The afternoon of Friday 24th February saw the staging of the first ever Teviotdale Harriers inter-schools primary cross country event. This was the culmination of taster sessions in all of the 9 Hawick cluster schools when members of Teviotdale Harriers visited and instructed all p6 and p7 boys and girls in a programme of different types of training in preparation for the big event. This included sprint sessions, hill reps, farklek sessions and a fun relay race. On the day 250 children descended upon Wilton Lodge Park to run a course covering a distance of 2,000 metres. In almost perfect conditions, first off were the girls, all 111 of them. It was a fantastic sight to see as the line of children snaked its way round the course beginning at the putting green, up and over by the Boer War Memorial, turning left towards the corner of the tennis courts then right, over the pitches to the old changing hut, down along the side of the river then left to pass the tennis courts, double back and return to the putting green to finish. Leading from start to finish was Trinity Primary School P7 girl Ishbel Inglis, (9.43) closely followed by Drumlanrig Primary School P7 girl Emma Suddon, (9.45) and fellow Drumlanrig pupil Phillipa Robertson P7 (9.50) in third position.
Shortly afterwards, the 139 boys lined up for their turn. Taking a strong lead was Wilton Primary School’s P6 pupil Fraser Clyne. Fraser continued this lead all the way round the course closely followed by P7 Newcastleton pupil Aiden Armstrong then when descending down the hill at the Boer War Memorial Aiden made a sprint attempt for the line and took 1st place in a time of 8.29 beating Fraser by just one second (8.30). Third place was taken by Mark Gallagher of Denholm Primary School in 8.52.
Once all the runners were in and had caught their breath there was a short presentation by Teviotdale Harriers Club President Rob Halliday. Medals were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd girls and boys as mentioned above. There were also team trophies for the first school to have 5 pupils over the line with Drumlanrig in this inaugural year taking the double. Teams were girls: Emma Suddon, Phillipa Robertson, Rachel Shiel, Mairead Cottrell and Eilidh Jaffray. Boys: Hamish Murray, Barrie MacLean, Lewis Robertson, Greg Johnston and Aidan Murphy.
The event was deemed a great success by all and will now be an annual event.
The athletics club for Hawick and area since 1889.