Teviotdale Harriers Captains Past & Present

In 1889 following a run, nine Hawick men called a meeting, “for the purpose of forming a Harriers club.” Teviotdale Harriers were born. One of the founder members, John R. Purdom was elected first ever Club Captain. The Captain according to John L. Coltman’s book, ‘First Hundred,’ was, “vested with full power to arrange runs, places of meets, paces, whips etc.”

At a recent committee meeting it was decided that the honour of Club Captain should be marked with a small memento. It was decided that the memento should be presented in the form of a pin badge, designed in the shape of the Harriers’ gate insignia.

It was also decided that this keepsake should be extended to all past Captains who’ve had the privilege to lead the third oldest running club in Scotland.

At this years opening run on Saturday 9th September, all past Men’s, Women’s and Junior Captains are warmly invited to come along to the Harriers clubrooms at 1pm for the opening run or to Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club at 4pm for a social event where the Club President will present the badges to past Captains.

The bar will be open and there will be a buffet provided, to which all members, family and friends are invited.

Yours sincerely

Teviotdale Harriers Committee.

 

Walker Runs To Fastest Time In Britain

Local running legend Alastair ‘Sammy’ Walker continued his recent running renaissance by impressively claiming the fastest V60 5k time in Britain this year.

Competing at the recent Quayside 5k organised by Gateshead Harriers, Sammy finished first in the over 60’s category in an astonishing 17:35, smashing the record time in the process.

Finishing 60th overall in the race seemed fitting for veteran Sammy who on his Strava feed declared, “Fastest V60 time in UK 2017, mission accomplished.”

Teviotdale Harriers 10k, JogScotland 5k & Fun Run Results

Teviotdale Harriers played host to runners of all ages and abilities last Sunday as they staged their annual 10k, Jog Scotland 5k and two mile Fun Run.

On a day filled with smiles and sweat in equal measure, an impressive 177 runners gathered from near and far to compete for 14 titles with Hawick runners securing six of them.

After months of planning, the efforts of all those behind the scenes were equalled by those who stood on the start line and put one foot in front of the other to gain their hard earned medals but more importantly the right to say, “I did it.” The weather gods also played their part with tranquil overcast conditions which no doubt pleased the majority of runners.

Following registration at the Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club for their chosen event, competitors made their way across to the start at the Park Gates with emotions ranging from quiet confidence to sheer trepidation.

Teviotdales Famous Five, Irvine Welsh, Donna Inglis, Fraser Clyne, Iona Jamieson & Conan Harper.

The well signed 10k/5k route led runners through Wilton Lodge Park up onto Wilton Park Road and along the road to Martin’s Bridge. Turning left back to Hawick, the course followed the path past Parkdaill all the way to Hawick High School before sweeping left into St George’s Lane and over the bridge. With the Fun Runners route following the path around the Park.

The high standard 10k race drew and impressive field of 60 competitors, which included Edinburgh AC’s Callum Reid hoping for a hat trick of victories, alongside 5k course record holder Marcus D’Agrosa of Gala Harriers. As expected the pair featured prominently but ultimately both men had to settle for the minor podium places.

Ian Harding of Morpeth Harriers proved to be the runaway winner of the men’s race. Once hitting the front Harding was not to be caught and completed the two lap 10k course in a hugely impressive 31:40. Edinburgh’s Reid and Gala’s D’Agrosa matched each other stride for stride around the first lap but a concerted effort from Reid managed to open a gap that was not to be closed. Reid (33:46) claimed second with D’Agrosa (34:11) not far behind in third. Greg Walker (35:21) returned home first for Teviotdale, running strongly for fourth place overall.

In the women’s race, Sarah Green of Gala Harriers romped home to stop the clock at 39:13. Green finished 16th overall and must be truly satisfied with her run. Arlene Botha (48:17) running for Galavanters scooped second with fellow Galavanter Charlotte Harvey (48:50) claiming third.

In the over 40 Vet’s category, Gary Trewartha (36:08) of Gala Harriers took top spot for the men, finishing 5th overall. Wendy Cross (57:52) of the local Teri Joggers ran superbly well to take the women’s title.

The days team prize headed 18 miles north up the A7. With four to count, Gala Harriers runners Marcus D’Agrosa (3rd), Gary Trewartha (5th), Andrew Lawrie (6th) and Sara Green (16th) claimed the spoils.

The one lap 5k race, starting at the same time as the 10k, saw another 49 runners make their way around the streets of Hawick. It was in the 5k where Teviotdale Harriers would prove the dominant club. Fraser Clyne, Iona Jamieson, Donna Inglis and Conan Harper all claimed victories in various categories.

In the men’s race, local High School pupil Fraser Clyne kicked into gear during the last mile to break away from his nearest rival and win in 17:42. Cameron Bullen (17:59) of Team East Lothian worked hard to finish second with Teviotdale’s Thomas MacAskill (20:15) securing third. First over 40 Vet in the men’s race was Jedburgh’s James Clamp (20:25) with the under 16 Boy’s Champion being crowned Conan Harper (18:55) of Teviotdale Harriers. Young Harper impressively crossed the line third overall.

