Harriers host masters event

Teviotdale Harriers had the honour of hosting the Scottish Athletics National Masters Cross-country Championships on Saturday, as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.

There were more than 250 men and 100 women entered from clubs all over the country and unfortunately, weather conditions worsened throughout the day,

First to run were the ladies and 65 and over men, on their two-lap 6km route through fields at the rear of Greensidehall Farm. Running for Teviotdale was Alan Samuel who finished in seventh in 35.01. First home for the Teviotdale ladies was 46th-placed Pamela Paxton in 34.06. Other times: 47, Pauline McAdam 34.11; 60, Donna Inglis 38.09; 62, Ann Renwick 38.20.

The men then lined up for their 8km route. First in for Teviotdale was Craig Grieve in 34th position, in 34.56. Other times: 38, John Tullie 35.00 (silver medal in the MV55 category); 70, Alan Inglis 36.52; 97, Alister Biggar 38.41; 114, Michael Yule 40.04; 148, Alan Coltman 46.25; 149, Paul Lockie 47.18; 154, Ron Hastings 49.42.

To runners Angela Mudge of Carnethy Hill RC and Kerry Liam Wilson of Cambuslang picked up gold medals in their respective races.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, a number of runners were treated to first aid in the on-site tent with a small number then being transferred to hospital for treatment for hypothermia.

A team of hardy volunteers from the club braved the elements to the bitter end. Later, when thawed and dried out, all Harriers involved enjoyed a celebration in the Buccleuch Bowling Club.

Next on the calendar is the Club Championships on Saturday, February 8.