Tonight is the first Time Trial. Please meet at HAWICK MUSEUM 6pm sharp. Please don’t go to the Church as no one will be there. Remember your number if you have one but don’t worry if you do not, one can be collected on the night.
Eleven Harriers headed to Livingston on Sunday to take part in the sun-kissed National 6/4 Stage Road Relay Championships.
This top level event features two races, one for men and one for women, with both races setting off at the same time. Six runners for the men and four for the women would tackle alternate 3.1 and 5.8 mile laps around the streets of West Lothians largest town. Central AC would go on to scoop both golds.
For the first time since the men’s and women’s Relay Championships combined in 1998, Teviotdale were represented in the women’s event. Unfortunately the ladies couldn’t form a full team of four but the three who did run, ran with great determination and merited their small piece in Harriers history.
Lauren Corbett ran the first 3.1 mile leg for the ladies and worked extremely hard to hand over in 28th position, in a time of 21:58. Michelle Short tackled the long 5.8 mile second leg and can be pleased with her performance registering 41:34 and lifting the team to 27th. Kirsty Hughes ran resolutely with a third leg time of 25:08, leaving the trio with a combined time of 1:28:40 and at that point a respectable 30th position out of 38 teams.
Competing for the third year in a row, the men were able to field eight runners. In the ‘A’ team, the short leg runners were Andy Goodair, Kyle Potts and Derek Scott with Greg Walker, Bruce Hughes and Alastair Walker the long. Andrew Gibson led out the ‘B’ team with Alan Coltman running second.
Andy Goodair ran 18:50 for the first leg and crossed in 45th position. Greg Walker ran a storming 33:19 to lift the team to 35th. Kyle Potts ran 20:32 to leave the team in 40th and Bruce Hughes over the second long leg had a time of 34:47 to bring them up to 36th. Derek Scott also gained places running a 19:13 leg to hand over to last runner Alastair Walker in 32nd. Alastair ran an experienced leg in 35:31 and picked up another position to place the team 31st out 57 overall, with a total time of 2:42:12.
Without being able to field a full ‘B’ team, Andrew Gibson still ran a competitive 21:04 and Alan Coltman played his part with a 45:02 long leg.
A Harriers spokesperson said: “With Teviotdale providing three officials for the day and a volunteer race marshal out on the course, the Harriers still continue to leave their mark on these National events.
It was great to see the Women represented today. Although they couldn’t get a full team, the fact that they were in the race is great progress. ”
Alex Corbett’s photos
Almost as nightmarish as the Michael Jackson music video, writes Scott Watson.
On Sunday 19th March, 2 hardy Harriers headed for Thrunton woods in Northumberland for the 2nd annual Thrunton Thriller Trail races, organised by highfelllevents.com, which consisted of a 10k (ish) and a half marathon (ish). Leaving at 6.30am, Derek Scott and Scott Watson made the 90 minute trip to make sure of a space in limited parking.
After getting signed in, it was time to get suited and booted for the 9.30am start. After a wee warm up, a 15 minute delay and a pre race briefing it was time to hit the muddy, slippy, rocky and generally gnarly trails.
The 345 runners headed off up the trail, the field split early on, those doing the 10k up a hill and those doing the half marathon taking a right fork down another trail. Both Scott and Derek got into their running pretty quickly and were both in a small leading group over the 1st mile or so, a few tough hills split this group quite quickly. Scott was in 2nd place at checkpoint 1 just before the bottom of the ‘Hill of Doom’, Derek also moving along nicely in the top 10. The Hill of Doom was just like it said! Steep, muddy and rocky, almost as tough as the eildons! After reaching the top, still in 2nd place, Scott made a great descent, turning a 200m deficit into a 200m lead in less than a mile, Derek was also popping along nicely. Then came the last 3 or so miles which consisted of a long uphill drag through almost knee high heather and almost half a mile of knee deep bog.
