Hundreds brave the cold to bogie on down to Denholm

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A COLD, but thankfully rain-free Saturday did not deter hundreds of spectators joining the community of Denholm for the third annual Border Bogie Challenge.

Now a major event on the Scottish Cartie Grand Prix circuit, it drew an excellent entry from across the country with some keen racing and the usual array of weird and wonderful bogies.

“This year we had our usual junior event in the morning and it’s the only place in the UK to run a junior cartie event,” said organiser Tony Lockey. “It drew a record entry of 10 and was a great spectacle.

“We also had Will Stevenson, the British street luge champion, and other street luge enthusiasts doing daredevil descents at more than 60km an hour.”

With willing marshalling and logistical help from the Reivers 4x4 Club and the Hawick and Border Car Club, along with support from Scottish Borders Council, the day reached its climax when the prizes and trophies were presented by Michael Moore MP who praised the ingenuity of all the contestants and bogie builders. He had a special word for the junior entrants who all received a medal for taking part.

In the evening, the main marquee bounced to the music of two superb live acts – Celtic rock band Whilypit from Edinburgh and Elvis impersonator Robbie West from Kelso.

Organisers are also grateful to Lochcarron of Scotland which supplied 80 metres of tartan bunting around the Green.

“We were thrilled with the overall entries and the number, well over 1,000, of spectators on the day,” said Tony. “The people of Denholm really made all the visitors and participants feel very welcome.”

After three runs over the hair-raising 1km downhill Dean Road course at the west of the village, winners from the 23 competing bogies were:

Border Bogie Challenge for quickest adult single run – C12, from Chippenham, Wiltshire.

BVAC Engineering Award for speed, agility and grace on the course – Team Alford from Aberdeenshire.

Thomas Crapper Award for engineering and ingenuity – The Fast and the Furious from St Boswells.

Cream Puff Award for the fastest lady downhill – Graham and Carol Kerr (Pist’n Broke) from Galashiels.

Denholm Meet Award for second fastest adult single run – Team Rooket from Irvine.

John Leydon Inspiration award for the fastest junior team over three runs – Night Train from Aberlady and Michelin Man (joint winners).

Jock Borthwick Trophy for best use of recycled materials in a bogie – Quicksilver Cross from Crieff.

Sandy Milligan Trophy for most stylish bogie – Team Dodgy from St Boswells.

Scottish Borders Events Trophy for best bogie of the day – The Fast and the Furious.

Trophy for fastest sidecar bogie – Team Applehead from Uleby, North Lincolnshire.

z The Bogie Race was run in conjunction with the parish of Hobkirk and Southdean with Ruberslaw’s May Fair which was opened by Helen Longmuir. The provisional total raised was more than £3,500 to go towards the refurbishment of Denholm Church.

The Reverend Douglas Nicol offered a huge thank you for the generosity of all who attended.

The Trinity congregation in Hawick triumphed in the It’s a Knock-out competition for local churches, while young Eve Williamson of Denholm Primary School won a family ticket to Jedforest Deer and Farm Centre for raising most money in the contest for local children.