Harriers annual Presentation Night was held at the Catholic Hall last Friday (13th
March) and the 2019-2020 season was celebrated with over 120 members, friends
trophies had been cleaned, engraved and ready for their new winners to take
home and keep for the year. The Harriers had an impressive 45 trophies on show
with each winner/placed runner receiving a huge round of applause on their
completion of the official presentation the more relaxed disco took centre
stage where the kids and some of the adults were able to show off their dance
huge thank you for all who attending this annual end of season bash and it will
be great to see you all on the start line next season.
note that the Harriers training will continue on a Wednesday night with all
current and new members welcome. For further details please see our
lastly a massive thank you to all that helped make this season a success. To
all the committee, time-keepers, handicappers, photographers, results recorders
and all helpers at training, you really make this club great.
Thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support with this great club. Here’s to the season of 2020-2021.
Teviotdale Harriers had a very busy and exciting weekend to finish off their 2019/20 season writes Donna Inglis. Sandwiched between the annual Primary and High Schools Cross Country event in Wilton Park on Friday 6th, and the final race at Chirnside of the Borders Cross Country Series on Sunday 8th, Teviotdale held their last race of the season on Saturday 7th March, the Moor Cup race. This race was first held in 1894 and holds the honour of being the oldest cross-country race in Scotland. With many of us having enjoyed the dazzling sunshine and clear crisp conditions the day before, Saturday dawned disappointingly grey and drizzly up the Mair, with the wind increasing the closer it got to the start time. Conditions underfoot on the racecourse were soft on the bends and down the back straight there were plenty of puddles to contend with. The juniors would run first on their lap and a half course, following them would be the senior ladies, U15/17 girls & boys on their new race distance of 4 laps measuring 3 miles, the same distance as the senior men.
On the command ‘Get ready, Go’, the twenty one juniors started on the far
side of the racecourse opposite the tower, followed a slight slope down through
the water logged ground and round the sticky lower corner, to power against the
strong winds up towards the tower, on completing their ‘half’ lap it was all
systems go as the leaders pushed on to complete the full lap. Powering through from the very back was
Irvine Welsh, chasing the pack amongst whom was his little brother MacLaren. MacLaren had run a strong and steady race as
did Greg Watson who had taken the lead on the back straight, Greg gave his all
to finish victorious in a time of 12:30, plucky MacLaren pushed on to take 2nd
spot in 12:37 and the ever-determined Irvine took 3rd spot in 12.52.
All times include handicaps. Fastest
actual time was Irvine Welsh in 7.27 but there were also some gutsy
performances from Taylor Watson, Glen Jamieson, James Wood and Alfie Walker
making up the top 5 actual fastest times. It was just as dramatic in the girls
race, Chloe Walker 2nd last off in the girls handicap flew around
the course to take 1st place in 13.32, hot on her heels was training
team mate Ruby Watson taking 2nd position in 13:37, as there had
only been 5 seconds between them in the handicap, they both recorded fastest
actual time for the girls in 10.17.
Little Leah Lavery on only her second outing for harriers, took all the
mud and puddles in her stride to finish 3rd in a time of 13:45. It
was yet another race in very tough weather conditions so well done to all the
juniors who turned out on the day, especially our newbies experiencing
cross-country running for the first time and our p6 and p7 runners who had
already competed the day before.
Next, it was time for the ladies and u15/17s to try out their new double distance. Eleven on the line, they took off one by one
in handicap order, then after a couple of laps the ever improving Kirsty Hughes
moved to the lead at the top bend, heading down the back straight Maisie
Ballantyne flew swiftly through the group and was on Kirsty’s shoulder round
the bend before taking the lead and powering on to finish 1st in
26:39, Kirsty crossed in 28:05 picking up not just a silver medal but also the
Mary Hughes Memorial Salver, donated by the
family in memory of her mother-in-law Mary Hughes, this is presented to
first female over 40 in the competition.
