The Harriers made the annual pilgrimage to Cumbernauld Park for the National Cross Country Relays on Saturday where they represented a huge range of age groups and categories
Top of the pile were the Masters women A team who secured the gold medal with a stunning trio of races from Fiona Dalgleish (17 minutes and 9 seconds) Rachel Fagan (18.14) and Kate Jenkins (17.29). Good performances also came from the masters B team, consisting of Anya Campbell (17.58) Dawn Grant (20.07) and Fiona Shepherd (18.52).
The men’s masters team, which was Gala’s ‘C’ team of Alan Johnston (17.53) Derrick Brydon (18.21) Billy McCulloch (17.47) and Rory Campbell (17.36) have something to build on as the season progresses.
The club fielded two teams in the Senior men’s category, with the ‘A’ team of Colin Welsh (16.01) Graeme Murdoch (14.25) Wayne Mackintosh (15.19) and Fergus Johnston (14.29) almost finishing in the top half, while David Moffat (15.50) Andrew Laurie (15.29) Ian Maxwell (16.56) and Mark Bryson (16.22) as the ‘B’ team finished 43rd from 48 teams. And in the same category, the Senior women’s ‘C’ team, Kirstin Maxwell (16.13) Nicola Porterfield (18.24) and Eileen Maxwell (20.22) came in 27th out of 56, while the valiant Shelagh King, the sole member of the ‘D’ team ran out of partners but completed the course in 25.11.
In the Junior races, teams are made up of one representative from each of the three age categories, under 13, 15 and 17 years. The Gala Young Males A team was a Bryson sandwich with younger brother Kieran (11.43) and older Gavin (9.25) on each side of Jamie Logan (10.33). The ‘B’ team consisted of Ryan Goudie (13.03) Yousuf Khursheed (11.56) and Thomas Otton (9.29) and the third team also featured two brothers, with Inness Campbell (13.03), Corri Campbell (10.40) and Jason McIntosh (9.43) finishing just ahead of the ‘B’ team.
The Young females ‘B’ team just pipped the ‘A’ team by two places with the honours going to Eilidh Forbes (13.01) Lindsay Jack (12.02) and Katie Rourke (11.50). The return of Susannah Godfrey-Fawcett wasn’t quite enough to catch them but she had a fine run in 11.16, following on from Rhiannon Fagan (12.25) and Elena Heger (13.16).
The previous weekend, Anne Purves had travelled to Aviemore for the half marathon there and completed in 2 hours 28 minutes.
Next up for the Harriers is the start of the Borders Winter Cross Country series taking place on Sunday at Lauder, juniors at 11.30am, seniors at 12 noon.
Selkirk Fund Runners
The next “Feel The Burns” race will be held on Sunday, January 18 2015.
Last year entries were close to the 200 mark and organisers wish to keep it to that this time round and are asking people not to leave it too late to enter. Updates on numbers will be on the Selkirk Fund Runners Facebook page. Call Sheila Cochrane on 0777 641 3725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Lauder Bowling Club’s Presentation Night is to be held on Saturday, 15 November (7pm for 7.30pm) within the clubhouse.
Tickets are priced at £5 which covers hot food and a free drink. There will also be entertainment laid on. Any member interested in attending should put their name on the notice board within the club or contact a member of the committee.
A very successful Ladies Challenge took place last week with 16 rinks in contention and some very competitive curling in evidence. Once the fur, feathers, snow and dust had settled the high road final was between June Swan and Marion Pate with the win being made by Marion at 6-1. The Low road was between the high power rink skipped by Kerry Barr going 12-2 over local girls skipped by Fiona Hodge.
In the Agrii Border League last week’s Section A games ended with Glendale at 9-5 versus Greenlaw, and St Boswells keeping Ayton Castle at bay 7-1. In Section B the duck-breakers’ game had Swinton winning 8-5 over Lauderdale and Roxburghe just shading Earlston 7-6.
The Auld Yins League is now in full swing with Malcolm Ross heading the table.
Tour de Lauder
The Scottish Institute of Fundraising have declared the Tour de Lauder Committee the Fundraising Group of the Year at their annual awards ceremony.