Scott was still leading at checkpoint 2 just after the bog section with only about a mile and a half to go. Getting a 2nd wind he pushed on to the short steep downhill followed by a more gradual downhill, managing to increase the lead. With 100 to go there was still another climb up into the woods for a short sharp loop before eventually being able to take the tape and a well earned rest. Scott was 1st in a time of 1.22:20 but the 10k ish measured in at 8.65 miles, almost 14k!
Derek, among others, had a slight issue with a wrong turn due to a missing sign and no marshall at a critical turn, just 800m from the finish. Derek ran 9.5 miles in 1.48:22 but before the mishap was looking good for a top 10 finish.
Scott was delighted with his race but Derek was left a bit miffed with the marshalling issue. Overall it was an enjoyable day, well organised (mostly!!). I would highly recommend it to those who like the trails and a tough challenge. I’ll hopefully be back next year to have a got at defending my title. Derek wasn’t so keen!
A mother daughter double followed by a hugely popular win in the Senior Men’s race equated to an exciting afternoon at a serene Hawick Moor last Saturday.
The two legged variety of racer competed around the towns racecourse in an event that was first staged in 1894. 112 years later and the format is still the same with a four lap, 3 mile race for the Teviotdale Harriers Cup, arguably the most sought after piece of silverware available to any male member of the club.
With a further six trophies up for grabs, including the first chance for Veteran Ladies to win the Mary Hughes Memorial Salver, 46 runners in total were all champing at the bit to get the action started.
The first race of the day featured the Under11/13 Boys and Girls competing around one and a half laps of the course. The boys were racing for the M and M trophy whilst for the girls the John Elliot trophy was the prize. With soft conditions causing footwear problems for many of the runners, there was to be no such issue for winners Callum Renwick and Ava Hughes.
Callum secured Boys gold with a gritty determined run, once he found himself first there was to be no catching him. Harrison Hughes, although finishing with only one shoe, managed to take silver with Robbie Jack racing well for bronze. Joint back marker Conan Harper (7:36) ran the fastest actual time with James Wood competing in a club race for the first time.
In the Girls category a tenacious Ava gave a gutsy display to claim back a trophy she had won two years earlier. Iona Jamieson (8:30) earned both silver and fastest actual time with another impressive run. First timer racer Kelly McKay picked up the bronze, with Tiegan Singleton also a debutant.
Next race on the track and tackling two laps were the Under15/17 Boys Girls and Ladies. In the Boys competition back marker Fraser Clyne was the run away winner. Posting the fastest time on his way to victory, Fraser (8:56) wrestled the Junior Cup away from three time winner Jamie Waugh who had to settle for second. Duncan Little should be pleased with his efforts running well for third.
Winning the Ladies Challenge Trophy and thus securing a family double was the added bonus for a purposeful Kirsty Hughes in the Girls and Ladies race. A mere 20 minutes after daughter Ava claimed gold, Kirsty repeated the feat.
Setting off with intent, Kirsty quickly gained ground on two of the three front markers, before finally catching long time leader Macy Cropper along the back straight of the final lap. Kirsty dug deep to cross the line first, with Macy securing second and Lauren Corbett (11:27) taking third and fastest time. For being first Veteran (excluding race winner) Ann Aitken scooped the Mary Hughes Memorial Salver.
Last but by no means least, the Senior Men lined up to race for the historic Teviotdale Harriers Cup. ‘The inaugural Cup Race was to have been held on 31st March (1894) but this was postponed until 7th April when it was discovered that this would clash with the Gala v Hawick rugby match!’ Describes John L. Coltman in his book First Hundred.
Rolling back the years, ‘Teviotdale Legend’ Alan Samuel emerged victorious. Alan first won a Senior Harriers Men’s race in 1969, with his last in 2004. Alan is also one of only three men who have been Club Champion in five consecutive years (73-77). On Saturday he won his first ever Cup Race and became the seventh different winner in seven handicap races this season.
