Cross country series reaches its conclusion
It may have been Valentine's Day, with love in the air, but there was also, unfortunately, a cold wind, sleet and a fair bit of snow in the Galashiels air to greet runners for the Borders XC final leg and presentation last Sunday.
However, neither the snow nor the icy conditions deterred the juniors one little bit, least of all Callum Tharme, from Duns, who stormed round the course in 10.31 to win the boys’ race for host club, Gala Harriers.
Callum was, however, chased right to the line by club-mate Faisal Khursheed who finished a mere hair’s breadth behind in 10.32 so making it a well-deserved one-two for the host club and coaches, Graham Capper and Neil Renton.
Moreover, not only did Callum win the race, he also won the series trophy for First Junior Boy.
In the girls’ race it was Mairi Wallace of Moorfoot Runners who took first place in 11.54, with Edinburgh Athletic Club’s Emma Johnson taking second spot (12.12).
In the senior men’s race it was the extremely in-form Donald Macaulay of Corstorphine AAC who, once again, showed the field a clean pair of heels to win in 23.12, with second spot going to Andrew Gilmore of Carnethy (23.58).
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Corstorphine also took the spoils in the senior ladies’ race, with Kirstian MacRuary crossing the line in 27.35, almost a full minute in front of Gala Harriers’ Kirstin Maxwell (28.21).
First home for the somewhat depleted Tweed Striders was Nathan Cox in 28.04. Nathan showed huge courage and determination to complete the race whilst running on a hitherto undiagnosed stress fracture in his foot, and his run secured him a very well-deserved second place overall – and series trophy – in the junior male category.
Next to finish for Tweed Striders was Will Davidson, who put in a super run to finish in 30.13. He was followed over the line by Mike Bell (32.12), Stuart Birkett (32.45), Colin Thompson (36.21) and Judith Thompson, who took an amazing five minutes off her 2015 time to finish in 48.44.
Full race results and category winners are available on www.bordersxc.com