The hills were alive with the sound of running

SIXTY-ONE runners made the journey to Earlston on Tuesday for the Black Hill Race, which was run from the old high school playing fields as part of the Earlston Civic Week celebrations.

Times were generally slower than last year’s race, perhaps reflecting the hot muggy conditions and the hard, dry going underfoot, which left many runners wishing they had packed trail or even road shoes, and maybe some blister plasters too.

First home was Teviotdale’s Craig Grieve (35.03 minutes), followed by first local runner John Bates in second (35.26) and Keith Murray, also Teviotdale, in third (36.02).

Ronnie Gallagher, running for host club Lauderdale Limpers, took the club trophy with sixth place (36.29), while Kirsty Maxwell of Gala Harriers was first lady (39.02).

The junior White Hill race attracted 12 entries, including one non-finisher, and was won comfortably by Gala’s Rowan Marr (14.00), with Elliot Lemmon (unattached, 16.35) in second and Joe Agnew (Lauderdale, 17.16) in third.

Karen Maxwell (Gala Harriers), was first girl home in a time of 17.49.

Many thanks to race director David Young, the Earlston Civic Week committee, the helpers, marshalls and timekeepers, and the Tweed Valley MRT who provided safety cover at various points along the course.