Running steadily from the gun, Alan was not to be caught and broke the tape 10 seconds ahead of second place Alan Coltman with David bell completing the podium. Alan Coltman’s position secured him the Glencairn Trophy for the men’s first Vet. Back marker Rory Anderson (18:17) completed the four laps in the fastest actual time.
The club would like to offer thanks to Lyle and Scott for their continued support and generous donation of prizes to all race winners, including the much coveted ‘Maroon Jumper’.
This drew another eventful race season to an end with only Fridays Presentation Night left, 7:00pm in the Volunteer Club Rooms.
Alex Corbett’s photos here
Results MOOR CUP 2017
Knee deep mud, howling winds and a charcoal grey sky awaited Teviotdale Harriers last Saturday as they headed to Falkirk for the 2017 Scottish Cross Country Championships.
Callendar Park provided the venue as the cream of Scottish running battled for National Honours with young Fraser Clyne Hawick’s standout runner.
The prestigious culmination to the cross country season proved to be a sapping test that demanded concentration as well as effort. Runners wouldn’t want it any other way.
With the Harriers tent adeptly erected to provide some respite from the squally conditions, it was time for the runners to venture forth and tackle the course.
Junior Captain Thomas MacAskill and Harrison Hughes were first under the starters gun and both ran with grit and determination. Competing among the 164 U13 boys on a 3.2km course, Thomas (12:25) finished 40th, with Harrison (14:48) 149th.
A slightly longer 4.2km route was in place for the U15 girls, three Harriers lined up in a field of 118 runners. Lucy Ash (17:50) was first Harrier home in 77th, Carly Blaikie (19:50) followed in 106th with Macy Cropper (21:03) finishing 109th.
Next running the same 4.2km course was 150 U15 boys, including an impressive Fraser Clyne. Following on from his recent sixth place finish at the Broxburn East District League Race, Fraser finished a hard earned 13th in a time of 13:48.
Ishbel Inglis was our sole entry among 48 U17 women and she gave her all around the 5.9km course. Finishing 45th in a time of 35:45.
The Senior Women’s three lap 10km race was next to feature Harriers as 269 women raced around a rapidly deteriorating course. Kirsty Hughes after a steady start, got into her running around the last two laps to finish 234th in a time of 1:00:17. Lauren Corbett did not finish.
The final race saw 647 Senior Men competing around the same 10km route and included Olympic Marathon runner Callum Hawkins and ten from Teviotdale. Hawkins would go on to win in some style in 33:34. Greg Walker (40:47) 106th, Rory Anderson (41:27) 127th and Bruce Hughes (43:53) 227th were first three home for Hawick.
Scott Watson (45:31) 280th, Derek Scott (47:01) 332nd, Andy Goodair (47:41) 358th, Alan Inglis (48:32) 393rd, Alister Biggar (51:54) 498th, Paul Lockie (58:17) 605th and Alan Coltman (59:28) 616th completed our competitors. These results placed Teviotdale 25th among the 42 full teams.
This Saturday 4th March will see the last club race of the season as Harriers compete around Hawick Moor in the Cup Races. Registration is at 12:45 with the first race at 13:30.
Bruce and Kirsty’s photos here.
Lauren Corbett’s photos here
Hawick Schools Cross Country Champions were crowned last Friday at a bustling Wilton Lodge Park.
The annual event organised by Teviotdale Harriers in association with Live Borders Active Schools, attracted over 400 enthusiastic runners competing in four keenly contested races with individual and team prizes up for grabs.
As well as the yearly Primary Schools P6/P7 boys and girls races, for the first time High School S1/S2 pupils would also race for boys and girls prizes.
Ava Hughes, Irvine Welsh, Maisie Ballantyne and Thomas MacAskill emerged worthy winners on a heartening day for the town, when every standard of runner accepted the challenge and tackled the courses in impressive fashion.
