Floors Castle attracts record numbers to Crawlers event

AS PART of the town’s Civic Week celebrations, Kelso Crawlers held their fourth 10km race last Sunday, sponsored by Aptek.

The event was once again held in the grounds of Floors Castle and a record 176 runners completed the course.

Despite the torrential rain in the previous 24 hours, the race went ahead in mainly dry conditions, although a distant rumble of thunder could occasionally be heard.

As well as some well-recognised local runners, there were athletes from further afield, including Switzerland and South Africa.

Feedback from competitors has once again been very positive and the event goes from strength to strength each year.

First home in the male open event was Bill Murphy from Harmeny Athletics Club in 37.18, followed by William Garrick, 2nd Scots; and Charles Hutchison from Hunters Bog Trotters.

First female was Jenny Close in 42.45, followed by Kirsti Thomson from Lauderdale Limpers and Susie Hannah from Lothian Running Club.

In the male veteran category, Willie Jarvie from Portobello Running Club was first home in 38.09 followed by Robert Watson, Musselburgh and Jim Cooper, Springburn Harriers. First female veteran was Gala Harriers’ Gillian Duncan in a time of 43.42, followed by Karen Jervis and Marianne Niemack from Switzerland.

The team prize went to Gala Harriers.

Kelso Crawlers would like to thank all entrants, marshalls, Kelso Rugby Club, Aptek and Hogarths for supporting this event.

They also wish to thank the Duke of Roxburghe for granting permission to use the fabulous setting that is Floors Castle.

For full results go to www.kelsocrawlers.org.uk