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Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships

GOLD MEDAL FOR JIM AT THE MASTERS

Saturday 28th January saw the Teviotdale Harriers head north to Dundee to compete in the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships. The ten men and one woman squad with a combined age of over 550 years, along with a hearty bunch of spectators left a cold and misty Hawick early on Saturday morning to make their way to their venue at Camperdown Park, Dundee.

There are two races run on the day, the first being the combined race of Women over 40 and Men over 65 on a 2 lap, 6,000 metre course. Teviotdale had 3 runners in this event. Donna Inglis F50+ category, Frank Birch M70+ category and previous silver medalist at both the Scottish and British Masters Cross Country Championships, Jim Pittillo in the M80+ category.

Running in damp, misty, drizzly conditions, first home was Donna Inglis in a time of 36.04. Next was Jim Pittillo in a time of 38.18, well ahead of the competition to take not a silver medal this time, but the gold medal, much to the delight of all the team. Frank Birch on his first outing to the Masters, completed in 38.57. Well Done Jim!

Then it was the turn of the Men 45 – 65 years. With the temperature taking a dip and sleet beginning to fall, an amazing 295 competitors lined up for this race. Teviotdale fielded 8 competitors – Craig Grieve M45+, Alister Walker M60+, Andrew Goodair M45+, Alan Inglis M45+, Alister Biggar M45+, Alan Coltman M50+, Paul Lockie M50+. Running a 3 lap course covering 8,000m first home for the club was Craig Grieve in 32.38, next in was Alister Walker, 4th in the over 60 category with a time of 33.17, Andy Goodair followed in 33.38, then Alan Inglis in 34.57, Alister Biggar completed in 36.43, Alan Coltman in 41.45 and Paul Lockie in 42.09.

Dry clothes on, tent and banner taken down and packed away, all headed to the Ardler Centre for the presentation of medals. A loud cheer went up when Jim received his well earned gold medal. Celebrations began on the minibus home with various delights being shared out, then continued with a visit to Wetherspoons, Hawick for tea and some refreshments.

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New Year’s Day Run

A total of 30 runners whos ages ranged from 5 to 83 years old as well as a few well wishers met on New Year’s Day to take part in the annual social run, although the weather was cold and underfoot conditions were tricky, spirits were high and everyone had a great time. At 10.30 am the ladies and mens captains (kirsty and Bruce Hughes) led the charge from the clubrooms over the James Thomson Bridge, through Wilton Lodge Park (where they were joined by Brian Gibb), up Wilton Burn and over the fields to Martin’s Bridge, they then regrouped on the Fisherman’s Walk to observe a minute’s silence in remembrance of Past Harriers sadly no longer with us. Next, a very muddy route back to Buccleuch Lane then through the park to finish at the clubrooms.

Report by Alex Corbett.

Menzies Races

Teviotdale Harriers held their annual Menzies Race on Saturday past. A total of 43 runners lined up on this bright but chilly afternoon. First away were the youngsters and it was a Jamieson double act as siblings Iona and Glen both took 1st place in their respective races. Iona in 8.07, 2nd Ava Hughes in 8.50. Fastest actual time Iona Jamieson. Glen took his 1st place in 8.09, 2nd Harrison Hughes 8.11, 3rd Craig Watson also 8.11. Fastest actual time Conan Harper. All junior times include handicaps.

The men, women and u15/17 boys and girls then lined up together outside the park gates for their sealed handicapped competition, following a route through the park, round Martin’s Bridge and down the A7. In the U15 boys race the winner was Fraser Clyne in 17.54, 2nd Jai Patterson 21.53, 3rd Euan Welsh in 25.08. Handicap winners 1st Jai Patterson, 2nd Euan Welsh. In the U15/17 girls & ladies race victory went to Michelle Short in 20.35, 2nd Lauren Corbett 21.06, 3rd Lucy Ash 22.13. Handicap winners 1st Kirsty Hughes, 2nd Lauren Corbett, 3rd Pam Paxton.

Joining the men on their route through the park, Martin’s Bridge, Joogly Bridge, Branxholme Bridge then down the A7 to the High School was Stewart Barker on a visit back home. Stewart later tweeted his thanks and enjoyment at being associated with the club for the day. Brian Harper, dad of Conan and Andrew McEwan were also running for the first time for the club. Results were as follows, 1st Rory Anderson 25.33, 2nd Scott Watson 27.02, 3rd Andy Goodair 27.38. Handicap winners 1st Andy Goodair, 2nd Alan Coltman, 3rd Brian Gibb.

Please see Alex’s photos HERE

East District Cross Country Championships, Aberdeen

Five hardy harriers took the long drive north to Aberdeen on Saturday 3rd December for the East District Cross Country Championships. Held at Aberdeen University’s Balgownie Playing Fields, first impressions suggested a flat course but concealed within the surrounding woodlands were a couple of long steep climbs. Early on, two deer disturbed by all the activity made an unexpected appearance across the far side of the course which was a bit of a surprise for spectators. Continue reading East District Cross Country Championships, Aberdeen

East District Cross Country Relays

East District Cross Country Relays – Livingston

Cross Country started proper last Saturday for Teviotdale Harriers with the East District Relays at Livingston. Although the first weekend of the Borders autumn holiday the club managed to field 13 competitors making up 3 full teams, one incomplete and one individual runner. Also present were Teviotdale’s Alan and Doug Carruthers and Rachel Halliday in their roles as official timekeepers for Scottish Athletics.

A warm and sunny day awaited the runners on arrival at Dechmont Law, a perfect start for Maisie Ballantyne’s first run in a championship race as part of the girls’ team. All 3 girls ran their 2,500m course consistently with only seconds between them. Maisie ran the u13 leg in 11.43, Lucy Ash completed the u15 leg in 11.31, then Ishbel Inglis u17 leg in 11.33. Overall team position 25th. The girls then moved to the sidelines to watch and cheer on fellow clubmate Harrison Hughes. Well done to Harrison as our only junior boy competing in the boys u13 leg over the same distance. Harrison ran relaxed but determined and crossed the line in 11.43.

Next up were the ladies on their 4,000m route. First away was Lauren Corbett crossing the line in a time of 17.54, next up Ladies Captain Kirsty Hughes, completing her leg in 20.20, and Donna Inglis on the final leg 21.19. Overall team position 36th.

Last race of the day was the senior men’s event covering the same route and distance as the ladies. Teviotdale had one full team in Greg Walker, Scott Watson, Andy Goodair and Alan Inglis. Also competing were Andrew Gibson and Alister Biggar. First leg runner Greg Walker finished in 14.05, 2nd leg Scott Watson in 14.50, 3rd leg wearing the red number Andy Goodair in 15.47 and final leg Alan Inglis in 16.16. Overall team position 34th. Andrew Gibson also ran first leg finishing in 17.27 with team mate Alister Biggar completing the 2nd leg in 17.11.

Next outing for Teviotdale Harriers is to Stirling on Saturday 15th October 2016 for East District League Race 1.

See Alex Corbett’s photographs HERE