Keeping it in the family, daughter Ava Hughes took 3rd spot
in 29.15. In the boys race Calum Renwick
ran an absolutely fantastic race, starting at the back, he quietly and
determinedly pushed and pushed his way forward to take the top spot in 26:12,
Robbie Welsh continued to show his increasing confidence and form to take 2nd
place in 26:24 and one of our most enthusiastic runners Langholm lad Robert
Wood took the bronze spot in 27:41. All times include handicaps, fastest actual
times went to Maisie Ballantyne 21:09 and Calum Renwick 19:32.
As the skies darkened even further and the wind continued to increase, the
twelve men were called to the line where this year’s captain super, super-vet
86 year old Jim Pittillo was first to go, followed by Minto man Ron Hastings
then President Alan Coltman, as the remaining 9 runners were called to leave in
handicap order, Douglas Wood had a bit of a panic with a jacket zip malfunction
which caused great hilarity for the others and probably an adrenalin rush for
him, but thankfully he made it away on time. With all 12 away predictions were
made amongst the spectators as to who would take the title. As the laps unfurled and the lead changed a
couple of times, Derek Scott was soon spotted taking the lead, chased down by
Alan Inglis and then Rory Anderson moving swiftly and confidently through the
pack from his position of back marker.
Coming up the final straight, tensions heightened as the 2 front runners
came in to view, Derek with Rory on his shoulder, both continued to push on for
the line and with just a few metres to go Rory stepped out and overtook Derek
to take the crown. Rory’s arrival time 32:28,
Derek 32:38 and Alan Inglis maintained his position to take not only 3rd
place but also claim the first over 40 male in the competition, his time was
33:04, all times include handicaps, Rory fastest actual time in 18:28.
As if that was not enough excitement for the runners, a group headed down
to Chirnside the following morning for the conclusion of the Borders Cross
Country Series. Paul Lockie from
Teviotdale Harriers had this message for all “Well Done to all our Teviotdale
Harriers who took part in the Border Cross Country Series this season – great
effort by all in a competitive field. Thanks to Chirnside for hosting today’s
race and the annual end of season prize giving.
Special mention to Ava Hughes who was 2nd girl in 12-13 years category, Iona
Jamieson who was 1st girl 14-15 years category, and 1st girl overall. Pauline McAdam 3rd female vet 60, John Tullie
2nd male vet 60 and Rory Anderson 1st male overall from a host club.
The harriers will enjoy their Presentation Night and End of Season
Celebration Bash on Friday 13th March. Next outings are the British Masters on
Saturday 14th March and the National Road Relays on Saturday 21st
A week ago today (Friday 6th March) 287 enthused children descended on Wilton Lodge Park to compete in the 9th annual Teviotdale Harriers Primary & High School Cross Country Championships. The weather was on the Harriers side after the event was forced to rescheduled due to the endless wind and rain over the past weeks, but the morning of the 6th there was a glimmer of sun and gentle breeze, perfect conditions to tackle the 1850m Wilton Lodge Park course.
Course set out, marshals placed, primary 6
& 7 girls lined up at the start, it was time for the first race to get
underway. The welcome sound of the whistle unleashed the eager 142 girls into
the challenging cross-country trail which weaved it way through the beautiful
park Hawick has to offer. The highly
competitive field jostled for position over the first few hundred meters before
settling down into the race. Over the
first half of the race all pupils were tightly bunched together, however it was
pupils from Trinity, Denholm & Drumlanrig who looked to stretch away from
the field and create a smaller group fighting for the top spots. As the race
developed it was Trinity duo Millie Scott and Emily Hush who jostled for the
gold medal spot with the Denholm trio of Emily Robinson, Hannah Craig and Charlotte
Robinson closely behind. With little under 200m to go Scott of Trinity made the
last push for the finish line and was able to claim Gold for Trinity School.
