Penchrise Pen Hill Race

Last Sunday saw Teviotdale Harriers host their annual Penchrise Pen Hill Race and with the race also doubling up as the final counter in the inaugural Borders Hill Running series a record field of thirty eight runners lined up to contest this year’s renewal at Stobs camp. Despite a headwind on the outwards journey conditions proved pretty good for racing and some fast times posted with pride of place going to Lucas Cheskin of Moorfoot who blasted away from the pack and led the field home in a new course record of 34:19, 35 seconds inside the previous mark of Haddington’s Brian Marshall who finished third with another previous record holder Andrew Cox of Moorfoot sandwiched in between. Lucas also became the first recipient of a new trophy for the race kindly donated by regular participant Will Donald of Bonchester. First lady home in a time of 40:11 was Susan Ridley of Edinburgh AC with Pauline McAdam of Teviotdale second and Sarah Mcadam third.

After the Penchrise presentation was concluded, the Borders Hill Series prizes were handed out by series organiser Colin Williams with Andrew Cox emerging first overall in the series and Jill Stephen of HBT first lady. Teviotdale were well represented among those receiving momentoes for completing a minimum five of the ten races and among the age group prizes Pauline McAdam was successful in the F60 class.

Many thanks to all who came along to run and those who helped out on the day and also all who kindly donated prizes including Lyle and Scott and Shorts of Hawick.

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Christie Cup

The Teviotdale Harriers 2016/2017 season got underway on sunny Saturday 10th September with the staging of the Christie Cup. Due to ongoing works in Wilton Lodge Park the route had to be changed from it’s usual starting point at the site of the old cafe to the bandstand. Runners ran up the slope and off to the left, then followed the park paths past the pitches, round by the dunk and back to the bandstand. Juniors were first to compete on their one lap course. A total of 20 boys and girls lined up in the U11/U13 category including newcomers Robbie Welsh, Shaun Chapman, Robbie Jack, Brooke Hogg, Zak Marsh, Craig Watson, siblings Isla and Glen Jamieson. All the youngsters took off at a blistering place but when they came back into view it was Brooke Hogg who rounded the bend to cross the line first in a time of 6.18, 2nd girl and 2nd over the line was Ava Hughes in 6.21 with Maddi Hewitt 3rd in 6.46. Fastest actual time Maddi Hewitt. Victory for the boys went to Conan Harper in 6.23, with newly appointed junior boys captain Thomas MacAskill hot on his heels to take 2nd place in 6.26, 3rd was the ever smiling Irvine Welsh in 6.39. Fastest actual time Thomas MacAskill.

Next to run were 12 competitors in the U15/17 boys, girls and senior ladies race over their two lap course. This was Euan Welsh’s first outing as a Harrier and a move up to a different category for Jai Patterson. On completion of the first lap Ishbel Inglis was in the lead overall and managed to maintain that lead in the ladies race to take first place in a time of 12.55, 2nd was this year’s junior girls’ captain Carly Blaikie in 13.09 and Lauren Corbett 3rd in 13.16. Fastest actual time Lauren Corbett. Fraser Clyne was first overall as well as 1st youth in a time of 12.48, with only seconds between them Jamie Waugh took 2nd place in 12.52, Jai Patterson was 3rd in 14.27. Fastest actual time Jamie Waugh.

Final race of the day was the three lap course for the 14 senior men competing. There was plenty of support from the youngsters who had raced and were now cooling down with ice creams in tandem with plenty effort from the men as they completed lap after lap. That effort paid off for Greg Walker, who claimed victory in 22.01, 2nd spot went to Brian Gibb – back into racing – in 22.05 and 3rd placed was Rory Anderson in 22.11. Fastest actual time Rory Anderson.

All times include handicaps.

Please see Alex Corbett’s photographs HERE

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Trophies travelled North up the A7 last Sunday, as Teviotdale Harriers left their mark at the Muckle Toon Joggers Doctors Run.

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Iona Jamieson, Thomas MacAskill, Bruce Hughes and Conan Harper with their trophies

The popular event, extremely well-organised by the lovely Langholm ladies, paid witness to four happy Harriers who triumphed for Teviotdale.  Bruce Hughes, Thomas MacAskill, Conan Harper and Iona Jamieson all picked up wins in various categories.

Based at the Langholm Cricket pitch, upon arrival competitors were greeted with everything in place and a smile on every face.  The race has been run almost every year since 1983 and the overall winner’s trophy boasts a few names that all Harriers will recognise.

On Sunday it was recently appointed Club Captain Bruce Hughes who claimed victory and will now be able to etch his name alongside three times winner and Harriers legend Davie Cavers.

Six Harriers and one affiliated Teri Jogger stood on the start line ready to tackle the testing but satisfying 8 mile(ish) course. The picturesque route, following the path of the River Esk, offered road, trail, hills and the exciting ‘sprint finish’ around the cricket pitch for its grand finale.

After a final few words of motivation, the 10 second countdown commenced and runners were then let loose to the shrill of bagpipes and set off through the streets of Langholm before heading out into the countryside.

