After a record turnout for the 2014 Curfew Run which pushed systems and organisation to – and over – breaking point, Tweed Striders decided a return to the “drawing-board” for this year’s event.
This required in order that the 2015 race was not only “fit-for-purpose ” but also to ensure that it was an enjoyable experience for all runners, regardless of age.
The first change was to establish online entry for the event and the second change was to introduce two races. Consequently, Wednesday 8 July saw the first ever Curfew Fun Run which kicked off proceedings at 7.30pm.
This race was designed for all junior runners aged 12 and under, adult fun runners and families who wished to run together. Its purpose was “fun for all the family” and, judging by the sea of happy faces both during and after, its purpose was well and truly achieved.
With glorious evening sunshine showcasing the Elizabethan Walls beautifully, 133 fun runners took part in the Curfew Fun Run with Gregor Collins (Gala Harriers) storming round to claim the trophy for First Junior Boy in 7.43 and Tweed Striders’ Megan Anderson crossing the line in 8.51 to take the trophy for First Junior Girl.
There were trophies, too, for the adults, specifically First Senior Man and First Senior Lady, and these went to Simon Dakers (10.38) and Tweed Striders’ Karen Roughead (10.58) respectively.
Other Tweed Striders Juniors who ran in the Curfew Fun Run were Owen Anderson (9.17), Katie Thompson (12.10), Abigail Huntly (12.41), Finlay Bowden (13.17), Cerys Bowden (14.54), Brodie Nairn (15.09) and Archie Nairn (24.00); they were accompanied by Tweed Striders Seniors Helen Huntly, Deborah Bowden, Gemma Nairn, Gill Brownlie and Amy Johnston.
No sooner had the Curfew Fun Run finished then 71 runners (aged 13 and over) lined up at the start for the traditional Curfew Run. Determined to prove a point was local lad Nathan Cox (Morpeth Harriers) and prove a point he most certainly did! Nathan set a new course record of 6.05 as he flew round to win the race and trophy for First Senior Man.
The trophy for First Senior Lady went to Jenny Patterson who finished in 8.14 and taking the spoils for First Junior Boy and First Junior Girl were William Darling and Liberty Holloway who crossed the line in 7.07 and 8.32 respectively. Tweed Striders taking part were Sam Livesey (6th, 7.20), Martin McCleary (7.42), Paul Trotter (7.43), Steve Lauder (8.27), Colin Blackburn (8.31), Johnny McMurchie (8.34), Michael Bell (8.50), Melanie Ellis (9.02), Andrew Mavin (9.47), Nicole Parkins (10.11), Laura Walton (10.56), Claire Etherington (11.08), Suzanne Wilson (11.13), Keighley Walton (11.14), Susan Howlett (11.54) and Jenny Hope (12.09).
Other local junior runners included Berwick’s Fraser Gorvett (4th, 7.09), Chirnside Chasers’ Josh Abbot (5th, 7.17), Eyemouth’s Marshall Smith (7.29), Callum Mackenzie (7.30) and Scott Tindle (7.41) both Berwick; plus seniors Steve Clough of Norham Running Club (8.58) and RunDuns’ Ronald and Carol Patterson (9.22 and 11.11).
Tweed Striders would like to thank Simpsons Malt, General Mills, Morrisons, Julian’s Fruit and Veg and Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council for their generous and willing support and also all those who helped (before, during and after) to make this event, in its new format, the success it was.