Menzies 2019

Last weekend saw Teviotdale Harriers last races for 2019 writes Caroline Jack, with the competitive Menzies Race on the Saturday and the more informal but equally competitive Christmas relays on Sunday.The Menzies Race saw 42 Teviotdale Harriers descend upon Hawick’s Common Haugh in relatively mild and dry conditions for the time of year. First off were the juniors (U11/U13), running around part of Wilton Lodge Park and back to the Haugh, Winning the MGM Trophy for the boys was Ivan Watson, followed home by Lyle Beattie and Alfie Walker. Irvine Welsh recorded the fastest actual time of 8:19. The girls race saw Chloe Walker take the W G Robertson Trophy and also the fastest recorded time of 10:41, followed by Niamh Dickson and Ruby Watson. Next up were all other categories in a sealed handicap start following the route usually only run by the men; through the park, up the 10k hill, towards Martins Bridge, round by the “Joogly Bridge” and back along the A7 to finish at the High School. Conan Harper took the J M Hamilton Trophy in the scratch race for U15/U17 boys in a time of 25:32 followed by Calum Renwick and Robbie Welsh. Sam Allott winning the Shiel Trophy in the sealed handicapped category.¬†Langholm carried on the winning streak with Girls Captain, Iona Jamieson recording a time of 31:09 in the U15/U17/Ladies scratch category winning the W Spence Trophy, followed by Caroline Jack and Ava Hughes. Ladies Captain, Caroline Jack winning the sealed handicapped Curruthers Trophy.The men’s race saw Langholm winning a hat-trick with Ryan Milligan storming in to first place with a time of 24:58 to take the Oliver Trophy, followed by Greg Walker and Alistair ‘Sammy’ Walker. Winning the sealed handicapped Menzies Trophy was Derek Ballantyne.