Athletics - Norham Runners well represented at Dunbar

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THE second round of the Borders Cross Country series took place last Sunday at Dunbar.

Another huge number of runners took part with the start delayed by 35 minutes to allow the record field of 224 finishers to register. Conditions were great for running with brilliant sunshine and a biting cold wind on the 4.27 mile course along the White Sands beach and dunes.

Norham Running Club had another large representation with eight members taking part. First Norham runner was Bill Pickett, making a welcome return to form, finishing 44th in 29 minutes and 41 seconds narrowly ahead of club rival Tim McCall who was 52nd in 30.15.

There were a number of impressive runs from the rest of the Norham runners with Craig Rutherford 81st in 31.33, Euan Walker 87th in 31.57, Les Turnbull 105th in 32.62, Rob Stankiewicz 125th in 34.05, Allan Macaulay 168th in 37.17 and John Pigg 183rd in 38.52.

The next round of the series takes place at Peebles on Sunday 2nd December. The previous Saturday Bill Pickett and Rob Stankiewicz travelled to Symington in Lanarkshire for what was the last major Scottish hill race of the year, the Tinto Hill race.

This was another race which attracted record numbers with 295 runners taking part. Bill Pickett finished 51st in 41.08 and Rob Stankiewicz 121st in 46.11. Brian Finnie was 184th out of 532 runners in the Town Moor 10K at Newcastle finishing in a time of 44.06.

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