Duns athlete Callum wins junior title

Callum Tharme.
Callum Tharme.

It may have been Valentine’s Day, with love in the air, but there was also, unfortunately, a cold wind, sleet and a fair bit of snow in the Galashiels air to greet runners for the Borders XC final leg and presentation last Sunday.

However, neither the snow nor the icy conditions deterred the Juniors one little bit, least of all Callum Tharme from Duns who stormed round the course in 10.31 to win the boys’ race for host club, Gala Harriers.

Callum was, however, chased right to the line by club-mate Faisal Khursheed who finished a mere hair’s breadth behind in 10.32 so making it a well-deserved one-two for the host club and coaches, Graham Capper and Neil Renton. Moreover, not only did Callum win the race, he also won the series trophy for First Junior Boy.

In the girls’ race it was Mairi Wallace of Moorfoot Runners who took first place in 11.54.

In the Senior Men’s Race it was the in-form Donald Macaulay of Corstorphine AAC who, once again, showed the field a clean pair of heels to win in 23.12 and in the Senior Ladies’ Race the winner was Kirstian MacRuary.

First home for Tweed Striders was Nathan Cox in 28.04. Nathan showed huge courage and determination to complete the race whilst running on a hitherto undiagnosed stress fracture in his foot and his run secured him a very well-deserved second place overall and series trophy in the Junior Male category.