Borders hills and roads were alive last weekend with the sound of pounding feet, whizzing wheels and even the scurry of little paws as the 13th Jedburgh Running Festival took place.
For the first time the event was split over two days with the hardy Ultra runners taking on the Three Peaks Challenge and the Canicross 7.6km event, for athletes and their dogs, taking place on Saturday.
This first bunch certainly got the best of the weekend weather as the mild breeze turned to full strength gusts on Sunday.
First off on the Sabbath was the ever popular 10k Wheelchair and Hand Cycle races and, having been assisted by the wind down the Crailing Straight, athletes found it hard going to get back to the finish line just past the Caddy Man.
Middlesbrough Commonwealth and European medallist Jade Jones made the journey up for the event and took the overall female title. She told TheSouthern: “The wind made it quite difficult on the home run but we benefitted from it earlier so the race evened itself out in terms of times.
“This is the last race of the season for me and I love coming to Jed as it attracts some really good racers and it’s always very close.”
London 2012 Gold medallist Mike Bushell won the wheelchair race overall with Gordon’s triple European medallist Sammi Kinghorn rolling in as first Scot.
Having received her new racing chair just in time for the event, Ancrum’s Gemma Scott was the second Scot home and told us: “I’m just glad to have been able to compete. It was a great experience and now I’ll know what to expect next year.”
Both wheelchair and foot races on Sunday drew a healthy, and at times extremely noisy, support with Half Marathon winner Patryk Gierjotowicz, from Edinburgh, enjoying a rousing welcome over the finish line in 1 hour 10 minutes and 43 seconds.
She told us:“It’s always great coming here.
“Everyone is always so friendly and the route itself is great. I’m pleased to have won again and will certainly be back next year.”
Hawick’s Dianne Lauder, running for Gala Harriers, stormed home as the first woman in 1 hour 20 minutes 31 seconds in 10th place overall. The local prizes for runners in the TD8 postal area went to Ian Williams (1:21.42) and Rhona Hedley (1:52.57). .