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Gala runners finish league fixtures

Borders athletes took to their marks at Broxburn on Saturday for the last fixture of the East District Cross Country League.

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Runners ascend the Peat Law on the first hill climb of the Feel the Burns route (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Selkirk graced by new course record

The fifth Feel the Burns Hill Race, staged by Selkirk Fund Runners, took place on Sunday and attracted record entries this year – 221 started and 219 finished.

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Previous Point to Point action from Kelso's Friars Haugh (picture by Grace Beresford)

Make a Point of going to Kelso

Point-to-point racing comes under orders at Kelso this Sunday, when the Jedforest hosts the first Scottish fixture of the season at Friars Haugh.

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Selkirk coach Ian Fergus (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Gala FR host Selkirk in rearranged derby

Swift advantage is being taken of a free Saturday tomorrow, with Selkirk FC and Gala Fairydean Rovers playing a rearranged fixture at Netherdale’s 3G pitch, one week after their derby clash was clobbered by the freeze.

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The snow-covered surface which greeted pitch inspectors at Philiphaugh last weekend (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Selkirk near full strength for return to match action

Predicted milder weather should help Selkirk make a quick return to competitive action in BT National League I after last weekend’s snow.

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Iain Moody makes a charge for Melrose in their most recent league game, a 27-10 win over Ayr (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Rose are hoping to savour sweet fragrance of victory

Table-topping Melrose are eager to get back to BT Premiership action on Saturday – but they know a formidable assignment lies ahead.

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Darcy Graham lands Hawick's first try (picture by Stuart Cobley)

Victory gives huge boost to Hawick’s survival chances

Hawick 24

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Gavin Wood breaks through for Melrose Storm at Hamilton (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Melrose 2nds retain title

Melrose Storm are BT National Reserve League Division 1 champions for the second year in succession.

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A typical Kelso race day (picture by Alan Raeburn)

Brothers celebrate Kelso triumph

Hawick brothers Craig and Ryan Nichol were both in winning form at Kelso’s New Year meeting on Sunday.

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Gala Fairydean Rovers, in red, recently enjoyed a 5-1 win over Hawick Royal Albert (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Hibs to play friendly against Gala FR

Scottish Cup holders Hibernian are sending a team to play Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers for the second time this season.

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Selkirk coach Ian Fergus (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

First defeat but manager is proud of Borders spirit

Selkirk gaffer Ian Forbes has collected a complete set of results since his arrival last month, with Saturday’s 3-0 reversal against Hawick RA providing his first taste of defeat.

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Action from Vale of Leithen's game last weekend against Gala Fairydean Rovers, in sky blue (picture by Debi Ritchie)

Another helping of derby football

Borders derby action is continuing this weekend between the quartet of local football clubs in the Lowland League.

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A big Kelso crowd watched last month's Festive Fling (picture by Alan Raeburn)

A new year day at the races in Kelso

New Year racing comes under orders at Kelso on Sunday, when the feature race of another cracking afternoon’s sport is the £25,000 Caledonian Hunt handicap chase.

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Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Dan McFarland meets the media ahead of their game against Munster. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Glasgow’s Euro mission can pave way for Scotland to progress

Glasgow forwards coach Dan McFarland believes that making the breakthrough into the latter stages of European competition more regularly will have a knock-on benefit for the national team.

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Vale of Leithen, in red and white, were sunk late on by Gala Fairydean Rovers (picture by Debi Ritchie)

Gala FR hit back to claim the points in Borders derby

Vale of Leithen 2

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Floral tributes on Swinton village green following the death of three spectators during the Jim Clark Rally

Event’s future looks bleak after MSA blow

There will be no Jim Clark Memorial Rally in 2017 and the very future of the popular motorsport event is now in serious jeopardy.

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Captain Dom Buckley again played a key role for Kelso

Kelso keep on winning trail

GHK 15, Kelso 26

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Chris Weir (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Weir so proud of you, Chris

Gala may have lost their Bookers Border League tussle with Hawick, but the game was very special for one Netherdale player.

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Jed-Forest's Connor Hogg is held up just a yard short of the line (picture by Brian Sutherland)

Big dent in Jed’s promotion dream

Jed-Forest 17, Stewart’s-Melville 25

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Gala Harriers athletes at Edinburgh cross country - left, Faisal Khursheed and Calum Tharme (both U17M)

Gala quartet in Inter-District XC

Four young Gala Harriers athletes donned Scottish vests at the weekend as they represented the East in the Inter-District Cross Country Championships.

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