Harriers head to Haylodge for latest round of Winter XC

A scenic but challenging riverside route greeted the 295 runners who travelled to Haylodge Park in Peebles for the third round of the Borders Winter Cross-country series on Sunday.

Many runners enjoyed the proximity of the Tweed to wash off the mud post-race and recover from a lung-busting hill climb under blue skies.

Forty-four Gala Harrier juniors and 32 seniors put in some excellent all-round performances, with some high category placings yet again.

In the junior race, Jamie Logan (8 minutes 29 seconds) repeated his top place from the previous round, closely followed by Callum Tharme (8.31) and Andrew Hogg (8.52), with Corri Campbell (8.59) finishing strongly in fifth.

Other excellent performances from the junior boys, giving them a good age category result, came from Gregor Collins (9.27 and first in his category), and Ruaridh Woodland-Broome and George Godfrey-Faussett (both 9.28/second). Susannah Godfrey-Faussett came home as the first girl in 9.11, with some well-deserved second and third age-group placings for Katie Rourke (9.44), Harriet Woodland-Broome (10.16) and Cara Hogg (10.24).

The massive field of 198 seniors included many Gala runners who consolidated their good performances from the earlier rounds. The top places were dominated by Lothian clubs, but first across the muddy line for the Harriers was Fergus Johnston who was 10th overall in 28.11. Dianne Lauder secured first overall placing for the ladies in 28.52, and there were high category positions for Kirstin Maxwell (30.44), Chrys Murphy (32.57/1st in 60+), and Andrea Pogson (37.13).