Running for fun in the sun at the Philiphaugh ground

Selkirk Hammermen presented the Playpark group with a cheque for �1100

Selkirk Hammermen presented the Playpark group with a cheque for �1100

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Organisers of Sunday’s fourth Philiphaugh Hill Run are overwhelmed with the growing success of their event.

More than 140 competitors lined up for the seven-mile and four-mile races which all started and finished at Selkirk Rugby Club’s Philiphaugh ground.

Gala Harrier Fergus Johnston set a new course record of 45 minutes 22 seconds to finish first in the men’s seven mile run (his third successive win) while the ladies’ seven mile, title went to Carnethie runner Charlotte Morgan in a time of 51 minutes 58 seconds.

Meanwhile, the men’s four mile race was won in emphatic style by 10-year-old Easson Elder from Peebles, with Zoe Pflug of Midlem triumphing in the ladies equivalent.

“Everything went very much according to plan,” said event organiser Sheila Cochrane.

“There was a slight change to the route this year, which included a change to the downhill finish, through fields instead of the hard track road.

“Feedback was very positive and there was many new faces this year and good turn out from the Gala Harriers.

“It’s very satisfying to see the number of entries increasing every year. The support we receive from helpers and sponsors makes it all possible, so a big thank you goes to each and every one of them.”

The Philiphaugh Hill Run came into existence in 2009 to help raise funds for the Selkirk Play Park Project, and four years later the event is going from strength to strength.

“We raised £1,200 from this year’s run alone,” added Sheila.

“We were also presented on the day with a cheque for £1,100 from the Selkirk Incorporation of Hammermen, the result of a collection they took at their Common Riding foy – a fantastic gesture, and very much appreciated.”

l A full list of results can be found at http://scottishhillracing.co.uk