Emily Hush finished strongly in the silver medal position with Emily Robison
wining the bronze after a spectacular sprint with her Denholm School team
mates. Millie Scott (Trinity) finishing
time was a superb 8:49minutes, 2nd Emily Hush (Trinity) 8:51 and 3rd
Emily Robinson (Trinity) 9:07minutes.
after all the girls had completed the gruelling course it was the chance for
the boys of primary 6 and 7 to excel themselves over the same distance. As with
the girls race the 124 boys from 7 schools within the Hawick region donned
their trainers and took their marks. The boys quickly gathered speed into the
first bend being cheered on by the girls who had recovered from their
exertions. It was Taylor Watson, Seth Elliot, Josh Wight and Dion Law who
emerged as the front group after the first quarter mile and no one was willing
the take their foot of the gas with the prizes on offer. However, Drumlanrig
pupils Law and Wight began to work with each other and on the short climb
towards the mid-way point made a decisive break. Dion had an extremely strong
sprint to secure gold for Drumlanrig in a time of 7.56minutes, Josh Wight just
behind in 2nd 8:00 and Seth Elliot of Denholm 3rd 8:09.
conclude with the Primary School event the presentation was held at the iconic
bandstand with all school parties being greatly praised for the effort and
commitment on the day.
winners of the girl team prizes were Trinity, the five counters were Millie
Scott, Emily Hush, Niamh Dickson, Carra Mcleod and Rose McCluskey.
were to secure the boys team prize with Dion Law, Josh Wight, Liam Gourlay,
Lewis Cook and Reilly Lambert.
combined team prize also returned to Drumlanrig School with the boy’s names
mentioned above and also Mackenzie Grudge, Bethany Brown, Rowan Tully, Sarah
Mcleod, Tamzin Yule.
the third and final race of the day, it was the turn of the 21 High School kids
that had put their name down to compete in the 2020 S1 & S2 Cross Country
Championship. Although numbers were down on previous years the runners who took
part were of the highest of standards. The combined races made for an exciting
start, Boyd Hughes forcing the pace, Irvine Welsh hot on his heels with Charles
Mckay settling down in the bronze medal position. In the girls race it was very
tight for the top spots with Ava Hughes, Jessica Smith, Ellie Benstead, Chelsey
Aitkens and Leah Brown all grouped together. As the High School Championship
headed towards the later stages of the race Irvine Welsh (a previous winner) overtook
Boyd Hughes and darted his way up the riverside finishing 1st in a
time of 7:10. B. Hughes held on for 2nd 8:10 with a fast finishing
Charles Mckay 3rd 8:17.
the girls race it was another previous winner Ava Hughes who finished strongly
in 1st 8:22, 2nd Jessica Smith 8:31 & 3rd
Ellie Benstead 8:34.
Harriers would like to thank everyone who attended the 9th Primary Schools
Cross Country Championship, including all volunteers who helped on the day,
Hawick Waverly football club for the use of their changing rooms, the park
green keepers for use of the changing pavilion, Keith Jonhson for use of
gazebos and of course Live Borders Paul Scott who communicates with the schools
to make it happen.
Teviotdale Harriers have junior training on a Wednesday at Teviot
Church on St. George’s Lane 6pm, all kids from Primary 3 onwards welcome to
come and have a try. We cater for all abilities with qualified coaches so please
come along and join the fun.
Teviotdale Harriers descended on Callendar Park, Falkirk on
Saturday for the Lindsay’s Scottish Athletics National Cross-country
Championship 2020. This annual event brings together the country’s top
runners from as far as Stornoway to the Borderlands of Hawick to battle out for
Scottish Athletics top prize.
Irvine Welsh and Glen Jamieson were the first of the Harriers to take up the challenge of the multi terrain, multi weather course in the under 13 boys’ championship. Unfortunately Charles McKay although travelled to the event did not start. Ground conditions had the going of soft to bottomless, understandable giving the storms that had passed over the country in the last few weeks, and the weather gods weren’t on the Harriers sides either on Saturday. As the under 13 duo stepped onto the start line a sudden flurry of sleet and snow made visibility poor and the challenge only greater for the field of 157.