The undulations of the first 5.5 miles were followed by a testing 1.5 miles of trail and forest roads before the final stint of tarmac that lead to the cricket pitch.  Around the route were two strategically placed water stations where beaming smiles only broke to yell encouragement as you passed.  Marshals covered every eventuality and signs made it near impossible to stray from the designated route.

A total of 62 runners accepted the challenge and Bruce ran well to lead them home in 51:57.  Harriers teammate Derek Scott finished third overall but claimed second Male (54:43) with Lewis Bell Gala Harriers third (57:23).  Rory Longmore of Annan and District Athletic Club finished second overall but took home the men’s over 50 title (53:07).

The men’s over 40 category also headed to Hawick with Paul Foster taking the title.  Finishing fourth overall Paul clocked 55:29.  Joe Boardman, Annan and District Athletic Club was second (56:57) and Teviotdale’s Andy Goodair secured third (57:35) and finished seventh overall.

The Harriers success continued as Alan Samuel placed second in the men’s over 60 category (67:39).  Finishing behind Langholm’s Walter Borthwick (62:23).  In the women’s over 40 category, Harriers Ladies Captain Kirsty Hughes finished third and 44th overall in 72:47.  Frank Birch was the sixth team member competing and also ran well to place 48th (76:07).

Teri Jogger Wendy Cross scooped the first prize in the women’s over 50 category (76:49) and can rightly be proud of her run.

Next it was the turn of the 32 Juniors to run one mile around the Castleholm area.  Teviotdale were well represented again and everyone ran superbly earning three more victories.

It proved to be a great day for the new Captains as Junior title holder Thomas MacAskill secured a double by striding home to win the Youths race in (7:33).  Thomas was made to work right to the line as teammate Conan Harper pushed him all the way to finish second overall (7:36).  Conan’s effort also secured him a winner’s trophy with the Juniors title.

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The ten Harriers who ran at Langholm

The numerous presentations were shortly made and runners swapped opinions/tales on the route and their runs whilst enjoying a plethora of tasty tray bakes and refreshments.

The say an apple a day keeps the Doctor away, in my opinion it’s the Muckle Toon Joggers Doctors Run that does the trick.

Alex Corbetts photos here

Memberships For The 2016/2017 Season

Memberships for the forthcoming season can now be paid.

Seniors (17 and over) can pay online here or directly to our treasurer Rory Anderson.

Family, Junior and all other membership payments should be made directly to Rory Anderson with a fully completed membership form (where applicable).

Membership Form HERE

Family Membership Form HERE

Ages at 1st September 2016

Can all sums and completed membership forms please be paid to Rory Anderson or Entry Central on or before the Jubilee Trophy race on Saturday 5th November 2016.

The Opening Run 2016/2017

If you’ve been around since 1889, you will surely have formed one or two traditions or maybe customs that over the years have engrained themselves in your psyche.

A default status that simply gets done.  Why?  Because it’s needed!  It symbolises a point in the year, an event or date that makes everyone aware that this is it, this is where it starts.

Saturday 3rd of September saw Scotland’s third oldest running club carry out a such a tradition.  Witnessed and accompanied by members covering nine decades, Teviotdale Harriers set off on their ‘Opening Run.’  The point that officially marks the beginning of Cross Country Season.IMG_0549 (400x198)

The formal side of the event is to unveil the chosen club captains for the season, gather and grin for the official photo and then the fun part, as everyone heads out on mass for the first run of the season.

Elected Senior Mens Club Captain for the season was Bruce Hughes and his wife Kirsty was elected Senior Ladies Club Captain.  The Junior Boys Club Captain was annouIMG_0548 (300x249)nced as Thomas MacAskill with Carly Blaikie the Junior Girls Club Captain.

All four have shown a dedication to the club and a commitment to training and  racing that made them ideal candidates.  It’s most definitely a title that is earned in the years and months prior to being awarded.  I’m sure all four will carry out their roles with purpose and enthusiasm.

With the photo complete the group set off, led by the four Captains. Heading past ‘The Cauld,’ and momentarily breaking stride to smile and wave as Gibby filmed the event, to pause at the Park Gates.

At this point the group split and the Juniors and Seniors (including three determined Juniors, well done girls) set off on separate routes.  Lauren Corbett and Sylvia Grieve had fun with the Juniors, whilst the Seniors ventured in to the countryside.

Taking in many regular running sites, the Senior group ran past Wiltonburn, up the ‘Pipe Line,’ down to Borthaugh, crossed to run up past Martinshouse and made their way along ‘The Fishermans Walk.’

With all runners finishing back at the clubrooms, a few stories were shared and the anticipation grew for the coming season.  Hopefully it will be a season filled with success, hopefully the number of juniors at training will keep climbing upwards, hopefully everyone enjoys themselves.

Don’t be to concerned though if all targets aren’t met.  There aren’t any guarantees. Oh wait…there is one thing that you can guarantee.  The Harriers will be back in a years time to do it all again.

