Harriers off to a great start in cross-country

PC Dianne Lauder who is to be among the police runners escorting the Queen's baton for commonwealth games around Scotland.

PC Dianne Lauder who is to be among the police runners escorting the Queen's baton for commonwealth games around Scotland.

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A bright, breezy and mild morning greeted the 354 runners who raced to Lauder on Sunday to get the best parking places for the inaugural race of the 2014/15 Borders Winter Cross Country series.

Steep hill climbs, burn crossings, mud and slippery ups and downs welcomed the 91 junior and an amazing 263 senior runners from across the Borders and further afield in the first of the six-event programme running from November to February.

Gala Harriers’ youngsters were out in force and 31 of them enjoyed the Lauderdale hills, ensuring that a good sprinkling of green and white vests featured strongly throughout the field.

Of special note were Jamie Logan (12 minutes and eight seconds) Callum Thane (12.15) and Corri Campbell (12.17) who worked well together and came in second, third and fourth in their boys’ 14/15 age category. For the girls, Katie Rourke (13.54) was the second girl home and first in the same girls’ age category. Also finishing first in their aged 10/11 categories with impressive runs were Gregor Collins (13.10) and Harriet Woodland-Broome (14.57)

Forty senior Harriers also ran well and the Gala contingent were led home by Graham Manczak (27.47), who always enjoys this series, taking almost a minute off last year’s time.

Dianne Lauder (29.27) stormed home in second place in her category and second overall woman. All results can be found on the Borders Winter series Cross country page via the Norham Running Club website.

As usual, Lauderdale Limpers Running Club should be commended for the smooth efficiency and organisation of the first leg of the series.

Just a few days beforehand, two Gala Harrier women took to the streets of Dublin for the marathon there.

Margot Crosbie’s time of 3.41.06 gave her eighth place in her supervet age group and Eileen Nicol notched up yet another creditable time of 4.05.27.

Upcoming date: Gala Harriers’ Hollybush-Boleside cross country handicap and club championships on Saturday, November 8, followed by the annual Presentation Night at 7pm the Royal British Legion, with a talk on Sports Nutrition by Tess Capper, and musical entertainment too.