Welsh continued his recent excellent form and with a
gutsy performance crossed the finish line in 32nd place in a time of 12:34.
Jamieson who has yet another year at the under 13 age group finished 147th with
a time of 16:33.
In the under 15 girls’ race, Glens sister Iona , Ava Hughes and Kelly McKay donned the maroon striped vest competing over the two lapped race, Kelly was forced to pull out due to an injury after the first lap. Iona and Ava both running fantastically coped great in the slippy underfoot conditions. Iona finishing with a time of 19:03 placing her 42nd. The Hughes customary sprint was put to good use in the closing stages with several places gained by Ava who finished 84th in a time of 21:13.
The Harriers quartet of Conan Harper, Callum Renwick, Robbie
Welsh and Robert Wood were in the fiercely contested under 15 boys age group.
From the gun Harper latched onto the leader’s group and battled it out with
several national class athletes for the top spots. Conan was able to cross the
tape in 13th place with only 59 seconds splitting the top 13. Renwick was the
2nd of the Harriers home with an exceptionally strong second lap finishing
36th, Welsh who was unable to shake a stitch showed a huge amount of
determination to finish in 137th, one place behind was Wood in 138th.
Times Harper 15:53, Renwick 16:35, Welsh 19:53, Wood 20:36.
Solo Harriers star Maisie Ballantyne was competing alongside
55 girls in the under 17 girls’ race. Maisie was able to settle in the early
stages of the race working with a group of around 10 girls in the middle of the
pack. Towards the final stages of the race the Harrier began to increase her
pace finishing strongly in 31st place with a time of 27:28.
It was then turn of the Senior Women to scamper around the gruelling 10km cross country, an amazing 315 completing the course. Kirsty Hughes was the first of the 3 Harriers home, her recent training regime put together an outstanding performance finishing 215th in a time of 58:15, 4 minutes quicker than her time last year. Ann Aitken and Donna Inglis traded places multiple times on the course but it was Ann who crossed the line first in the 304th, Donna 305th. Their times 1:08:19 & 1:08:42.
9 races complete, thousands of
feet already over the bottomless ground, it was now the turn of 670 Senior Men
to step up and give it their all in the National. The eight Teviotdale Harriers
involved were Rory Anderson, Greg Walker, Alastair Walker, Alan Inglis, Andrew
Gibson, Degsy Scott, Paul Lockie & Derek Ballantyne. To make matters worse
for the Senior Men, half a mile into the race a timely hailstorm passed over
Callendar Park battering a few men into submission and forcing them to pull
out. The 8 hardy Harriers continued on their quest for greatness and Anderson was
first home in 73rd place (40:09), Greg Walker finished 147th
(42:37), Alastair Walker finished 217th (44:36), Inglis 387th
(49:23), Gibson 404th (49:56), Scott 515th (53:27),
Lockie 607th (58:14) and Ballantyne 622nd (59:39).
A massive shout out to all
Harriers spectators who made the journey to Falkirk and cheered Teviotdale
around the course. It truly made a huge difference and you done the club proud.
The Harriers complete their season
on the 7th March at Hawick Moor.
Despite the atrocious and ever worsening weather conditions
a hardy bunch of Teviotdale Harriers congregated at the Museum in Wilton Lodge
Park to compete for the title of Club Champion.
Registration complete, warm ups done, numbers pinned on and it was time
for the business of running. The
Championships are one of two races Teviotdale run from ‘scratch’ ie, everyone
starting at the same time, with a ‘sealed’ or ‘secret’ handicap, the results of
which are only revealed after the race.
