Busy week for the Limpers

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THE Lauderdale Limpers Christmas Handicap finally took place on Tuesday night after severe weather in December enforced a delay.

A record 25 club runners enjoyed the three-mile handicap race around the Royal Burgh in perfect running conditions. Making the most of her return to form was Newtown athlete Kirsty Thomson who secured a narrow victory over Westruther’s Gail Watson, with Lauder runner Anne Lilico in third.

In the men’s section Blainslie flying farmer George Runciman used all his experience to outpace Lauder incomer Tommy Angus with Oxton’s Hill specialist Eb Rooney in third. Best scratch time went to Adam Craig in 16.23.

Due to demand the Lauder-based club now train two nights a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

As well as providing coaching for runners the club also raises a significant amount for charity. This year’s beneficiaries are Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and a quiz night and raffle in aid of the charity will be held on Friday, March 4, at the Lauderdale Hotel.

Tickets are available from club members or email gjssutherland@tiscali.co.uk.