The first Penchrise Pen Hill Race was held at Stobs on 18th September with 25 runners assembling for the 8k run with total ascent of 280m. The threatened rain stayed away and conditions couldn’t have been much better for the runners or indeed those who turned up to help out and support the race.
Moorfoot took the honours with Darin Dougal first home in a time of 35:23 and Julia Connor first lady in 41:30. Darin was chased home by 19 year old Rory Anderson from the host club Teviotdale who also had Craig Grieve in 3rd place. 2nd lady home was Jane Chalmers (unattached) and 3rd was Lindsey Knox of Teviotdale. Darin was also first in the M40 category although the prize for this moved down to Colin Nichol while John Tullie (M50) and Barry Spence (M60) gave Teviotdale a clean sweep in the age group categories. Special mention to Owen O’Neill of Westerlands who despite arriving late, dashing from the car to start over 3 minutes behind and then finishing with only one shoe, managed to work his way through the field into 10th place just over 5 minutes behind the winner.
Although a low turnout the race proved successful and hopefully this will be the first of many races here. Thanks to all who made the effort to come along, both runners and helpers, and hopefully we will see you all again next year.
Torrential rain greeted Craig Grieve on the morning of his first attempt at running Ben Nevis. Conditions improved as the race start got nearer. Craig met up with former harrier Billy Fraser who was also competing for the first time. Both Craig and Billy looked good after the first mile on road before they started the climb onto the Ben. Craig reached the summit in 1hr 19mins and Billy around 1hr 27 mins. There was little visibility on top and the descent was very slippy. The winner Finlay Wild completed the race in a very impressive 1hr 29mins. Craig looked strong as he made his way back down the road and finished in 100th place in 2hr 3mins. Billy also looked well as he completed the last ½ mile and finished 181st in 2hr 17mins. 480 runners completed this epic run and most will try again next year.
The Christie cup was up for grabs in the senior men’s race, with ten men on the start line and three thousand metres to cover. When the race unfolded it was club captain Alan Coltman who crossed the line first in the time of 12min 46sec, in second spot it was Alan Samuel in [12:58] and in third place it was Michael Yule [13:16]
In the u/13 Boys race which covers one lap of the putting green in Wilton Lodge Park it was Ben Slorance [3:58] who romped home in front of Alex Fair [4:03] and in third spot it was Jamie Waugh [4:04]. In the girls race Iben Mcmillan [4:13] was first over the line, closely followed by Ishbel Inglis [4:16] and finishing in third was Emma Grieve [4:26]
The u/17 boys race was won by Kyle Potts [8:41] with Kelso’s Jason McIntosh [8:49] second.
The senior ladies race which covers two laps of the putting green was won this year by Pam Paxton [9:08] with Ann Renwick [9:13] finishing second, in third spot it was Sylvia Grieve [9:17].
Tuesday 12th July 2011 saw a small group of Teviotdale Harriers head over to Moffat to take part in the Moffat Gala Week Running Festival. The juniors ran first in the 6 – 12 year age group, and came home with a prize each.
Fraser Clyne on his first outing as a harrier picked up 2nd place in the boys’ 9 –10 year old group, Emma Grieve 3rd place in the girls’ 9 –10 year old group and Ishbel Inglis picked up two prizes as first girl overall and first girl in the 11 year old group.
For the seniors there was Alan Inglis and Michael Yule. First in Alan Inglis, 26th position in a time of 63.08 and Michael Yule, 46th position in a time of 67.48.
Teviotdale Harriers held their last Cross Country races of the season (The Cup Races), up on Hawick Moor on Saturday 5 March. In the main race of the day for the Teviotdale Harriers Cup, first run over a hundred years ago, making it the oldest Cross Country race in the country and the Blue Riband of the Harriers season, it was the evergreen Bill Knox who crossed the finish line first to lift the coveted trophy in the time of 22mins 11sec, with Alan Coltman behind in 22mins 51sec and in third place was Michael Yule 23 mins.
The race for U/13 boys was won by David Mercer who lifted the M & M Trophy, after one and a half laps of the racecourse in the time of 10mins 17sec, with Harry Marshall second in 10mins 43sec and Callum Murray third in 10mins 56sec.
In the U/13 girls race for the Fire Brigade Trophy, it was Ishbel Inglis who romped home first in 10min 23sec, ahead of Holly Grieve in 10min 48sec and in third spot was Molly Marshall in 10mins 53sec. The race for U/17 boys and senior ladies, which was run over 2 laps of the racecourse and at the finish it was Kyle Potts who got the judges verdict and with it the Junior Cup, over Keith Learmonth in one of the closest finishes for years, with both boys recording the time of 13mins 31sec. Third place went to last years winner Charlie Marshall.
The Ladies race was won this year by Catherine Mercer in the time of 13mins 48sec. With another close run race for second spot with Sylvia Grieve getting the decision over club mate Anne Renwick, with both runners recording the same time of 14mins 10sec.
The athletics club for Hawick and area since 1889.