FIRST TIME TRIAL

Tonight is the first Time Trial. Please meet at HAWICK MUSEUM 6pm sharp. Please don’t go to the Church as no one will be there. Remember your number if you have one but don’t worry if you do not, one can be collected on the night.

Harriers ladies are one short of a fantastic four

Eleven Harriers headed to Livingston on Sunday to take part in the sun-kissed National 6/4 Stage Road Relay Championships.

This top level event features two races, one for men and one for women, with both races setting off at the same time. Six runners for the men and four for the women would tackle alternate 3.1 and 5.8 mile laps around the streets of West Lothians largest town. Central AC would go on to scoop both golds.

For the first time since the men’s and women’s Relay Championships combined in 1998, Teviotdale were represented in the women’s event. Unfortunately the ladies couldn’t form a full team of four but the three who did run, ran with great determination and merited their small piece in Harriers history.

Once, twice, three times a lady.

Lauren Corbett ran the first 3.1 mile leg for the ladies and worked extremely hard to hand over in 28th position, in a time of 21:58. Michelle Short tackled the long 5.8 mile second leg and can be pleased with her performance registering 41:34 and lifting the team to 27th. Kirsty Hughes ran resolutely with a third leg time of 25:08, leaving the trio with a combined time of 1:28:40 and at that point a respectable 30th position out of 38 teams.

Michelle Short on leg two.

Competing for the third year in a row, the men were able to field eight runners. In the ‘A’ team, the short leg runners were Andy Goodair, Kyle Potts and Derek Scott with Greg Walker, Bruce Hughes and Alastair Walker the long. Andrew Gibson led out the ‘B’ team with Alan Coltman running second.

Andy Goodair ran 18:50 for the first leg and crossed in 45th position. Greg Walker ran a storming 33:19 to lift the team to 35th. Kyle Potts ran 20:32 to leave the team in 40th and Bruce Hughes over the second long leg had a time of 34:47 to bring them up to 36th. Derek Scott also gained places running a 19:13 leg to hand over to last runner Alastair Walker in 32nd. Alastair ran an experienced leg in 35:31 and picked up another position to place the team 31st out 57 overall, with a total time of 2:42:12.

Without being able to field a full ‘B’ team, Andrew Gibson still ran a competitive 21:04 and Alan Coltman played his part with a 45:02 long leg.

Some of the runners from Sunny Sunday.

A Harriers spokesperson said: “With Teviotdale providing three officials for the day and a volunteer race marshal out on the course, the Harriers still continue to leave their mark on these National events.

It was great to see the Women represented today. Although they couldn’t get a full team, the fact that they were in the race is great progress. ”

Alex Corbett’s photos

Thrunton Thriller

Almost as nightmarish as the Michael Jackson music video, writes Scott Watson.

Degsy Scott and Thrunton winner Scott Watson.

On Sunday 19th March, 2 hardy Harriers headed for Thrunton woods in Northumberland for the 2nd annual Thrunton Thriller Trail races, organised by highfelllevents.com, which consisted of a 10k (ish) and a half marathon (ish). Leaving at 6.30am, Derek Scott and Scott Watson made the 90 minute trip to make sure of a space in limited parking.
After getting signed in, it was time to get suited and booted for the 9.30am start. After a wee warm up, a 15 minute delay and a pre race briefing it was time to hit the muddy, slippy, rocky and generally gnarly trails.

Photo Credit : George Wilson & High Fell Events.

The 345 runners headed off up the trail, the field split early on, those doing the 10k up a hill and those doing the half marathon taking a right fork down another trail. Both Scott and Derek got into their running pretty quickly and were both in a small leading group over the 1st mile or so, a few tough hills split this group quite quickly. Scott was in 2nd place at checkpoint 1 just before the bottom of the ‘Hill of Doom’, Derek also moving along nicely in the top 10. The Hill of Doom was just like it said! Steep, muddy and rocky, almost as tough as the eildons! After reaching the top, still in 2nd place, Scott made a great descent, turning a 200m deficit into a 200m lead in less than a mile, Derek was also popping along nicely. Then came the last 3 or so miles which consisted of a long uphill drag through almost knee high heather and almost half a mile of knee deep bog.
Scott was still leading at checkpoint 2 just after the bog section with only about a mile and a half to go. Getting a 2nd wind he pushed on to the short steep downhill followed by a more gradual downhill, managing to increase the lead. With 100 to go there was still another climb up into the woods for a short sharp loop before eventually being able to take the tape and a well earned rest. Scott was 1st in a time of 1.22:20 but the 10k ish measured in at 8.65 miles, almost 14k!
Derek, among others, had a slight issue with a wrong turn due to a missing sign and no marshall at a critical turn, just 800m from the finish. Derek ran 9.5 miles in 1.48:22 but before the mishap was looking good for a top 10 finish.
Scott was delighted with his race but Derek was left a bit miffed with the marshalling issue. Overall it was an enjoyable day, well organised (mostly!!). I would highly recommend it to those who like the trails and a tough challenge. I’ll hopefully be back next year to have a got at defending my title. Derek wasn’t so keen!

