Abigail, the first UK storm to be named by the Met Office, was kind to competitors for the second Borders XC Series event held at Dunbar on Sunday.
She granted both junior and senior runners the chance to run their respective races along the beautiful East Lothian coastline free from rain and wind.
The junior race was not, for once, the preserve of Gala Harriers as, out of a field of 96 juniors, it was Max Hastings of Lauderdale Limpers who won the boys’ race in 14.15. The Galashiels club was never far behind however with Callum Tharme coming home in second in 15.02 with Chirnside Chaser Josh Abbott in third (15.08).
Emma Johnston of Edinburgh AC took the spoils in the girls’ race (16.32) with fellow capital runner Katie Johson in second. Moorfoot Runner Elena McGorum was third in a time of 17.49 which earned her first place in the 12-13 age category.
In light of the tragic events which had occurred in Paris less than 48 hours earlier, the committee held a minute’s silence, before the start of the seniors race, out of respect for those who had lost their lives and those who remain so gravely wounded – this was unreservedly supported by all, runners and supporters.
Over 200 took part in the senior races. Not so much running round the course as flying, was Corstorphine AAC’s Donald Macaulay who won the men’s race in 25.25, almost a minute in front of his nearest rival, Michael Reid of Carnethy. Young Kobe Stevens from Moorfoot Runners was third, and first in the junior male age class, in a time of 26.34.
First lady, in 28.46 was Rachel Haines of Hunters Bog Trotters. Corstorphine AC runner Kirstian MacRuary was second with Gala Harrier Kirstin Maxwell third in 30.22.
The Borders Cross-Country Series was started 25 years ago in order to give all runners, regardless of ability and/or age, the opportunity to take part in organised cross-country running. The premise behind the series is that all runners are able to experience the joy, excitement and benefits of running in a friendly, supportive and sociable environment whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery to be found in the Borders, East Lothian and North Northumberland. More information can be found at bordersxc.com.
The next leg is hosted by Moorfoot Runners in Peebles on November 29.