Welsh weekend Comes Early to Hawick

Two families dominated the Langheugh Races at Wilton Lodge Park on Saturday as Teviotdale Harriers hosted their first race of 2019.

Paul Lockie, Lisa Welsh, Robbie Welsh, Greg Watson and Erin Clarkson were the title winners but on a cold but dry January day that was only half the story.

Mother and son duo, Lisa and Robbie Welsh claimed category victories whilst the Lockie family enjoyed a 1-2-3 finish in the men’s race.

Father Paul ultimately claimed the title, but sons Duncan and Gavin had the honour of crossing the line in first and second with dad in third. Duncan and Gavin however are classed as non-competing members and are ineligible from claiming medals, so Paul was promoted to gold.

One of the most challenging cross-country races in Scotland, the men’s 5.6-mile Langheugh Trophy race is a prestigious title to win and Paul Lockie added his name to its rich history.

A total of 16 men started the race, in very favourable conditions, however only 15 finished after Ron Hastings failed to navigate his way around.

Duncan and brother Gavin were the first two home but the medals were decided within the next group. Long time leader Frank Birch eventually succumbed as Paul Lockie reeled him in with only around 400m of the race to go.

Paul crossed the line a mere 15 seconds in front of second placed Frank with third place finisher Bruce Hughes a further 40 seconds back. Bruce’s (39:08) run was recorded as the fastest actual time.

In the exciting Ladies and U15/17 Boys and Girls race, with 15 competitors registered, there was a Welsh family double. Mum Lisa won the Ladies race and son Robbie the boys.

With the winning margin again only 15 seconds, Lisa had to race right to the line to taste victory. Ann Aitken looked like taking second but the fast finishing Eilidh Jaffray had other ideas. With around two meters to go Eilidh edged in front of a determined Ann to take second. Eildih’s (14:47) impressive run was the fastest actual time.

The boy’s race was another tight affair as another fast finishing back marker, this time Fraser Clyne, ate up the ground as he chased leader Robbie towards the line.

With mum and ladies’ champ Lisa waiting at the finish-line, Robbie was given plenty of encouragement towards his victory. Robbie held on well with Fraser only eight seconds behind and third placed Conan Harper only a few strides further back. Fraser (12:38) recorded the fastest actual time.

The first race held was the U11/13 Boys and Girls race with 13 runners eager to get under way. Greg Watson led them all home in some style to take the boys title and Erin Clarkson showed plenty fight as she refused to relinquish her gold medal position in the girl’s race.

Greg looked strong all the way to the line to win, with Glen Jamieson running extremely well in second. The youngest of the Welsh clan, McLaren, turned his little legs as fast as he could, desperate not to be caught and rightfully earned his bronze. Irvine Welsh (7:50) not to be outdone by the rest of the family recorded the fastest actual boys time.

Long-time girls leader Erin looked as though the long home straight may be her undoing as Iona Jamieson chased her all the way. But huge credit to Erin as she gave her all and claimed the victory by only two seconds from Iona. Ava Hughes completed the podium in third. Iona’s (7:55) run was the fastest actual time.

Degsy’s annual Langheugh dominoes completed an eventful day with Pye Reid eventually taking the title by beaten Ava Hughes in the final.

This weekend see’s three runners from the club selected to represent the East District in the Inter District Cross Country Championships at Stirling. Fraser Clyne, Eilidh Jaffray and Iona Jamieson have once more been selected for the East District. Well done and good luck Fraser, Eilidh and Iona.

Full results here

Menzies Races and Christmas relays

The weekend of the 22nd saw the final two Harriers Races of 2019 – one serious, the other less so!

The first competition was the Menzies, one of the more straightforward race routes in the calendar. Juniors race around the park, whereas the women and U15/U17 race takes in Wilton Lodge Park, then through Parkdaill, finishing at the High School. The men’s race is the same as the latter route, but with an extra leg added on before Martinshouse, taking runners through Branxholm Woodfoot and Branxholm Bridgend over a local feature known as the “Joogly Bridge”. Iona Jamieson and Irvine Welsh gained the W.G. Robertson trophy and the MGM trophy respectively for their fine finishes in the U11-U13 race. Fraser Clyne took the J.N. Hamilton trophy for being the first U15-U17 boy across the finish line, whilst Robbie Welsh took the Shiel Cup in the handicap. Lindsey Knox won the Ladies race in 24:37. Ryan Milligan took the Oliver Trophy as the first person across the finish line in the men’s race with a time of 24:46 and Chris Watson won the men’s handicap. 

