Gibb Scratches 26 Year Itch

The Christie Cup kicked off Teviotdale Harriers club races for the new season on Saturday and a fantastic 58 runners answered the call.

In fields full of family, friends and first time runners, Brian Gibb, Maisie Ballantyne, Duncan Little, Conan Harper and Iona Jamieson emerged victorious.

Two of the youngest runners, Alfie Walker and Gracie Dalgleish

After the impressive amount of runners declared at the new Wilton Lodge Park café, the racing was fast and furious over the shortest distances the club compete in.

The straight forward routes around the paths of the park were ideal for runners and spectators alike. Everyone bar the senior men (start near Langland’s Bridge) started by the new café and raced around the playpark, past the Steve Hislop and Jimmy Guthrie statues, up to the bandstand and back down the riverside path to finish at the café.

The 16 senior men, including nine former winners, competed around three and a bit laps, totalling 3000m for the Christie Cup. Brian Gibb last won this race in 1991 and on Saturday he rolled back the years to take the win in fine style.

Daughter and Mother, Sophie and Carol Allott (2 out of the 4 Allott’s who raced)

Half way round the third lap, Brian edged in front of long-time leader Frank Birch and was not to be caught. Bruce Hughes and back marker Greg Walker gave their all as they worked through the field but Brian had enough to get home. Bruce ran strongly for second with Greg getting up for third and recording the fastest actual time.

The two lap under 15 girls and senior ladies race was slightly more straightforward. Maisie Ballantyne assumed the race lead mid-way through the first lap and simply took off. Maisie continued to streak away and crossed the line first to secure the Scott Shield.

Lucy Ash worked extremely hard to finish second and Macy Cropper dug-in to finish third as the fast finishing Lauren Corbett tried to get amongst the medals. Lauren’s efforts did leave her with the fastest actual time.

Running over the same route, the under 17 boys also produced an emphatic winner. Duncan Little won his first ever Harriers race, showing he is a more than capable runner, Duncan sped around the park to take the Refuge Assurance Trophy. Euan Welsh displayed great desire to work right up to the line and protect second as Fraser Clyne flew down the long home straight after him. Back marker Fraser took bronze and the fastest actual time.

The largest field of the day involved 25 eager under 13 boys and girls racing around one lap. Both back markers, Conan Harper (boys) and Iona Jamieson (girls) blitzed past their fellow competitors to take their wins in fantastic fashion.

Calum Renwick working hard for his second place

Both Conan and Iona continue to improve at an impressive rate and victory was accomplished in some style and unsurprisingly both recorded fastest actual times. Conan’s efforts helped him retain the Hawick News Trophy and for Iona, she scooped the John Hogg Trophy.

In the boys race the battle for the minor places was certainly on. Calum Renwick showed great form to take second, with Robert Wood resolutely hanging on for third as Robbie Welsh pushed him all the way.

For the girls, Carla Bonini ran a well-paced race and her reward was a superb second. Ellie Benstead moved into third heading towards the finish and despite some determined running from Lucy Allott, Ellie crossed the line to complete the podium.

Next event for the Harriers is on Sunday as the club host the Penchrise Pen Hill Race, check out for more details.

Alex Corbett’s photos here

Full CHRISTIE CUP 2017 results.


Christie Cup Senior Men – Brian Gibb 1st, Bruce Hughes 2nd, Greg Walker 3rd.

The Scott Shield U15 Girls & Senior Ladies – Maisie Ballantyne 1st, Lucy Ash 2nd, Macy Cropper 3rd.

Refuge Assurance Trophy U17 Boys – Duncan Little 1st, Euan Welsh 2nd, Fraser Clyne 3rd.

Hawick News Trophy U13 Boys – Conan Harper 1st, Calum Renwick 2nd, Robert Wood 3rd.

John Hogg Trophy U13 Girls – Iona Jamieson 1st, Carla Bonini 2nd, Ellie Benstead 3rd.


Lightning Walker Strikes Again

Last Sunday, Alastair ‘Sammy’ Walker was once more on the hunt for National records, this time at The City of Stirling 10k Road Race.

There was to be no stopping super Sammy as he propelled himself to the top of the UK 2017 Veteran Over 60’s 10k charts, with an astonishing time of 35:49.

Just two weeks after recording the fastest UK V60 5k time for 2017, Walker claimed the long distance double and impressively sits top of two tree’s.

Sammy bested the time of Tiptree Road Runners, Paul Mingay by a mere 3 seconds and to rub salt into the wounds, it was also Mingay’s 5k time that Sammy surpassed.