 

 

 

 

 

Teviotdale Harriers 10k, Jog Scotland 5k Challenge and Fun Run 2016

Run Away Success For Harriers Event

Following months of planning, Sunday 28th August saw Teviotdale Harriers stage their 10k, Jog Scotland 5k Challenge and 2 mile Fun Run…with great success.

Over 200 runners from far and wide made their way around the scenic courses, cheered on by hundreds more.  Pre-race entries had hinted at a really good turn out and with on the day registration available, many more arrived to swell the numbers.

With the weather ideal for distance running, from start to finish, in terms of the event and the runs, things couldn’t have gone better.

Following registration at the Cricket Club, the hordes of runners made their way, with a mixture of nervous excitement and some trepidation to the start of their chosen challenge.

All three races began on Victoria Road and led runners through the Park Gates and into the ‘Jewel in Hawick’s Crown,’ Wilton Lodge Park.

First event under way was the suitable for everyone, 2 mile Fun Run.  78 runners of differing abilities but all striving for the same goal, happily made their way along what must surely be one of the most picturesque running routes you could find.

With the beautiful Fun Run route leading you past the Museum around the park and back down the riverside, runners could easily forget the effort they were exerting and be captivated by the allure and charm of our perfect park.

There was for some, however, a race to be won and the 2 mile Fun Run title was duly claimed by Gregor Collins (13:02) of Gala Harriers.  Not far behind, two of Teviotdales top prospects, Conan Harper (13:43, 2nd) and Irvine Welsh (14:30, 3rd) completed the top three.  Fourth overall, Iona Jamieson (14:41) ran superbly and placed first for the girls.  Second was Nadine Elder (15:57) with Maisie Ballantyne (16:23) completing a 1-2-3 for the Harriers.

Once the fun runners had completed their course it was then the turn of the 10k and 5k runners to sample the sights of what Hawick had to offer.  Again heading up through the Park Gates and past the eye catching Museum, the longer events turned up what the Harriers have dubbed ‘The 10k Hill,’ which leads on to Wilton Park Road.

The route passes the Walled Gardens and follows the road out towards Martin’s Bridge.  Heading left over the bridge and then following the path around Parkdaill, all the way back into Hawick past the High School, turning left into St Georges Lane and over the bridge.  For the 5k participants, your race was run but for the 10k competitors a second lap was required.

The 60 Jog Scotland 5k entrants were also led home by a Gala Harrier.  Marcus D’Agrosa claimed victory in a time of 17:01.  Callum Tharme (17:30) also Gala, secured second with Teviotdales Fraser Clyne (18:14) although finishing fourth, securing third place.  The third place runner Ethan Elder, Moorfoot Runners (18:00) scooped first in the Boys under-16 category.

The ladies 5k title went to Lisa MacDonald (19:48) of North Middleton.  Gillian Duncan (21:16) Gala Harriers finished second and local Hawick runner Rachel Harris (21:27) ran well to finish third.  The Girls under-16 winner was Sarah Davenport of Tweed Leader Jed Track in 22:44.

65 competitors set off on the fast flat two lap 10k course.  The impressive winner, for the second year in a row, was Edinburgh AC athlete Callum Reid.  Callum retained his title and bested his previous time to take the title in 34:03.  Teviotdales very own, ever improving Greg Walker (35:27) finished second.  Richard Meade (36:07) also Edinburgh AC completed the podium.

With multiple Hawick 10k victories under her belt already, Dianne Lauder led the way once more to secure the female title.  Finishing fourth overall, Gala Harriers Dianne raced round in 36:15.  Hawick’s Anna Galbraith (37:13) finished second and Lauren Wilson (38:09) Edinburgh AC came home third.

Darin Dougal of Moorfoot Runners claimed the over 40’s men title.  Finishing 9th overall, Darin posted a 10k time of 37:28.  The ladies vet’s victory went to Eileen Maxwell, ensuring the fourth top spot claimed by a Gala Harrier on the day.  Our neighbours had travelled over in great numbers to support our event and Eileen done her club proud to finish in 48:00.  The days team prize unsurprisingly went north to Edinburgh AC with 4 runners in the top 5 men’s positions (Callum Reid, Richard Meade, Keith Dunlop and Nairn McWilliams).

Runners, fatigued but ultimately fulfilled, headed back to the Cricket Club for tasty tray bakes and refreshments, followed by the prize giving and awarding of numerous spot prizes.  The successful event drew to a close, the hard work of the previous weeks and months had culminated in a day that surely satisfied all that came along.

Teviotdale Harriers would like to pay a huge thanks to the many, many kind hearted individuals who gave up their time, baking skills and warm personality to help make the day a success.  The hard working committee, organisers, marshalls, officials, time-keepers, starter, volunteers, photographers and lovely ladies in the kitchen.  Anyone who played their part (big or small) in helping towards this fantastic event.

Also a big thank you to Jog Scotland and Think Fitness for their continued support of the event, Eden and Sandi for her generous prizes.  All who ran and all who turned out to support, help contributed to what surely was a day Teviotdale Harriers and Hawick can rightly be proud of.

Anyone got any plans for Sunday August 27th 2017?  Let’s do it all again.

All results here

Fun Run photos here

10k and 5k photos here