Welshman comes out on top in hill race

The Yetholm Hill Race continued to maintain its popularity with hill runners, with 89 competitors taking part in this year’s event. The race, organised by Norham Running Club, took place in near ideal running conditions with calm, grey, cool but dry weather leading to fast times on the day.

The race had a new winner this year with Hugh Aggleton travelling up from Wales to take first place in 67 minutes and 58 seconds. Carnethy’s Paul Faulkner took second place in 69.08 and Phil Sanderson from Elsick Harriers was third in 70.09.

First V40 was Northumberland Fell Runners’ Lee Bennet in 71.43, with Carnegie’s Pete Simpson taking the V50 category in 76.58.

First female runner was Carnethie’s Jill Mykura who finished an impressive 14th overall in 77.36. Julia Connor from Moorfoots was second female in 88.13 followed by Gala’s Rachel Fagan in 90.36. Carnethy Hill Runners won both team prizes.

Host club Norham were well represented despite many members on marshalling duties. First Norham runner and 23rd overall was Tim McCall in 85.13. Other Norham runners were Bill Picket 34th in 90.29, Ewan Walker 35th in 90.35, Rob Stankiewicz 38th in 91.01, Craig Rutherford 60th in 101.54 and Mike Jones 65th in 104.35.

The race was again sponsored by Marshall Leisure from Scremerston and their support enabled the race organisers to donate £350 from race proceeds to the Border Search and Rescue Team.

Meanwhile, Norham Running Club members have been involved in a number of other races recently as the racing season moves into full swing.

At the Haddington 10k Race on an undulating course in warm conditions Brian Finnie ran 46.29 and Richard Adams 72.21.

Les Turnbull was 12th in the Alwinton Fell race in 2hr 12min 8sec. This gruelling race covered 14 miles and 2900 feet climbing.

Last Saturday Bill Picket and Rob Stankiewicz made the long trip to the Isle of Arran for the Glenrosa Horseshoe hill race.

This Long Scottish Classic covered 19.6km with 1540 metres of climbing around the Goatfell area. Bill was 30th in 3.45.38 and Rob 35th in 3.54.42.