Tweed Striders defy horrendous conditions to compete in first cross country run
Sunday saw the start of the 2016-17 Borders Cross Country Series with the first leg hosted by Lauderdale Limpers.
While the organisation was, as usual, exemplary, the weather was truly horrid.
Undeterred, 124 intrepid juniors lined up on the start line with Gala Harriers’ Yousuf Khursheed making light of the sticky conditions and torrential sleety showers to finish first boy in 11.33.
First girl in 13.14 was Emma Johnson of Edinburgh Athletic Club.
Conditions did not improve for the 261 equally intrepid senior runners. Alexander Chepelin of Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds brought the field home in a good 25.30, with Georgia Tindley of Hunters Bog Trotters taking the first lady spot in 30.39.
Christian Young was the first Tweed Strider to finish in 32.29. He was followed by Paul Trotter (34.27), Will Davidson (35.44), Stuart Birkett (36.11), Steve Flook (36.21), Melanie Ellis (first lady 37.44), Mike Bell (38.38), Paul Graham (43.49), Julia Keddie (45.10), Ceri Leather (46.03), Karen Bagley (52.20) and Gill Brownlie (54.19).
The Borders Cross Country Series has a policy of supporting worthy local causes. This year it was the turn of the Borders Search and Rescue Unit to benefit so, in between junior and senior races, representatives were presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Caroline McDermott, chairwoman of the committee.
As a gesture of thanks, BSARU’s Alistair McDonald (29.09), Damon Rodwell (29.26), John Harrision (37.26), Peter Gibson (38.35), Bob McKeand (39.11) and Angie Kinghorn (44.07) all braved the deplorable weather to take part.
As runners in Lauder were slip-sliding uphill, downhill and through swathes of mud, some 30 miles to the north in Edinburgh Richard Cox enjoyed slightly more favourable conditions when he ran in the Men’s Health 10k.
Christian Young was also in action the day before in the first of the three trail races which comprise the FoxTrail 5k Series. Young put in a superb run to take a very well deserved second place in 21.30.