The annual Curfew Run brought with it two firsts, over and above the four trophy winners: for the first time in its history it was run under an official race permit and it was the first time Tweed Striders had hosted the event.
Once the results from both races were combined, the clear overall winner and first junior boy was Nathan Cox. He took ten seconds off his 2013 time to finish in 6.12 – just missing the course record by two seconds.
However Ciaran Turton ran him a close race to take second spot in 6.50 and the trophy for first senior male.
First home for the ladies was Sue Weatherburn who crossed the line in 9.02 and the first junior girl to finish was Liberty Holloway (8.29).
The RunBritain race permit for this 1.2 mile community fun run meant that race organisation and delivery had to meet the most stringent of conditions; it also meant there was a race limit of 150 runners, something that Tweed Striders ensured was clearly stated on all PR material.
In the event, due to the race being vastly overscribed (almost 100% up on the 2013 entry to some 200+) and so as not to disappoint those who had not made the “cut”, Tweed Striders sought permission from the RunBritain race adjudicator to host a second race; permission was given so two races were held – the first at 8 pm and the second at 8.30 pm.
Thirty Tweed Striders took part with Martin McCleary being first home for the club in 8.15. Nipping at his heels and second junior girl to finish was Georgia Davidson (8.48).
They were followed by Niamh Simmons (9.14, third junior girl overall), Lochlan Huntly (9.24), Owen Anderson (9.19), Megan Anderson (9.41), Melanie Ellis (9.42), Nathan Howlett (9.43), Mark Swanston (9.50), Brian Robson (10.15), Daniel Sweryda (10.29), Tyler Winson (10.56), Claire Anderson (11.00), Steven Purvis (11.01), Laura Walton (11.02), Rory McCreath (11.24), Deborah Bowden (11.38), Lisa Nisbet (11.48), Keighley Walton (12.06), Kirsty Winson (12.08), Liz Howlett (12.52), Liz Adam (12.55), Katie Thompson (13.21), Emily Adam (13.40), Alison Aitchison (13.51), Ethan Huntly (14.46), Helen Huntly (14.49), Gill Brownlie with grandsons Archie Nairn (17.21) and Brodie Nairn (17.22).
Running for RunDuns were Johnny McMurchie (9.20), Carol Patterson (11.00) and Laura Thomson (11.11) – a super run from all three and another proud coach!
Tweed Striders would like to thank Simpsons Malt, Abbey Well Water, General Mills Berwick, Julian’s Fruit and Vegetables and the Swan Centre for Leisure for their very generous sponsorship. They would also like to thank all the volunteer officials without whom it would not have been possible to stage this event.
Race tee-shirts and medals are being organised for all those who ran in the second race and will be available in due course.
The previous Sunday James Blair and Will McDermott pulled on their tri-suits to compete in the Hawick leg of the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust’s triathlon series. This was James’ first venture into triathlon so he raced in the Come-and-Tri event and finished a brilliant second in 47.16. Will was competing in the slightly longer Sprint distance; he did his best ever swim and completed the three legs in 1.32.57.