Bagley wins inaugural ‘Wee Toughie’ at St Abbs

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Competitors were greeted with glorious, bright, autumnal sunshine - perfect running conditions for the inaugural Wee Toughie 10k organised by RunEyemouth and BSLT.

Tweed Striders and RunDuns (TSRD) were out in force fielding a team of 11 out of a total of 45 runners.

The race started - and finished - on the sand at Coldingham Bay before heading up some 91 steps (!) towards the coastal path and the village of St Abbs; the route then took in a road section through the village up to the farm and headed towards St Abbs Head – but not before an “off road detour” around the Mire Loch and a more direct, straight up route to the lighthouse.

Once the runners reached the lighthouse they would have been rewarded with some spectacular views of the coastline.

On this occasion, however, there was no time to stand and admire as the race then followed the road back towards St Abbs and retraced its steps along the coastal path, down “those” steps again and a quick sprint along the beach to the finish line.

Leading from start to finish, so a very deserving winner, was Tweed Striders’ Ross Bagley. Ross romped round the course in an impressive 39.09 and, in the process, took the scalps of some very notable runners.

Jane Holmes of RunDuns was the first female from the TSRD contingent to cross the line; Jane’s spirited run of 51.12 meant that, not only was she second in age category and 4th female overall, she also took the prize for female vet.

Other TSRD members and their times were Doug Small 49.18, Johnny McMurchie 50.21; James Blair 51.03, Mel Ellis 53.32 (2nd in category and fourth female overall in her first ever off-road race), Colin Thompson 58.10; Julia Keddie 60.29; Pamela Toward 61.11, Nicola Foggon 77.29 and Gill Brownlie 77.35.

The unanimous consensus of opinion was that the race certainly lives up to its name!

Meanwhile, further south, Tweed Striders’ Christian Young was taking part in Run Northumberland’sMatfen 10k; he put in a super run to finish in 20th spot (out of 168) in a time of 41.36.

Two weeks earlier, Christian had travelled the short distance from Berwick to Chirnside to line up alongside 11 others for the Chirnside Chasers’ 10k.

Whilst Christian ran a well-paced race to take fourth place in 42.24, the undulating course plus the final steep uphill 2k compromised all his plans for a fast time. Finally, on Sunday 21 Edinburgh Gill Brownlie, Tweed Striders’ Senior Athlete of the Year, and daughter Amy Johnston took part in the Chest Heart and Stroke Roadblock Run, a “fun, friendly, foamy 10K”; both had a ball – and probably a bath too!