Christie Cup Report

Hawick’s picturesque park played host to the Harriers last Saturday as 63 runners reported for Christie Cup Race day.

The shortest of all the club races got the new season off to a flyer as participation numbers continue to flourish.

With five titles up for grabs, Derek McHugh, Abbie McGaughey, Calum Renwick, James Wood and Ava Hughes all earned the plaudits and etched their names in Harriers history.

pics Brain Gibb & Alan Clyne

With only 1 minute 13 seconds separating the entire 15-man field, the handicappers gave the large crowd of supporters an exciting contest as the senior men raced around the 3000m Christie Cup route.

And it was a case of 16th time lucky for winner Derek McHugh as he finally and deservedly raced home in 12 minutes 12 seconds to win his first ever Harriers race.

Brian Harper (11:58) finished second and certainly gave his all. Making steady progress around the course, Brian picked off the front markers one-by-one but couldn’t quite make up the 25 second handicap between himself and Derek.

For third place finisher Derek Clyne it was a similar story. Derek (11:50) followed hard on the heels of Brian as they weaved their way through the field. Although halving the gap, Derek ultimately had to settle for third. Back marker Greg Walker produced the fastest actual time of the day, stopping the clock at 9 minutes 55 seconds.

The senior ladies and under 15/17 girls took to their marks, racing alongside the under 15/17 boys with a total of 24 runners on the start line for two lap’s of running.

The largest ladies and girls field seen for many a year saw Abbie McGaughey cross the line first, also winning her first ever club race and with it claiming the D. Scott Shield.

Abbie (7:56) ran a gutsy race as friend turned foe Sinead McHugh (8:03) tried to cut her lead. Sinead couldn’t quite make the difference and settled for silver whilst Kelly McKay made her own attempts to rise up the rankings. Kelly (7:37) took third with Eilidh Jaffray (6:10) running the fastest actual time.

The under 15/17 boys raced for the Refuge Assurance Trophy and boy’s captain Calum Renwick (6:35), who is already enjoying a season to remember, romped home in fine style. For much of the race it was a Renwick one-two as Calum’s twin brother Lewis provided the stiffest challenge.

Lewis (7:00) finally succumbed as the race sped past the bandstand before heading down the long home straight to the finish at the New Café. At this point Lewis had emptied the tank and the fast finishing Conan Harper (6:00) had the speed to burst past and claim second, leaving Lewis in third. Racing from the back of the field, Fraser Clyne (5:23) had the fastest actual time.

The fast and furious sight of 24 kids competing in the under 11/13 age groups over the one lap 897m route was the first race of the day.

With both boy’s and girl’s titles up for grabs, James Wood and Ava Hughes proved worthy winners. James (3:28) led home the boys to scoop the Hawick News Trophy but only just. Just 15 seconds separated the first eight battling boys as Charles McKay (3:17) raced right to the line for second and Greg Watson had to fight for third as Robert Wood, Irvine Welsh and Robbie Jack all closed in. Irvine (3:05) ran the fastest actual boys time.

For her efforts, Ava Hughes claimed the John Hogg Memorial Trophy. Ava (3:15) ran a controlled, composed race and strode to the line seven seconds ahead of second place Lucy Allott. Lucy knew the race for second was on as Iona Jamieson flew around the final quarter of the route. Young Lucy (3:37) didn’t panic and finished of a fine run with silver. Fastest girl on the day Iona (3:12) had to settle for bronze, whilst Erin Clarkson (3:42) and Emily Hush (4:14) also gave a fine account of themselves.

The next event on the Harriers calendar is the 10k Penchrise Pen race and 5k trail race on Sunday 30th September, with registration at Stobs Camp from 11am.

Christie Cup Results 15/9/18

CHRISTIE CUP 2018 – Full Results

Christie Cup – Senior Men

  1. Derek McHugh 
  2. Brian Harper
  3. Derek Clyne

D. Scott Shield – U15/17 Girls & Senior Ladies

  1. Abbie McGaughey
  2. Sinead McHugh
  3. Kelly McKay

Refuge Assurance Trophy – U15/17 Boys

  1. Calum Renwick
  2. Conan Harper
  3. Lewis Renwick

Hawick News Trophy – U11/13 Boys

  1. James Wood
  2. Charles McKay
  3. Greg Watson

John Hogg Memorial Trophy – U11/13 Girls

  1. Ava Hughes
  2. Lucy Allott
  3. Iona Jamieson



100 Not Out

Alan Inglis recently completed his 100th half marathon and already his focus is on more, many, many more.

Alan heading for the line during his 100th half marathon

For serial runner Alan, who is now synonymous with Teviotdale Harriers, this wasn’t always the way.

