Burns runners turn on the heat over icy course

Feel the Burns Hill Run. Runners at the start inc winner Matthew Sullivan No 313.
Feel the Burns Hill Run. Runners at the start inc winner Matthew Sullivan No 313.

A TOTAL of 137 runners out of 160 entries managed to brave the weather on Saturday and make it out for the inaugural Feel the Burns Hill Run.

Athletes made the journey from far and wide – even one entry from Inverness made it down – to take part in the event which incorporated 13.7 miles of the Selkirk countryside.

Organiser Sheila Cochrane told TheSouthern: “I’m absolutely delighted with the turnout, considering the horrendous conditions.

“Sports fixtures were being called off right, left and centre on Saturday morning, so although we knew ours could go ahead it was a bit of an anxious wait to see how many of our entries would turn up.

“We needn’t have worried though, runners are a hardy bunch. As it turned out there was a great atmosphere and not one complaint about the snow.”

As the leaders made the first climb up onto Peat Law, visibility was poor, but as the sky cleared, the glistening snow, believe it or not, actually allowed for some good running. There were some tricky places on the farm tracks and a few sighs could be heard as the runners reached the last climb up Foulshiels, but the course was declared a great success.

“We have had some excellent feedback,” added Mrs Cochrane, “and people are already asking what our next event will be.

“I would like to add a big thank you for all the helpers and marshals who made the day possible and to Hunter Cabs who sponsored the top three prizes.”

Results – senior male: 1, Matthew Sullivan (Shettleston Harriers); 2, Andrew Fallas (Carnethy); 3, Alasdair Anthony (Ochil Hill Runners).

Senior female: 1, Jasmin Paris (Carnethy); 2, Nicola Duncan (Portobello RC); 3, Morag McCracken (Hunters Bog Trotters),

Coming in first from the many local runners supporting the event was Gala Harrier Fergus Johnston with clubmate Fiona Shepherd leading the way for the Borders ladies.