Glendearg Farm, high on the hills above Galashiels, provided a spectacular venue for the final round of the Scottish Hare & Hound Enduro Championship.
Run by Scottish Borders Enduro Club, the event takes the format of a three-hour endurance race on open farmland and wooded areas, plus an extreme section. Riders aim to do as many laps as they can in the allotted three hours and race in five different classes, depending on their abilities.
First off were the Experts, with Dean Reid on a flying start. Fraser Flockhart had a bad beginning, but then covered the ground fast and was in the lead by the first quarter- lap, a position he held for the rest of the race. Ryan Mclean, in his first year in Enduros, rode a good race to take second place, with Alistair Millar pushing hard in the last hour to take third. The over-40s class went to multiple Scottish and British champ Derek Little. James Harvey and Alan Davidson ended second and third respectively.
John Bollton lifted the Clubman A class, followed by Hugh O’Neil (2nd) and Mark Grice (3rd). The Clubman B class was won by 58-year-old Willie Beaty, with Gordon McGregor and Ian Bissett taking the silver and bronze slots respectively.
The Sportsman class – one of the biggest sections – is for riders just coming into the sport. They have to work the hardest as they are still learning how to ride over difficult terrain – riding through the wooded areas can be quite daunting as the trees don’t move out of your way! Victor was Andrew Anderson, with Steven Anderson (2nd) and Phil Hewitt (3rd) behind.
Scottish Borders Enduro is grateful to the sponsors (RGT Excavation, Lochwinnoch Motors, John Falla Blacksmith and Elder Fencing) and Tom Douglas for the use of his land during the past season.
Any landowners who would be willing to provide a venue the club could use for future events should contact Colin Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org