Running festival has many people to thank

The Jedburgh Running Festival held recently was a record event in several ways – only made possible by the record number of participants taking part, the support of many spectators, and the support of so many volunteers and organisations.

With all this willing support we have enjoyed record-breaking times in the wheelchair and hand-cycle 10K, and a new course record in the half marathon.

The number of participants registering has now exceeded 1,300, which is also a record, and without the dedication of the running festival committee and the support of numerous volunteers this would not have been possible.

We also need to give a big thanks to Starretts and Scottish Borders Council who have provided sponsorship money, giving Jedburgh Events Forum the confidence that the event can run in the black. The police, British Red Cross and the Scottish Ambulance Service all need to be thanked, along with staff from the SBC roads department.

The volunteers come from various local groups and enthusiastic individuals, as well as community support from the Crailing and Eckford village hall committees. We also get invaluable support from Teviotdale Harriers, Jedburgh Joggers, Jedburgh Community Trust, Jed Thistle and Hawick and Border Car Club.

In sending out this thanks we hope that we have not missed out mentioning any of the many who have made this possible, if we have it is an oversight and we apologise.

John Henderson and Len Wyse

(Jedburgh Running Festival committee)

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the helpers and supporters of the recent 10km wheelchair and hand-cycle championships at Jedburgh Running Festival.

Thanks to Bonjedward Garage who opened up so we had a registration area and parking. And also for fixing Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s car.

Thanks to NJR Sports for their continued sponsorship, Carol King and the ladies from the Jed-Forest Mini Rugby, who served up a brilliant pasta party, and to the Caddymann restaurant for their continued support. And also to Gary Armstrong for starting the races.

And, finally, I would like to thank all volunteers who gave up their time to help make the races so enjoyable for the athletes.

Jed Renilson

(wheelchair and hand-cycle organiser, Jedburgh Running Festival)

I would like the opportunity to pass on my sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the first Three Peaks Ultra marathon such a success.

With all profits going to the Margaret Kerr appeal at Borders General Hospital, the support from Bookers Cash and Carry in Galashiels by supplying most of the water was invaluable.

I would also like to thank all 121 athletes who entered the race, the St Cuthbert’s Way management team at Scottish Borders Council, Guy Learmonth for presenting the trophies, and to the communities of Maxton, St Boswells, Bowden and Newtown for coming out to support the runners.

Finally, a big thank you to the volunteers who spent an entire day manning water stations and marshalling out on the course.

David Knox

(Three Peaks Ultra organiser,

Jedburgh Running Festival)