Harriers Captains Fantastic

Saturday 9th September proved to be one of the most memorable and encouraging days in recent Teviotdale Harriers history, with over 70 runners gathering to participate in the traditional ‘opening run.’

The biggest turnout for many a year, with runners aged from four to 84, really showed the healthy state our local running club currently finds itself enjoying.

As well as signalling the start of the new season by announcing the recently elected Captains, the club also paid special tribute to the many Captains who have served the Harriers with such distinction over the last 128 years in a social event at Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club.

Mens – Greg Walker, Junior Girls – Lucy Ash, Junior Boys – Conan Harper, Ladies – Pauline McAdam.

The tradition of Club Captain and opening run goes back to the very beginning of Scotland’s third oldest running club. One of the founding members, John R Purdom was elected the first ever Teviotdale Harriers Captain and led the members on the first opening run. Through the years a Ladies Captain and laterally Junior Captains have evolved into a much coveted role.

Gathering at the club rooms last Saturday, the myriad of Harriers vests buzzed around like a swarm of bees, awaiting the introduction of the Captains for the 2017-18 season. Club President Alan Coltman called them forward and Greg Walker, Pauline McAdam, Conan Harper and Lucy Ash proudly sat front and center for the customary photo.

Men’s and Ladies Captains, Greg and Pauline, flanked by Junior Boys and Girls Captains, Conan and Lucy then led runners into the scenic Hawick countryside as ritual dictates. The route chosen (Captains choice), ventured up Wilton Dean, through Scawmill and up Wiltonburn Hill to touch the ‘White Stane.’ Borthaugh and Martins Bridge then followed before heading through the park to finish back at the clubrooms. For the younger runners there was Fun and Games in the park under the watchful eyes of four genuine Harriers.

Following the hugely enjoyable opening run, the bar was then raised again as around 100 family and friends congregated at the Cricket Club for a special evening to mark the role of Harriers Club Captain.

Many of the former Captains.

Recently the Teviotdale Harriers Committee agreed it would be a good idea to recognise the important and noted position of Club Captain with a memento. Upon further discussion it was decided that retrospectively all past Captains should receive a keepsake for their time and efforts at the club. 1956 Captain Jake Douglas was the first of over 40 past and present Captains to step forward to receive their symbolic badge in person.

The striking Captains Badge.

Giving his thoughts on being chosen, Greg couldn’t hide his pride: “I’m delighted to be captain and lead the club for the next season. It’s great to add my name to the long list of great runners and club stalwarts who have previously held the post.”

Explaining what he felt the job entails, Greg added: “I think the role requires me to be an ambassador for the club, both in Hawick and at national events where I look forward to leading from the front.”

Alex Corbetts pictures here

Membership for 2017-18 Season

MEMBERSHIP for 2017-18 season is now open. This year each member will be allocated a race number for all Harriers races. This number must be kept for the duration of the season. Until a membership fee is paid each athlete will be provided with a temporary paper number.

If you would rather pay in person, please see Rory Anderson at any Harriers Event.

You can see Rory Anderson for a form or you can print out your own by clicking on the correct link below:

Payment is possible by cash or cheque.

Adult Membership Form here

Junior Membership Form (along with Junior Members Charter) here

Junior Members Charter (along with Junior Membership Form) here

Family Membership Form here

Senior members can also join online via Entry Central here

Annual subscriptions:

For anyone that hasn’t paid their annual subscriptions please note that they are due before the Jubilee Races on Saturday 4th November. If you haven’t paid by then you cannot run in the race. Payment will be gratefully received by the Treasurer – Rory Anderson or adults can pay online via EntryCentral

Seniors 17 & Over £27
Juniors U17 £10
Juniors U15 £5
Juniors U13 £3
Family £60
Associate £3
Non Competing £5

Penchrise Hill Race

Great event coming up as Teviotdale Harriers host the Penchrise Hill Race.  With both a senior and junior races, this event is becoming a firm favourite in the Harriers calender.

16 years and over tackle the 8k route with 12 year old and over (on the 24th Sept) running a 5k route.

More details here

Teviotdale Harriers Opening Run & Social Event for the 2017-2018 Season

Saturday 9th September 1pm, is the date and time for this seasons ‘Opening Run.’ This is the day that officially signals the start of the new season. Please meet at the Harriers Clubrooms (by the windy path at the medical centre car park.)

All members past, present and new are invited to join our newly elected Captains on a relaxed run, with different routes available to suit all ages and abilities.

This special day will then move on to Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club at 4pm for a Social Event where family and friends are all welcome to enjoy the buffet with the bar open.

Even if you can not make the run, feel free to join us at the Cricket Club to catch up and celebrate Captains past and present.