Borderers do like to be beside the seaside

FALKIRK, SCOTLAND - APRIL 6th: Pictured: (L-R) Senior Women's winners, Katie Bristow (2nd), Fiona Rudkin (1st), Lesley Chisholm (3rd), Kirstin Maxwell (4th) and Provost Pat Reid. The 48th Round The Houses race, Grangemouth, 6th April 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Faulds)
FALKIRK, SCOTLAND - APRIL 6th: Pictured: (L-R) Senior Women's winners, Katie Bristow (2nd), Fiona Rudkin (1st), Lesley Chisholm (3rd), Kirstin Maxwell (4th) and Provost Pat Reid. The 48th Round The Houses race, Grangemouth, 6th April 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Faulds)
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The sixth round in the Borders Winter Cross Country series took Gala Harriers to the not-so-sunny seaside.

Whitesands, near Dunbar, provided a fast, flat route following coastal trails and sandy shorelines under grey skies and cool temperatures.

Thirty-three club juniors consolidated their individual and team standings with spirited runs from all, especially those who held onto the top three in their age categories. Race winner Callum Tharme finished in 13 minutes and 31 seconds. Jamie Logan (13.43), Andrew Hogg (13.52), Gregor Collins (14.44), Ruaridh Woodland-Broome (15.21), Katie Rourke (15.24), Rhiannon Fagan (16.16), Iain Houston (16.35) and Elena Hege (17.17) all finished in first, second or third in their age groups and set themselves up well for the final leg in two weeks.

Gavin Bryson (26.33) led home the Gala challenge in the senior race which attracted 163 athletes, finishing in a grand fifth place overall and first in his category.

Strong runs came from every one of the 18 seniors competing, with Kirstin Maxwell (28.53), Fiona Dalgleish (30.41), Chrys Murphy (31.08), Rachel Fagan (32.36) and Eileen Maxwell (36.09) scoring highly in their age groups as they go into the final round. (Results on the Norham Running Club website.)

The previous weekend, Gala Harrier seniors had competed alongside their Team Borders junior counterparts at the East District Cross Country League at Broxburn and both ladies’, men’s and masters teams put in solid efforts to come in sixth, fifth and fourth respectively at the end of their three league meetings.

Kirstin Maxwell and Darrell Hastie were the first home for the Harriers in their events. (All results on scottish athletics website.)

And the habit of back-to-back competition goes on, with Fergus Johnston doubling up for his club in Broxburn and in the gruelling Feel the Burns hill race the following day, leading his clubmates home in fifth place in 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Fiona Dalgleish put in a stunning performance as the first woman in 2.05. 53, with 15 other Harriers enjoying the crisp conditions. (All results on the Scottish Hill Running website.)