This means a number of trophies up for grabs. The first across the line
winners and also the handicap winners, giving everyone a goal to reach for and
reinforcing our club’s ethos that everyone is welcome.
An enthusiastic and eager line up of 17 youngsters,
including 5 first-timers Leah Lavery, Grace Levell, Amber Smith, and siblings
Clara and Leonardo Felix headed off on their route through Wilton Lodge
Park. Leaving from the Museum onto the
grass past the new play park, towards the Boer War Memorial, round the
container, down the line of trees to the old tennis courts, over the bridge, on
to the Spetch to cross the Laurie Bridge and speed back to the Museum. Running for the Junior Boys Shield, in the u13
boys category, there was no doubt who the club champion would be, as Irvine
Welsh lead right from the gun all the way back to the finish line, flying along
the Spetch despite the , driving wind and rain, a noisy bunch of spectators
cheered loudly to see Irvine complete this fine run in 5:41. A fantastic effort. One of our 4 Muckle Toon
residents, Glen Jamieson showing great form, placed 2nd in 6:33 and also picked
up the u13 boys sealed handicap for his efforts. In the u11 category, the club champion was
Langholm’s own James Wood. James crossed
the line, second overall, in a time of 6.22, coming in 2nd position
with his time of 6:39 was Ivan Watson while Taylor Watson completed the trio in
6.43. Alfie Walker took 1st
place in the sealed handicap, Ivan Watson 2nd spot and Craig Watson
was 3rd. Sadly there were no u13 girls on the day, but there was plenty of
effort from the six u11 girls, battling the elements as well as each
other. Ruby Watson emerged as the u11
girls champion to secure the Taylor Trophy.
Ruby’s time was 7:22, close on her heels to secure 2nd place
and finishing in 7:25 was Niamh Dickson, with Leah Lavery, on her debut race, 3rd
in 7:47. Well done girls. The sealed handicap placings were as follows,
1st Leah Lavery, 2nd Niamh Dickson and 3rd
despite a fall in the mud, Freya Walker.
Next it was the turn of the u15/17 boys and girls and also
senior men and women. This is the second
of the two races where the women and u15/u17s return to their original distance
and route. Taking off along the avenue and out of the park gates to head up
Wilton Park Road, on approaching the steps into the Violet Woods, Conan Harper
was in the lead for the boys, Ava Hughes lead girl, and Lauren Corbett lead
woman, these positions remained to the finish line to see Conan win the BM
Trophy in 14:50, with Calum Renwick 2nd in 15:58 and Robert Wood,
our 4th runner from Langholm 3rd in 18:17. Ava crossed in 19:33 to claim the Susan
Catherine Birch Memorial Cup. Lauren Corbett
secured the Borthwick Trophy with her time of 19:14, Kirsty was 2nd
in 19:21 and Ann Aitken placed 3rd in 22:25. Within the sealed handicap 1st
placed was Kirsty Hughes, 2nd Lorna Walker and 3rd Ann
Leaving at the same time but in the opposite direction to
cover their route up to Wilton Burn, over the fields to Highchesters, along the
riverside to the Joogly Bridge, back to Martins Bridge, down the A7, past the
Cauld, through the park gates and up the avenue, this was a toughie first race
for both Tim Hatton and Liam Gibson.
Undetered they set off in a group of 9 senior men on their epic
journey. A dedicated bunch of spectators
braved the elements and positioned themselves around the course to cheer the
men on. Those at the museum waited to see
who would be first down the A7 and soon witnessed Rory Anderson speed by to take
the title of club champion, securing his claim on the Campbell Trophy in a time
of 42:24, next to cross the line was Greg Walker in 46:23 then Scott Watson in
48:17. The sealed handicap revealed
Scott Watson in 1st place, 2nd place Alan Inglis and 3rd
place Derek Scott.
The next race for the harriers will be the Scottish National
Cross Country Championships at Falkirk on Saturday 22nd February.
The athletics club for Hawick and area since 1889.