Dates for your diary

Teviotdale Harriers – Diary Dates

Wed 22nd March – training, Teviot Parish Church
Thu 23rd March – gym, Think Fitness
Sun 26th – Scottish six/four stage relays – Livingston
Wed 29th March – Time Trial 1, Museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 30th March – gym, Think Fitness
Wed 5th April – no training, school holiday
Thu 6th April – no gym, school holiday
Wed 12th April – no training, school holiday
Thu 13th April- no gym, school holiday
Wed 19th April – Time Trial 2, Museum, Wilton Lodge Park
Thu 20th April – gym, Think Fitness
Wed 26th April, training, Teviot Parish Church
Thu 27th April, gym, Think Fitness

Presentation Night 2017

A huge turnout of runners, families and friends supported the Harriers on a great evening at the Volunteer Club Rooms on Friday night.

The popular annual Presentation Night show’s the steady progress the club continues to make in a positve direction.

Kenny Baillie photos here

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kenneth.baillie@btinternet.com

 

Up for the Cup

Young James Wood Racing Round The Moor

A mother daughter double followed by a hugely popular win in the Senior Men’s race equated to an exciting afternoon at a serene Hawick Moor last Saturday.

The two legged variety of racer competed around the towns racecourse in an event that was first staged in 1894. 112 years later and the format is still the same with a four lap, 3 mile race for the Teviotdale Harriers Cup, arguably the most sought after piece of silverware available to any male member of the club.

With a further six trophies up for grabs, including the first chance for Veteran Ladies to win the Mary Hughes Memorial Salver, 46 runners in total were all champing at the bit to get the action started.

All The Main Race Winners: Callum Renwick, Fraser Clyne, Alan Samuel, Ava Hughes and Kirsty Hughes

The first race of the day featured the Under11/13 Boys and Girls competing around one and a half laps of the course. The boys were racing for the M and M trophy whilst for the girls the John Elliot trophy was the prize. With soft conditions causing footwear problems for many of the runners, there was to be no such issue for winners Callum Renwick and Ava Hughes.

Callum secured Boys gold with a gritty determined run, once he found himself first there was to be no catching him. Harrison Hughes, although finishing with only one shoe, managed to take silver with Robbie Jack racing well for bronze. Joint back marker Conan Harper (7:36) ran the fastest actual time with James Wood competing in a club race for the first time.

In the Girls category a tenacious Ava gave a gutsy display to claim back a trophy she had won two years earlier. Iona Jamieson (8:30) earned both silver and fastest actual time with another impressive run. First timer racer Kelly McKay picked up the bronze, with Tiegan Singleton also a debutant.

Next race on the track and tackling two laps were the Under15/17 Boys Girls and Ladies. In the Boys competition back marker Fraser Clyne was the run away winner. Posting the fastest time on his way to victory, Fraser (8:56) wrestled the Junior Cup away from three time winner Jamie Waugh who had to settle for second. Duncan Little should be pleased with his efforts running well for third.

Winning the Ladies Challenge Trophy and thus securing a family double was the added bonus for a purposeful Kirsty Hughes in the Girls and Ladies race. A mere 20 minutes after daughter Ava claimed gold, Kirsty repeated the feat.

Setting off with intent, Kirsty quickly gained ground on two of the three front markers, before finally catching long time leader Macy Cropper along the back straight of the final lap. Kirsty dug deep to cross the line first, with Macy securing second and Lauren Corbett (11:27) taking third and fastest time. For being first Veteran (excluding race winner) Ann Aitken scooped the Mary Hughes Memorial Salver.

Last but by no means least, the Senior Men lined up to race for the historic Teviotdale Harriers Cup. ‘The inaugural Cup Race was to have been held on 31st March (1894) but this was postponed until 7th April when it was discovered that this would clash with the Gala v Hawick rugby match!’ Describes John L. Coltman in his book First Hundred.

Rolling back the years, ‘Teviotdale Legend’ Alan Samuel emerged victorious. Alan first won a Senior Harriers Men’s race in 1969, with his last in 2004. Alan is also one of only three men who have been Club Champion in five consecutive years (73-77). On Saturday he won his first ever Cup Race and became the seventh different winner in seven handicap races this season.

Running steadily from the gun, Alan was not to be caught and broke the tape 10 seconds ahead of second place Alan Coltman with David bell completing the podium. Alan Coltman’s position secured him the Glencairn Trophy for the men’s first Vet. Back marker Rory Anderson (18:17) completed the four laps in the fastest actual time.

The club would like to offer thanks to Lyle and Scott for their continued support and generous donation of prizes to all race winners, including the much coveted ‘Maroon Jumper’.

This drew another eventful race season to an end with only Fridays Presentation Night left, 7:00pm in the Volunteer Club Rooms.

Alex Corbett’s photos here

Results MOOR CUP 2017