Chasers brave the winter elements

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CHIRNSIDE runners have been busy with members taking part in a number of events over the past few weeks.

On Sunday, Peebles was the venue for the third event in the cross country series. Competitors were met with cold but sunny conditions, a layer of snow and ice on the ground.

In the seniors race runners had to tackle the infamous ‘heart attack hill’ and George McMullan continued his fine cross country form finishing 43rd in 31.50. Stevie Ross running his first cross country event was 125th in 37.13.

In the junior race runners had to run two laps of Haylodge Park which contained a sharp hill, Rory Williams sprinted to the line holding off his nearest competitor to win his age group (8-11 age group) in 10.19, Jamie Kinghorn’s improvement continued when he finished sixth in his age group in 11.20, Joey Brown, seventh in his age group in 11.56 and Harry Fuller was eighth in his age group in 11.58.

The previous week Livingston hosted the second round of the East District Cross Country Series. A number of juniors were taking part in the event running for Team Borders.

In the under 11 age group race Rory Williams finished in second place in 5.48, Jamie Kinghorn also ran well and finished in ninth place in 6.16 with the boys team finishing in first place.

In the under 13 age group Joey Brown finished in 32nd place with his time of 10.30. In the under 17 age group race for women Becki Couch also finished in 32nd place with her time of 15.34.

In the second round of the Border Cross Country at Dunbar three Chirnside Chaser runners took part in the senior race. George McMullan was 46th in 29.43, Keith Patterson was 79th in 31.31 and Brenda Dixon was 201st in 41.38.

On the same day in the junior race, Becki Couch finished first in her age group and 29th overall in 18 minutes exactly. Rory Williams was fourth in his age group (16.25) and Jamie Kinghorn ninth in his age group (18.02).

This week Leeann Ross, one of the coaches at Chirnside Chasers is attending the PC Karen Balfour Awards after being nominated for an award for her and the clubs continued work with children and young people.

Chirnside Chasers junior sessions have stopped for the winter but will re-start after the New Near. On Tuesday nights there is a very sociable beginner walk/jog group starting at 7pm.

For those a bit more competitive there is an intermediate running group on a Wednesday night again starting at 7pm.

These groups meet at the car park at the Crosshill in the centre of Chirnsid. All ages and everybody welcome.

The third round of the Borders Cross Country series took place last Sunday at Peebles. The race, hosted by local club Moorfoots, was blessed with superb winter weather with sub zero temperatures and a crisp, sunny day.

Norham Running Club members had some quality performances with the in form Bill Pickett having a season’s best run finishing 27th in 30 minutes and 19 seconds. Mike Jones in his first race of the series was 52nd in 32.26 with Les Turnbull showing his potential finishing 74th in 33.40. Other Norham runners taking part were Rob Stankiewicz 94th in 35.27, Brian Finnie 99th in 35.34 and Allan Macaulay 149th in 38.56. An impressive total of 218 runners finished.

The next round of the series takes place on January 13 when Norham Running Club are hosts at Paxton House.