season, dominated the junior section with, in the boys’ race, club mates Callum Tharme and James Logan taking it right to the wire to finish in 9.34 and 9.41 respectively.

In the girls’ race it was Gala’s Susannah Godfrey-Faussett who took first spot in 10.50, followed by club mate Cara Hogg (11.44). Pulling on their XC shoes for the final time this season were Tweed Striders’ Niamh Simmons and Georgia Davidson who finished in 13.53 and 15.13 respectively.

In the senior men’s race Carnethy’s Michael Reid once again took first spot (23.48) but he had to work for his victory as he was chased right to the line by David Wright of Hunters Bog Trotters (23.56). Ross Bagley of TSRD (Tweed Striders RunDuns) put in a superb performance to cross the line in 15th place and 26.37 and was a very worthy winner of the trophy for First Junior Male.

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

In the senior ladies’ race Hunters Bog Trotters’ Ellis McKechanie was first to finish in 27.14, followed by Kirstin Maxwell of Gala Harriers (27.24). TSRD were also represented in the seniors’ race by Johnny McMurchie (32.09), Jane Holmes (34.21), Mel Ellis (35.14), Colin Thompson (36.36), Laura Walton (42.44), Keighley Walton (44.18), Gill Brownlie (51.07) and Nicola Foggon (53.19).

Results of both races, plus final category winners/placings etc, are available to view on www.bordersxc.com.

Finally, Tweed Striders would like to thank all those who gave up their time so willingly to make the day such a success.

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill

The final stage of the Borders Series Cross Country was hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, with runners battling Halidon Hill