Over 300 runners compete in cross country at Paxton
Norham Running Club welcomed 91 junior runners and 220 senior runners to Paxton House for the fifth leg of the Borders XC Series on Sunday, with all greatly enjoying Les Turnbull's newly revamped courses.
The boys’ race was hotly contended, with Yousuf Khursheed, of Gala Harriers, just pipping Fraser Kelly, of Team East Lothian AC, to the line (10.43 and 10.45 respectively).
Esme Callendar, also of Team East Lothian AC, took the honours in the girls’ race (13.03), just ahead of Gala Harriers’ Eilidh Forbes (13.17).
First and second place in the seniors’ race went to Andy Fallas, of Carnethy Hill Racing Club, (22.22), and Julian Barrable, of Corstorphine AAC, (22.56), with the first two ladies to cross the line being Jill Stephens, of Hunters Bog Trotters, (26.25) and Kirstin Maxwell, of Gala Harriers, (26.32).
This leg was well represented by Tweed Striders, with 17 members taking part. First home for the club was Nathan Cox (27.22), hotly pursued by Christian Young (27.37).
They were followed by William Davidson (28.53), Rick Davie (29.24), Steven Flook (31.59), Stuart Birkett (32.03), James Blair (33,37), Mike Bell (33.49), David Lauckner (35.14), Will McDermott and Colin Thompson (both 36.10), Paul Graham (37.21), Julia Keddie (37.37), Ceri Leather (37.57), Karen Bagley (43.37), Gill Brownlie (45.13) and Judith Thompson (48.51).
The series moves to Peebles on Sunday, January 29 for the penultimate leg, hosted by Moorfoot Running Club.
Saturday saw Tweed Striders pull on their racing shoes in earnest.
Seventeen travelled up to Edinburgh for what is a popular and well-established fixture on the club calendar – the Great Winter 5k with its one mile slog up Arthur’s Seat, and unlike in previous years, the conditions were very mild.
Bringing the club home in fine style were Richard Cox and Melanie Ellis, who finished in 20.54 (PB) and 21.44 respectively.
They were followed over the line by Steve Dick (24.25 PB), Will McDermott (26.26), Sam Morris (28.15 PB), Donna Bowers (28.18 PB), Caroline McDermott (30.07), Nicola Foggon (30.59), Helen Huntly (31.34 PB), Liz Howlett (32.09), Gill Brownlie (34.10), Judith Thompson (34.39 PB), Laura Robertson and Tracey Dick (both 34.44 PB), Linzi Middlemist (36.44 PB), Lorna Patton (36.45 PB) and Jodie Mace (41.56 PB).
Whilst all ran well, special mention must go to Laura, Tracey, Linzi, Lorna and Jodie as this was their first 5k, and a challenging one to boot, after successful completion of Tweed Striders’ autumn walk-jog programme.