New Year’s Day Run

A total of 30 runners whos ages ranged from 5 to 83 years old as well as a few well wishers met on New Year’s Day to take part in the annual social run, although the weather was cold and underfoot conditions were tricky, spirits were high and everyone had a great time. At 10.30 am the ladies and mens captains (kirsty and Bruce Hughes) led the charge from the clubrooms over the James Thomson Bridge, through Wilton Lodge Park (where they were joined by Brian Gibb), up Wilton Burn and over the fields to Martin’s Bridge, they then regrouped on the Fisherman’s Walk to observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of Past Harriers sadly no longer with us. Next, a very muddy route back to Buccleuch Lane then through the park to finish at the clubrooms.

Report by Alex Corbett.

Menzies Races

Teviotdale Harriers held their annual Menzies Race on Saturday past. A total of 43 runners lined up on this bright but chilly afternoon. First away were the youngsters and it was a Jamieson double act as siblings Iona and Glen both took 1st place in their respective races. Iona in 8.07, 2nd Ava Hughes in 8.50. Fastest actual time Iona Jamieson. Glen took his 1st place in 8.09, 2nd Harrison Hughes 8.11, 3rd Craig Watson also 8.11. Fastest actual time Conan Harper. All junior times include handicaps.

The men, women and u15/17 boys and girls then lined up together outside the park gates for their sealed handicapped competition, following a route through the park, round Martin’s Bridge and down the A7. In the U15 boys race the winner was Fraser Clyne in 17.54, 2nd Jai Patterson 21.53, 3rd Euan Welsh in 25.08. Handicap winners 1st Jai Patterson, 2nd Euan Welsh. In the U15/17 girls & ladies race victory went to Michelle Short in 20.35, 2nd Lauren Corbett 21.06, 3rd Lucy Ash 22.13. Handicap winners 1st Kirsty Hughes, 2nd Lauren Corbett, 3rd Pam Paxton.

Joining the men on their route through the park, Martin’s Bridge, Joogly Bridge, Branxholme Bridge then down the A7 to the High School was Stewart Barker on a visit back home. Stewart later tweeted his thanks and enjoyment at being associated with the club for the day. Brian Harper, dad of Conan and Andrew McEwan were also running for the first time for the club. Results were as follows, 1st Rory Anderson 25.33, 2nd Scott Watson 27.02, 3rd Andy Goodair 27.38. Handicap winners 1st Andy Goodair, 2nd Alan Coltman, 3rd Brian Gibb.

Please see Alex’s photos HERE

On Your Marks…Get Set…Ho! Ho! Ho!

It was festive family fun with a jingle all the way for Teviotdale Harriers on Sunday as the club staged it’s traditional Christmas Relays.img_0674-1000x707

52 merry runners supported by joyful family and friends gathered for this Christmas cracker. Six teams of nine (because of numbers Lewis Renwick and Euan Welsh both showed great spirit and ran two legs for their respective teams) battled it out over the two route course. A shorter loop for the first five runners and a slightly further circuit for the final four. With an array of fabulous prizes such as Christmas cake, Yule logs, mince pies and shortbread at stake, this fun event still carried a competitive edge.

What a sight befell locals peacefully enjoying a Sunday stroll as runners weaved their way around the paths of the park. Couples holding hands, parents with prams and dog walkers alike were greeted with plenty Christmas jumpers, five grinning elves, four Yellow Coats, three Santa Suits, two Minion’s and a penguin running round twice.

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The winning team – Alan, Fraser, Conan, Ava, Hollie, Lewis, Sam and Ann.

The lead changed hands on quite a few occasions but once team six hit the front during the seventh leg, there was to be no catching them. Lewis Renwick, Holly Grieve, Ava Hughes, Lewis again, Sam Allott, Ann Aitken, Conan Harper, Fraser Clyne and Alan Inglis streaked home to claim the win.

Second (team 3) – Taylor Watson, Abbie McGaughey, Callum Renwick, Robbie Welsh, Carole Allott, Pam Paxton, Rachel Harris, Brian Gibb and Bruce Hughes.

Third (team 5) – Euan Welsh, Boyd Hughes, Caroline Jack, Euan again, Donna Inglis, Lucy Ash, Thomas MacAskill, Richard Allott and Derek Scott.

Fourth (team 4) – Alfie Walker, Sinead McHugh, Maisie Ballantyne, Harrison Hughes, Lyndsay Knox, Ishbel Inglis, Sandi Spence, Brian Harper and Scott Watson.

Fifth (team 2) – Greg Watson, Craig Watson, Francis Cannon, Robert Wood, Irvine Welsh, Carly Blaikie, Alan Coltman, Michelle Short and Greg Walker.

Sixth (team 1) – Jamie Jack, Charlie Crozier, Frank Birch, Sophie Allott, Macy Cropper, Kirsty Hughes, Chris Watson, Lauren Corbett and Rory Anderson.

After the race everyone made their way to the Buccleuch Bowling Club for the presentation where every runner received a prize. This was followed by the 38 prize raffle which proved to be a huge success.

A massive thank you must go to all who donated to the raffle and Sylvia Grieve for arranging the hampers and prizes. Thanks also to Pam Paxton for her work organising the squares, Grant Moyes for access to the Buccleuch Bowling Club, Alex And Anne Corbett for registration, team selection and photos. Finally to all runners and supporters who joined in and contributed to this hugely successful day.

Merry Christmas everyone from all at Teviotdale Harriers. Keep up the training and we’ll see you in the New Year.

Alex and Anne Corbett’s pics here

East District Cross Country Championships, Aberdeen

Five hardy harriers took the long drive north to Aberdeen on Saturday 3rd December for the East District Cross Country Championships. Held at Aberdeen University’s Balgownie Playing Fields, first impressions suggested a flat course but concealed within the surrounding woodlands were a couple of long steep climbs. Early on, two deer disturbed by all the activity made an unexpected appearance across the far side of the course which was a bit of a surprise for spectators. Continue reading