If you had been in Wilton Lodge Park the following day, you might have encountered a veritable river of runners in various states of fancy dress – masses of santas, speedy elves and the occasional onesie were all to be glimpsed legging it around the Park.   This was the Harriers annual Christmas relays, where teams of runners race against each other for first place. The winning team of Freya Walker, Taylor Watson, Ava Hughes, Abbie McGaughey, Thomas MacAskill and Chris Watson came first in an excellent field.

Well done to all competitors in both races – everyone contributed to making it an excellent two days, and we are now looking forward to 2019 with great excitement.

Christmas raffle

Dear All

The Committee would be really grateful if everyone could make a donation towards our Christmas Raffle. We are looking for Items for hampers, bottles, chocolates, gifts etc etc.

If you could please hand these items to any committee member or at the kids training on a Wednesday night on or before Friday  21 December to allow Sylvia Grieve enough time to make up the hampers for the draw on Sunday 23 December. 

If anyone is able to sell any of our raffle squares and not received a sheet, again please ask a member of the committee.

This is one of our main fund raisers so all donations and ticket sales will be much appreciated.

Many thanks.
Donna Inglis

High Five At Burns Club Races

Fifty Teviotdale Harriers each gave their very best in the annual Burns Club Races on Sat 17th November on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Hawicks glorious Wilton Lodge Park, writes Paul Lockie.

Five Trophies were up for grabs, across three courses each starting near to the Burns Club. The Burns Club have kindly sponsored this Harriers event for over 50 years.

Iona Jamieson, Robert Wood, Lyle Beattie, Gregor Welsh & Eilidh Jaffray

First race off were the men with veteran Frances Cannon first away for the Will Clark Memorial Trophy. However the race belonged to Gregor Welsh who raced his way through 6 front runners to find himself first across the line after 2.4 miles to take the trophy.
Next to run were the under 13 girls and under 11 boys with 12 young Harriers proudly lined up at the start line for their 1.1 mile course. The race was competitively fought with the first 5 runners crossing the finish line within about 10 seconds of each other, but it was young Lyle Beattie first across, picking up the Iain Watson Memorial Shield and Iona Jamieson first girl lifting the Stan Reid Trophy.

The last race of a great afternoon had the largest field of runners with 20 Harriers taking on the 1.9 mile course. In another closely fought race Robert Wood finished first to pick up the coveted Burns Club Trophy , closely followed across the line by Eilidh Jaffray who took the John Elliot Trophy.

Afterwards runners, families and supporters crossed to the Burns Club and enjoyed superb hospitality and presentations kindly awarded by Burns Club President Alec, with a special appearance of Andrew Oliver to award the Burns Club Trophy. Andrew had lifted the same trophy some 50 years earlier in the same venue.

The fastest runners on the day for the 3 courses were Colin Welsh in 13:08 in the gents race, Fraser Clyne in a very impressive 10:04 on the 1.9 mile course, and Iona Jamieson 6:52 on the 1.1 mile junior route.

Huge Thanks to the Burns Club for their sponsorship, Burn Club President Alec and Andrew Oliver for presenting the trophies , everyone who helped on the day and all the supporters who cheered and encouraged the runners.

The next club race in Teviotdale Harriers calendar is the Menzies Race on Saturday 22nd Dec.

Burns Club Races 2018 – Results

Another National Title For Wonderful Walker

Sammy Walker claimed Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championship Gold at Lanark on Saturday, adding another National title to his ever growing collection.
The V60 10,000m World Champion earned his latest accolade in fine fashion, winning his category by over a minute from second placed Cambuslang Harrier Paul Thompson and Kilbarchan AAC runner Donald Petrie in third. 

Sammy raced around the 4000m two lap course and stopped the clock at 13:49.

The athletics club for Hawick and area since 1889.