Burns Club report

A total of 48 Teviotdale Harriers lined up for the annual Burns Club race including newest member Pauline McAdam making this her first outing in a Harriers vest. First away were the senior men. There were 16 competing for the winning places with the lead changing a couple of times along the way. This short fast route began in the Haugh, up Wilton Park Road, past the Walled Gardens to the top end of the park, round by the dunk, across the bridge, down the spetch, over the Laurie bridge and back to the Haugh. As the runners were spotted coming over the Laurie bridge lead man was Michael Yule who maintained this position to gain 1st place in a time of 19.28. In second place was Alister Biggar who again managed to hold his position and cross the line 2nd in a time of 19.42. A battle began for the 3rd place with both Alan Coltman and Alan Inglis making a bid for the line, with a sprint finish 3rd place went to Alan Inglis in 19.46.

Next off were the u11 boys and u11/u13 girls following a route from the Haugh, up the Avenue, round by the Steve Hislop Memorial and then returning back to the Haugh. Keeping it in the family were the Pattersons, with the honours going to older brother Corrie 1st place in a time of 8.59, 2nd place Liam Bouglas in 9.02 and 3rd place younger brother Hector in 9.05. For the girls the1st place went to Poppie Gibson in a time of 9.38 2nd place Hollie Grieve in 9.49 and 3rd place sister of the 2 boys, Skye Patterson in 9.56.

Final race of the day was the u13/u15/u17 Boys, u15 Girls and the Senior Ladies all competing against each other. On a short fast route of Haugh, Avenue, Walled Garden, across to the tennis courts, over the bridge, along the spetch, over the Laurie bridge and return to the Haugh. For the u13/u15/u17 boys trophy 1st place went to Joseph Tottman in a time of 16.04, Joseph took a strong lead but was very closely followed by Harry Marshall who finished 2nd in a time of 16.08, 3rd place went to Fraser Clyne in 16.20. For the u15 Girls/Senior Ladies Ishbel Inglis took the lead on the spetch and managed to maintain her position to take 1st place in a time of 16.14, followed by Pam Paxton 2nd in 16.51. A battle for 3rd place began on the final leg along the side of the cauld with Ann Renwick, Donna Inglis and Emma Grieve all in contention with glory going to Emma Grieve 3rd in 16.52.

All runners retired to the Burns Club for the prize giving presentation and refreshments provided by The Burns Club. Grateful thanks once again to the Burns Club for their sponsorship, generosity and hospitality.