The Tour de Lauder is a challenging cycling event through the Borders which began in 2011 and raises funds in memory of Steve Cully for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland. The event has gone from strength to strength with over 480 people taking part this year. In total the event has raised over £62,000 in three years.
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubhouse on Monday, December 1 at 7.30pm.
Any business to be discussed must be received by the Secretary in writing not later than 14 days before the meeting.
Finlay Campbell, Fraser Lothian and Lily Towers (Team Mighty Minto) played in the ClubGolf Junior Masters at Blairgowrie, where the Junior Ryder Cup had been played, recently.
Playing alongside Megan Briggs, a former Scottish Ladies Champion and SGU elite academy player, the team acquitted themselves well over the difficult championship course. They earned Megan’s praise who said: “I have had a lot of fun with my team today and they played really well.”
Seniors’ League: 1, R. Johnson 36 points; 2, A. Legge 34; 3=, S. Mather, R. Hill 33.
Minto Senior Gents held their AGM and annual dinner at which the two Seniors’ trophies were presented to Tam Glendinning. Tam has been the brightest star in the Senior Gents’ firmament this year, winning both the McKinnon Cup and the Summer Stableford League. The meeting paid tribute to the work of Pim McDonnell, the retiring convenor, and welcomed the convenor-elect, Michael McFarlane.
Anne Carter scored a fine hole in one during a Minto Ladies’ outing to the Woll Golf course recently. Using her five wood on the par three fifth, Anne hit a remarkable shot which had a sparkling effect on a dreich day. Minto Golf Club celebrated the achievements of its 2014 trophy winners at the Annual Prize Giving at the club.
The player with the most silverware to collect was Lynn Bruce who has had a stunning season, winning seven competitions in all.
In the process Lynn also reduced her handicap enough to enter the silver division from the bronze and won the prize for the most points in Silver Medal competitions.
Cherry Thom collected three trophies, for the Ladies’ championship, the David Marchbanks competition and the Past Captains’ competition, whilst Marilyn Adams, Carole Allott, Margaret Bland, Mary Glendinning, Anne Paterson, Karen Telfer and Mary Towers each collected two.
From the Gents’ Section, amongst the winners of multiple competitions who attended to collect their prizes were: Peter Gibb who won the Fox and Hounds Trophy and the Minto Open; Tam Glendinning who won the Senior McKinnon Cup, the Hole Cup and, with his wife Mary, the Philco Salver; Tom Hartop, winner of the Senior Open Handicap Prize and, with Gill Cartwright, Albert Thompson and Joseph Flynn, the Billy Hughes Memorial Trophy; Stewart Paisley, who won the Club House Trophy and the Stones Silver Salver.
The evening began with amusing presentations by Neil Aitken, a swing pro physio, and Andy Blyth, a psychologist and motivational speaker from the Titleist Performance Institute.
Belhaven Border Pool League (Division One) week seven results: Waverley A 5 Fleece A 7; Fleece B 10 Waverley B 2; Nikis 3 Reivers A 9; Ship A 9 High Level 3.
Division Two: Red Lion A 6 Dryburgh 6; Golden Lion 4 Red Lion B 8; Eildon Centre 5 Ship B 2; Reivers B 5 Bridge 7.
JJ Xpress Border League results (week 7): Hawick Conservative Club B 4 Selkirk A 2; Selkirk B 1 Hawick Conservative Club A 5; Jedburgh Legion 3 Hawick Burns Club B 3; Hawick Burns Club A 3 St Boswells 3.
League positions after seven rounds: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 29; 2, Jed Legion 21; 3, Hawick Burns Club B 21; 4, Hawick Conservative Club B 21; 5, Selkirk B 20; 6, Selkirk A 20; 7, Hawick Burns Club B 19; 8, St Boswells 17.
League Two: D. Sharratt 3 Ruaridh Kohler 0 (9-0, 9-3, 9-7).
Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; R. Kohler 2 F. Dickey 1; D. Sharratt 2 F. Dickey 0; D. Sharratt 2 F. Dickey 1; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 1 R. Kohler 1; F. Dickey 2 R. McAleese 1.