Chasers nominated for top award

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FOLLOWING nomination for Jog Scotland community group of the year 2012, Chirnside Chasers have been short-listed for the award.

This is a coveted title, which is presented at the Scottish Athletics Award ceremony by Paralympian quadruple gold medallist David Weir in Glasgow later this month.

To be recognized by Jog Scotland and be in the top three groups out of over 400 clubs in the country is testament to all the fantastic members, coaches and committee involved with Chirnside Chasers.

Whatever happens at the awards ceremony to be nominated and short-listed for a small club in the Borders is a fantastic achievement. Leeann Ross one of the coaches at Chirnside Chasers said: “To be nominated is a great honour, however, to be invited to attend the award ceremony with other fantastic groups is unbelievable and is all down to the hard work of those involved with Chirnside Chasers.”

It has also been a busy few weeks for Chirnside Chasers runners who have been taking part in various events all over Scotland. After a summer, which appears to have inspired young people to take up running, Chirnside Chaser Junior sessions have proved to be successful with a large turnout attending every week for training.

On Sunday ten Chirnside Chasers runners took part in the mini and junior Great Edinburgh Run. A sun soaked Edinburgh Holyrood Park was the perfect backdrop, where thousands of runners took part in the various events held during the day

Rory Williams continued his excellent form, following on from his victory at the Junior Great North Run in September, Rory, who also trains with Henry Gray won the 9 to 11 age group for boys race over the 2.5 kilometer course.

In a close contest Rory managed to pass his nearest competitor just before the line finishing in a time of 8.49. Rory was pleased to receive his trophy from Freya Murray who competed for Team GB at the London Olympics finishing the first British woman in the marathon.

Also running in the same race was Jamie Kinghorn who ran well and finished in 13th place in a time of 9.41. To have two boys from Chirnside finishing inside the top 15 at a large event such as this is a great achievement.

Jamie was closely followed home by Andrew Duff who came 40th in a time of 10.34, then Robbie Paulin who was 46th in 10.51.

In the same race but in the girls category Hannah Wilkes had another great run and was 30th completing the course in 11.41. In the mini race, which over the slightly shorter distance of 1.5K for children aged between 3 -8 years, Daniel Ross ran well finishing in the top 30. Also in the same race and competing in their first race were Arran and Katie Donaghue and Oliver and Will Wilks. Well done to all the junior runners.

Rob Harvey has also been busy competing in a number of different races in the past month. In September Rob competed in the Scottish Coast to Coast event.

The event traverses one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the Scottish Highlands by bike, foot and Kayak covering just over 100 miles including a marathon distance on foot. This event takes place over two days and Rob completed it in a remarkable 11 hours 45 minutes and 45 seconds which was 42nd place out of 574 competitors.

A few weeks later Rob again traveled north to take part in the Loch Ness Marathon, also running the marathon was Brenda Dixon. Over 9000 runners took part which was accompanied with blue skies and sunshine. Rob finished the marathon in 3hrs42.28 and was 138th for his age/gender. Brenda also run well finishing in a time of 4hrs32.42 and was 131st in her age/gender. Well done to all the runners over the past few weeks.

Chirnside Chasers now has three training nights with a junior session for children aged 5-14 years on a Monday between 6pm and 7pm, meeting at Chirnside Football Club. On Tuesday night there is a very sociable beginner’s walk/jog grout 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 Chirnside, all ages and everybody welcome.