Another year, another weel-kent face. Gerald Tait crossed the Duke Street finish line in first place on a wet Monday morning to win Coldstream Civic Week’s Dub Dash.
Sporting an eye-catching pair of black and white Bermuda shorts, the former cricketer and council employee from Wooler won the 2013 men’s final in (his very own) style.
With rain falling heavily, underfoot conditions were tricky for what turned into a splash-and-dash event.
But having eased himself into the final by finishing second in the heat, Gerald had plenty left in the tank for the grand finale and looked like a sure-fire winner from start to finish.
Leaving the field trailing in his wake, he powered his way frae Broon’s Dairy up tae the auld Pad’n Can to cross the line with arms aloft.
Ten minutes later, he was recognised in the traditional way by becoming the subject of a new, hastily-written verse for the traditional Ballad of the Dub Dash song, which was expertly belted out by race organisers from under umbrellas.
Gerald was, of course, also presented with the trophy and a Dub Dash winner’s tie, joining a prestigious list that dates back to the inaugural Dub Dash in 1989.
These days, of course, it is not just the men who take part.
This year’s ladies’ race was won by last year’s runner-up Anna Mulvey. The guards race and the principals’ race were as competitive as ever.