Knox takes his opportunity

TEVIOTDALE Harriers held their final cross country event of the season (The Cup Races) on Hawick Moor last Saturday.

First run more than 100 years ago, making it the oldest cross country race in the country and the blue riband of the Harriers’ season, the main run of the day was the Teviotdale Harriers Cup. And it was the evergreen Bill Knox who crossed the finish line first to lift the coveted trophy, in 22min 11sec, followed by Alan Coltman (22.51) and Michael Yule (23.00).

The race for U13 boys was won by David Mercer who lifted the M. & M. Trophy after negotiating one-and-a-half laps of the course in a time of 10min 17sec, with Harry Marshall second (10.43) and Callum Murray third (10.56).

In the U13 girls’ challenge, for the Fire Brigade Trophy, it was Ishbel Inglis who romped home first in 10min 23sec, ahead of Holly Grieve (10.48) and Molly Marshall (10.53).

The race for U17 boys and senior ladies, which was run over two, saw Kyle Potts, who got the judges’ verdict and with it the Junior Cup, beat Keith Learnmonth in one of the closest finishes for years with both boys recording 13min 31sec. Third place went to last year’s winner, Charlie Marshall.

The ladies’ race was won by Catherine Mercer (13min 48sec). There followed another close-run challenge for second spot with Sylvia Grieve getting the decision over clubmate Anne Renwick, both athletes recording 14min 10sec.

The presentation night, which takes place in the Volunteer Park clubrooms tomorrow night, starts at 7.30pm.