Harriers rush into new year

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On Sunday, the stunning garden landscapes of Paxton House provided the backdrop for the fourth round of the Borders Winter Cross Country series.

Eighty-seven juniors and 183 seniors from across south-east Scotland populated the short but muddy route around the estate, many of whom were Gala Harriers and many of whom had raced the day before in Edinburgh.

Thirty-four Gala juniors ensured that almost half of the young runners were in green and white, with excellent category placings for many, including first-home Jamie Logan, Corri Campbell, Andrew Hogg, Faisal Khursheed, Susannah Godfrey-Faussett, Katie Rourke and Cara Hogg.

The seniors were no less well represented, again with good individual placings for many, notably Fergus Johnston, who was the first Harrier across the line, Dianne Lauder and Chrys Murphy. Complete results can be found on the Borders XC website.

The previous weekend, some hardy souls from the Gala club had braved the Portobello Promathon on New Year’s Day (some entering the sea afterwards!) with the annual over-the-hill Gala to Lauder social run with Lauderdale Limpers on January 2 as a great way to start the athletic year.

The third round of the East District Cross Country League takes place this Saturday at Broxburn.