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A week ago last Saturday, several current and former Gala Harriers swapped their trainers for cleats and joined the near 500 cyclists who participated in the Tour de Lauder in its third year.

Fiona Shepherd, Dave Nightingale, Tony Westbury, Gillian Bryson, Anne Weir, Anya Campbell, Graham Capper, Robin Murray, Laura Howie, Anna White, Julie Cleghorn, Julie Anderson, Lee Watson and Tina Hulton conquered the various windy summits over either 50 or 89 miles to contribute to the total of over £23,000 raised for the Steve Cully Tribute Fund.

The next day, it was back to the usual business on the roads for other Harriers who travelled to Edinburgh for the first BUPA Great Edinburgh 10-mile Run. Dianne Lauder was competing against fellow internationalists in the Elite women’s race and finished fifth in 1 hour, two minutes and 27 seconds. Also mastering the hilly route was Nicola Porterfield (1.13.35) Arlene Botha (1.16.46) Alister Munro (1.20.32) Claire Knill (1.34.56) and Anne Purves (1.57.54).

And 24 hours on, the club’s own handicapped Hollybush 10km race took place in cool conditions which nevertheless squeezed some excellent times from the first dozen runners, who all beat their handicap predictions. First home was Lynne Taylor (50 minutes) with Dawn Grant (43.58) and Andrea Pogson (45.43) next over the line.

Kelso’s Daryl Hastie claimed the inaugural Rowan Boland Memorial Trust 10km race last Friday night.

In total, more than 250 people took part in the junior, 5k and 10k events on a perfect evening, helping to raise hundreds of pounds for the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.

It was the fourth year that the event - based at Gala Cricket Club and organised with Gala Harriers - was held, and it appears to be growing in popularity judging by the numbers taking part this year.

All races were started by Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania, while new Braw Lad Gavin Young and Braw Lass Alice MacKay were in attendance to show their support.