Gierjotowicz on the run to gain gold at Jed festival

Jedburgh, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27 Oct 2013 : 'Jedburgh Running Festival'Athletes compete in windy autumn conditions  of the Scottish Borders.'Massed start, 10k and Half Marathon entrants '(Photo by  Rob Gray � 2013)
Jedburgh, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27 Oct 2013 : 'Jedburgh Running Festival'Athletes compete in windy autumn conditions of the Scottish Borders.'Massed start, 10k and Half Marathon entrants '(Photo by Rob Gray � 2013)

Runners, riders and even dog joggers converged in and around Jedburgh on Sunday for what was once again a highly successful running festival.

Patryk Gierjotowicz (1.11.55), running for Hunters Bog Trotters went one better than his second place last year to claim the half marathon prize in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 55 seconds.

Local prizes for runners who lives in the TD8 postal area went to Andrew Duncan (1.36.38) and Joanne Gilfillan (1.43.00).

In the Three Peaks Ultra Marathon, Neil McNicol took first place in five hours, 24 minutes and 20 seconds, and achieved a new course record, beating last year’s time of 5.34.23. In second place, Duncan Oakes (5.37.21) also came one place higher and knocked almost eight minutes of his 2012 time.

Trophies and winners’ cheques were presented by Ruth Davidson MSP, who also started both the half marathon and 10k races.

Melrose rugby legend Doddie Weir started the wheelchair and hand cycle events at Bonjedward.

Some brave souls from Gala Harriers decided to double up and follow their national cross country outing on Saturday (see page 83 for details) with a 10k or a half marathon on the roads on Sunday.

In the longer event, Graham Manczak took an impressive 17th place in 1.15.07 with Colin McCall on his heels in 1.15.10. Keith King put in an excellent time of 1.40.42 and Dawn Grant was as consistent as always in 1.52.10.

Over the 10k, Billy McCulloch (41.37) outsprinted Dave Nightingale (41.42). while Tim Howel (45.22) Nicola Porterfield (46.46), Gina Allen (49.59), Alister Monro (50.19) and Susan Howel (1.03.31) all finished strongly. More results at www.jedburghhalfmarathon.org.uk