Rather than try to emulate Pat's excellent format, RunDuns decided to change things and this year the running kicked off with a separate race for the juniors - the Chase the Clown Children's Fun Run.
The route was the same as in previous years but the opposite way round, with the purpose being "to chase and catch the clown" (aka a very brave but rather worried Johnny Logan).
Some 40+ junior runners lined up at the start line with the race being won by Gregor Watson in an excellent 22.14. However, he must have felt Callum Tharme breathing down his neck as Callum crossed the line a mere fraction behind in 22.16 to take second spot and, claiming third place, was Calum Watson (25.50).
Winner of the Junior Girls' trophy was Sarah Holmes (28.50) with Louise Lettes and Lauren Dewar in second and third respectively (30.00 and 30.25).
A total of 44 adults took part in the seniors' race which, like the juniors one, was the same route as in previous years but run the opposite way.
It was won in an amazing 18.30 by Thomas Contie, visiting from France, with Les Turnbull (Norham Running Club) and Iain Bell coming in second and third respectively (20.20 and 21.11). Iain was also the well-deserving and very popular winner of the trophy for first local athlete.
The ladies' trophy was won by Marjory Tharme (23.25), with Jane Holmes second (23.25) and Catherine Owen third (23.50). Catherine also won the RunDuns cup for first RunDuns lady athlete to cross the finishing line, with George McMullen winning the RunDuns cup for first RunDuns male athlete to finish (21.30).
Winning the Senior Boys' trophy was Craig Rutherford (25.22), with Zara Milton proving that she's just as accomplished on two feet as she is on two wheels by taking the trophy for Senior Girls (30.50).
Other RunDuns athletes taking part were Gareth Owen (22.22), Sian Sharp (27.23), Robert Thomson (27.49), Fiona Ainslie (28.08), Julia Keddie (29.26), Carol Patterson (31.08), Mandy Paterson (with Haggis) and Cathy Holms (both 36.08), Joyce Nelson (38.20), Gill Brownlie and Michelle McKeen (both 39.55).
RunDuns would like to thank the following for their support and help: all marshals and officials (especially Caroline Murray), the goody bag sponsors (Run4It Edinburgh, Fish 'n' Fine Foods, Duns News Plus, BordersFayre, Scotland Shop), Pat Scott (for providing the en route water station plus invaluable advice), Pearsons of Duns (stakes and cable ties for route signage), Pete Brown (trophies and engraving), Lothian and Borders Police (runner safety) and, last but definitely not least, Johnny Logan.
Ten days prior to this Caroline and Will McDermott joined the JogEarlston contingent on their annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh to run in the JogScotland 5k Challenge. Whilst neither were on top form, both put in respectable runs to finish in 27.33 and 24.37 respectively.