The 50-year-old Langholm based accountant dabbled briefly with running as a teenager before an almost 20-year hiatus from the sport.

On June 23rd, 1984 at the tender age of 15, Hawick High School pupil Alan Inglis straddled his bike and pedalled his way to nearby Denholm. A fresh-faced Alan was there to take part in his first ever half marathon, the ‘Denholm Half.’

Where it all began. The ‘Denholm Half’ certificate

“I was only fifteen and hadn’t really done any training,” Alan said.

“I cycled from Hawick, ran the half marathon and then cycled back. It was before computers, computer games, mobile phones and daytime TV, there was not much else to do.”

Obviously not fazed by the daunting prospect of running 13.1 miles, Alan’s youthful enthusiasm saw him make a swift return to the start line.

A 16-year-old Alan running Hawick half marathon alongside Jim Matthews

He added: “I then took part in a couple of the original Hawick half marathons that ran along Hawick High Street. At the time I would run for the Presto team or the Pringle of Scotland team.

“I was never a runner and also never a member of the local running club  but took part just to stay fit for playing rugby.”

Rugby, was most definitely Alan’s sport of choice. Fast forward nearly twenty years to 2004 though and all this would change.

“I was overweight and unfit,” describes Alan.

“So, I decided to run another half. The Stornoway Half Marathon. I then at this point became hooked and started the journey towards the first 100.”

Anyone who has ran the distance knows all to well that some days are better than others. There are days when chaffing, blistering and fatigue pray heavy on the runner’s mind and can make them question their chosen event.

Alan’s outlook on becoming a Centurion half marathon runner, appears quite unique.

“I can’t say that I have disliked any of the half’s that I have completed but enjoyed some more than others.

“My favourite is definitely Glen Clova. I have taken part in this event, every year since 2004 and this year will be my fifteenth in a row,” he said.

Alan speeds along his favourite route in Glen Cova

“I have also thoroughly enjoyed running the five Hebridean half marathons (Stornoway, Benbecula, Skye, Barra & Harris) and the Water of Leith which is unusual as it is a handicapped half marathon.”

His enthusiasm for the race seems unwavering. On 2nd September, one week before his 50th before, Alan reached the magical milestone: “My hundredth half was Carlisle, which was a fantastic route.”

Alan celebrated his 50th at this years opening run

Not one to rest on his laurels, Alan already has the next steps on his half marathon legacy mapped out.

Alan says: “My plans for the future are to head towards 200, injury and age willing.

“Next up for me is a trip over the Irish Sea to the Galloway Bay Half Marathon and then north to Glen Clova.”

The running bug has its teeth sunk deeply into Alan and I’m sure we all wish him well as he tackles the next 1318.5 miles (plus training) towards his 200th half.

World Masters Round Up

Alastair Walker followed up Sunday’s 10,000m road race gold with bronze in today’s 5k at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga.

See Sammy receive his gold here

Super Sammy clocked 17:36.08 to finish third behind Spanish winner Gregorio Saiz (17:32.38) and Alastair Prangnell (17:33.75) of New Zealand who finished second.

Sammy leads out Spain’s Gregorio Saiz & New Zealand’s Alastair Prangnell

In his own words Sammy said: “I took it up but was outkicked.”

This hard earned bronze compliments the glorious gold he scooped in Sunday’s road race.

Master of the World – Sammy Walker

Also competing from the club was Colin Welsh. Colin raced in the 800m, V35 category. Colin cruised through Sunday’s heat in 2:01.69 and returned the next evening for his semi-final.

Colin Welsh fly’s around the track

As expected the standard was high and Colin just missed out on the final by half-a-second, clocking 1:59.99, the 13th fastest time, with 12 to progress to the final. 

Colin’s semi-final run…

Spaniard Juan Ramon Pous Perez, the victor in Colin’s semi-final,  would go on to finish first in Tuesday’s final. Compatriot Pablo Munoz Caballero would finish second and Great Britain and N.I.’s Aaron Brown would complete the podium with third.

Sammy Walker – World Champion!!!

Sammy with the Gold!!!

The evergreen, inspirational and down-right gutsy, Alastair ‘Sammy’ Walker is the V60, 10,000m Road Race World

Sammy is currently in Malaga competing at the World Masters. It was early on Sunday morning among a strong field of 82 runners from all over the world that Sammy romped home to victory in 35 minutes 58 seconds.

Sammy led home a British 1-2-3 with regular age group rival Paul Mingay (36:38) second and Jon Cross (37:20) third.

The Harriers ‘Legend,’ continues to train and compete at an unbelievably high standard and deserves enormous credit for his commitment to running.

On behalf of everyone at Teviotdale Harriers, Sammy, a massive, massive well done. You’re proof of what consistent and thorough training can achieve. 

Keep up the good work…

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