Harriers enjoy new home for club’s annual races

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Last year, with the closure of the Black Path, Gala Harriers took the decision to relocate their annual 3km fun run and 10km open race to the Tweedbank sports complex.

The new route used the residential streets, the loch and athletic track itself.

It was so successful, the club decided to keep the route for this year and on a warm and breezy Sunday, the junior race attracted 54 young runners and the senior one 68, with a huge turnout from the local club.

In the 3km race, Gala Harrier Jamie Logan went one better than his second place last year and took the gold medal in 8 minutes and 32 seconds, with Corri Campbell taking a well-deserved second place in 8.53, just beating his fellow Team Borders member from Chirnside Chasers, Jamie Kinghorn (9.00), into a gallant third.

For the girls, Gala’s Rhiannon Fagan, third last year, came out on top this time in an impressive 9.07, beating Teviotdale’s Ishbel Inglis into second place (9.21) with Gala’s Eilidh Forbes (10.37) taking a sprightly third position.

All results for junior and senior races will be posted on the Harriers’ website.

The senior event attracted runners from across the Borders and various Edinburgh clubs, with the honours going to Gala’s Graeme Murdoch, coming across the line in 34.33, almost a minute in front of Gavin Bryson (35.27) who put in a great race to hold off Portobello’s David Limmer (35.47) in third.

Gala’s Thomas Otton took the male under-20 prize in 37.12, with the veteran prizes going to Gala’s Steve Martin (37.45) in the 40+ and to Mike Andrew (39.54) from Carnethy in the 50+ category.

Dianne Lauder took top podium place for the ladies with her storming run of 37.31, over two minutes ahead of the second-placed Harrier, Kirstin Maxwell, in 39.34 and Hunters Bog Trotter Sarah Louise Macissaac, third in 40.06.

First in the female vet categories were Gala’s Kate Jenkins (40.06) and Kirstin’s mum Eileen in 48.41 in the over 40s and 50s respectively.

Thanks go to all who organised and assisted in the planning and delivery of the race.

Elsewhere, Harriers have been in action in the lowlands and Highlands of Scotland, with Gavin Bryson beating his dad Mark last week in the Penicuik 10km, while Shelagh King was undertaking a challenge of her own in the far north-west of Scotland, comprising a series of 10km, hill, trail, beach and part-marathon races around Durness in Sutherland.