It was indifferent weather conditions which greeted runners last Sunday for the penultimate leg of this year’s Borders XC series, at Dunbar, with the mud of the previous legs being swapped for strength-sapping sand.
However, nothing seems to deter the tenacious Gala Harriers’ juniors as it was Gala’s Callum Tharme and Katie Rourke who, respectively, captured first spot in the boys’ and girls’ races in 13.31 and 15.25.
Tweed Striders juniors, although missing Georgia Davidson through illness, were very ably represented by Lochlann Huntly and Niamh Simmons; both put in fine performances to cross the line in 19.21 and 20.36 respectively.
In the Seniors race whilst Carnethy’s Charlotte Morgan took first spot in the ladies’ race in 27.36, with Rachel Haines of Hunters Bog Trotters second in 28.10.
In the men’s race the seemingly invincible Carnethy proved, in fact, to be vincible as they did not manage to repeat their successes of the previous legs. Instead it was Musselburgh and District AC’s Dessie Flanagan who was first over the line in 25.41, followed by David Wright of Hunters Bog Trotters (25.42).
Running well for TSRD (Tweed Striders RunDuns) was Ross Bagley who took 27th spot (out of 163) in a good 29.20. Ross was followed home by Christian Young 31.39 and Johnnie McMurchie (34.56).
First to cross the line for the TSRD ladies was Mel Ellis who scampered round in 38.02. Next to finish was Colin Thompson (40.09), Julia Keddie (44.04), Pamela Toward (45.26), Karen Bagley (46.10), Gill Brownlie (52.37), Helen Huntly (53.34) and Judith Thompson (57.46).
The final round and series presentation takes place on Sunday, February 15 and will be hosted by Tweed Striders at Conundrum Farm, Berwick, courtesy of Nigel and Lynn Dudgeon.