In the women’s 5k race Teviotdale secured a clean sweep. Iona Jamieson led them all home in 20:45 with a fantastic run. Michelle Short (21:13) took second with Maisie Ballantyne (24:51) third. Donna Inglis (26:09) completed the Harriers 5k dominance by returning victorious in the women’s over 40 Vet race.

Arguably the best race of the day was the first away, 68 runners lined up to race, jog or walk their way around the two mile Fun Run. The inspiring sight and sense of achievement was palpable as Mum’s, Dad’s, brothers and sisters, all with one goal, helped and encouraged each other to stay the course.

There was a race to be won and Teviotdale Harriers Irvine Welsh returned the Boys Champion. Wilton Primary School pupil Welsh, crossed the line in 13:29. Second place on the day went to Gala Harriers runner Jack McDonald (15:00) with Harris McDonald (15:21) also Gala in third.

In the Girls race, Katie McKean of Peebles took the win. Katie clocked 15:35 to finish just ahead of Hawick runner Ellie Benstead (15:54). Poppy Lunn of Gala Harriers (17:03) completed the top three.

Speaking after the event, Chief Organiser Paul Lockie of the Teviotdale Harriers gave his thoughts: “It was great to see so many runners young and not so young on the start line all eager to go when the starter fired the gun. Some were determined to win, some pushing for PB’s and some out to enjoy a run where the challenge was to finish and after picking up a medal, most tucked into to tea and tray bakes at the presentation. Some even came away with a spot prize. I am grateful to all the runners and all the helpers who volunteered their time to make the day such a success.”

Club captain Bruce Hughes added: “After many months of planning, Teviotdale Harriers along with the support of JogScotland managed to host what proved to be a hugely popular run. As with every event such as this it would not be possible without those behind the scenes. A huge thanks must go everyone who contributed in any way and to Think Fitness and Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club for their continued support.”

THC 2017 10K RESULTS

THC 2017 5K RESULTS

THC FUN RUN 2017(56974)

Pics thanks to the Corbetts’ for the 10k/5k here

Pics thanks to the Corbetts’ for the Fun Run here

Teviotdale Harriers 10k, Jog Scotland 5k & Fun Run

The Teviotdale Harriers 10k, JogScotland Hawick 5k Challenge and 2 Mile Fun Run takes place on Sunday 27th August 2017 • Start Time Fun Run 12.30pm, 10k & 5K Runs 1:00pm.

Please enter HERE

– A flat course in the Scottish Borders with PB potential through our scenic Wilton Lodge Park.

– Scottish Athletics permit event under Scottish Athletics Rules.

REGISTRATION AND PRIZE GIVING AT HAWICK & WILTON CRICKET CLUB.

Registration opens at 11:15am and closes at 12:30 pm for 10k and 5k, and closes 12:15pm for fun run.

Cost 10k £12 / 5k £8 (£2 discount for SAL members.)

Fun Run £2 enter on the day only.

Closing Date for 10k & 5k is Saturday 26th August – or until all places are taken. If places are still available on the day entries may be made for an additional £2.

Prizes:

Fun Run – 1st Boy and Girl = £10, 2nd = £5, 3rd =£3.

10k 1st = £60 2nd = £40 3rd = £20 for male and females and 1st male and 1st female master £40 each and also Team Prize (mixed Team of 4).

5k 1st = £30 2n = £20 and 3rd= £10 for male and female runners, with no masters prize, but with under 16s prize with 1st boy and girl also receiving £20 each. If U16 wins 5k would get higher 5k prizes with added spot prizes for 10k and 5k finishers.

10k COURSE RECORD: Mens 30:15 Neil Renault (2010) Ladies 35:11 Dianne Lauder (2010).

5k COURSE RECORD: Mens 17:01 Marcus D’Agrosa (2016) Ladies 19:48 Lisa MacDonald (2016).

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE – Join us after the race back at the Cricket Club where each runner is entitled to one free drink and if you’re lucky…something sweet.

Junior Training

Teviotdale Harriers coaches hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxing and sun kissed summer holiday but would like to remind you that Junior Training will recommence on Wednesday 16th August, 6pm at Teviot Church. Also the gym will begin again on Thursday 17th August, 4pm at Think Fitness.

Teviotdale Harriers AGM

Teviotdale Harriers – AGM

The annual general meeting of Teviotdale Harriers will take place on Thursday 7th September at 7:00pm (venue TBC).

Under normal circumstances a notice is displayed on the notice board in the clubrooms asking for nominations for office bearers but as the clubrooms are out of bounds we are unable to follow this procedure. Anyone wishing to propose someone for one of the roles (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee etc.) within the club should send their proposal along with the name of a seconder to club president Alan Coltman HERE