The Primary Schools girl’s race was first underway. Boasting 120 runners, the girl’s excitedly sped off to tackle the well-marked 1850m course and it was Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Ava Hughes who would emerge victorious. Although still only in P6, Ava raced home determinedly to claim gold in 8:23. Emily Gibson (8:33) finished a spirited second representing Trinity, with Poppie Gibson (8:42) running for Stirches a strong third.
Trinity claimed the girl’s team prize with a total of 56 points. Emily Gibson (2), Sophie Swan (8), Rhae Pringle (10), Emily Stormont (17) and Ellen Dobbie (19) were the counters. Drumlanrig (57) finished second only one point adrift with Wilton (90) in third.
In the 133 competitor boy’s race, another P6 runner was to claim the title. Wilton’s diminutive Irvine Welsh raced to victory in an impressive 7:37. Rhys Elliot (7:47) ran well for Stirches to secure second with Wilton’s Fraser Casson (7:49) finishing fast in third.
A strong Wilton quintuple romped to victory in the team competition as Irvine Welsh (1), Fraser Casson (3), Robbie Welsh (5), Jack Turnbull (8) and Taylor Rafferty (12) scored an impressive 29 points. Again Drumlanrig (58) took second with Denholm (95) completing the top three.
The overall Champion School Trophy was secured by Drumlanrig (115), with Wilton a close second (119) and Trinity (190) third.
Individual prizes were awarded at the picturesque Bandstand by Harriers club President Alan Coltman and the pupils and teachers dispersed back to their respective schools to make way for the older competitors.
Again the girls were first to race and 87 young S1/S2 Teri’s stood on the start line, ready to head out on the slightly further 2450m route. With a much coveted House competition up for grabs there was plenty to race for. Maisie Ballantyne running for Turnbull completed an impressive double, winning in 10:46. S1 student Maisie followed up last year’s Primary School victory with a tenacious run.
Kelly McKay (11:07) made it a Turnbull one-two running with great intent from start to finish. Tiegan Singleton (11:12) and Sophie Allott battled neck and neck to the line but it was the former, competing for Scott who prevented the Turnbull clean sweep by taking third in a close finish.
Unsurprisingly Turnbull won the girls team competition with Maisie Ballantyne (1), Kelly McKay (2), Sophie Allott (4), Sophie Allen (9) and Phoebe Gale (10) reaching a total of 26 points. Scott finished second (29) with Turnbull ‘B’ (88) third House.
The final race of the day included 92 boys and the promising Thomas MacAskill ran impressively for Douglas to take the gold in 9:16. Fellow Douglas House mate Ben Morozzo (9:41) gave a good account of himself to take silver with Jai Patterson (10:02) running purposefully for Turnbull completing the podium.
Douglas secured the team title with a dominant 23 points, Thomas MacAskill (1), Ben Morozzo (2), Matthew McDonald (5), Martin Goldie (7), Rocco Cuthbert (8) the five scorers. Turnbull (43) finished second with Scott (71) third.
These results earned Turnbull the overall Champion House title on 69 points, with Scott (100) second and Douglas (112) third.
Event organiser Rory Anderson couldn’t have been happier with how everything went: “Friday was a huge success and was great to see so many keen runners over the four races.
“It’s good to take part in such events but also be competitive and push for the best position you can get.
“I would also like to thank the continued support of our eight local schools and now also Hawick High School, the teachers, staff and helpers, all of whom gave up time and effort to back this worthy event and make it so worthwhile.”
A Harriers spokesperson also added: “We would like to thank Paul Scott and Euan Lindores for their efforts over the last few months, Gordon Webber for the gazebos and Hawick Waverley for use of their changing rooms.
“Last but not least a huge thanks to everyone who marshalled, officiated and provided any form of assistance in making this inspiring day such a success.”
If anyone who ran on Friday enjoyed the event and would like to give running another go Teviotdale Harriers meet every Wednesday 6pm, at Teviot Church in St George’s Lane.