Peebles take team title in BSLT event

Action from Friday's Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship. Pic by Alwyn Johnston (free to use).
Action from Friday's Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship. Pic by Alwyn Johnston (free to use).

The first Borders Secondary Schools Cross-country Championship in a decade saw Peebles High claim the overall title.

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust resurrected the event at Netherdale in Galashiels, and 150 athletes from seven schools took part.

The cross-country course was structured to help experienced runners improve their skills and performance, but also to allow first-timers the opportunity to try out the sport.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of BSLT, said: “The championship forms part of our efforts to establish the Borders as a vibrant and strong area for athletics in Scotland.

“We want the Borders to be a breeding ground for future champions and an area recognised throughout Scotland as one which punches above its weight.

“It was a huge success and we plan to make this an annual event.”

The championship was organised in conjunction with the Scottish Borders Athletics Development Group and students from Borders College assisted with marshalling on the day.

Winners: Individual – S1 boys: M. Rose (Kelso HS); S1 girls: K. Browne (Berwickshire HS); S2 boys: T. Otton (Galashiels Academy); S2 girls: J. Arres (Peebles HS); S3 boys: D. O’Hare (Peebles HS); S3 girls: J. Burrows (Selkirk HS); senior boys: A. Craig (Earlston HS); senior girls: L. Mercer (Hawick HS).

Team – S1 boys: Peebles HS (L. Marshall, L. Gray, C. Mclean); S1 girls: Selkirk HS (Z. Pfling, J. Wright, M. Cawthorn); S2 boys: Peebles HS (K. Stevens, D. Lindsay, D. Collins); S2 girls: Peebles HS (N. Shaw, K. Dow, A. Miller); S3 boys: Peebles HS (D. O’Hare, C. McGowan, J. Dow); S3 girls: Peebles HS (P. Mardles, N. McLean, E. Davidson); Senior boys: Selkirk HS (J. McLean, R. Marr, J. Stanners); Senior Girls - Berwickshire HS (Becki Couch, E. Turnbull, Z. Milton).

Overall - 1, Peebles HS; 2, Kelso HS; 3, Berwickshire HS; 4, Selkirk HS; 5, Earlston HS; 6, Galashiels Academy; 7, Hawick HS.

z Gala Harriers juniors swapped their green and white vests for their school colours at Border Secondary Schools Cross-country Championships – and continued their medal haul of previous weeks.

Katie Brown won the 2km S1 event, with Thomas Otton and Jo Arres taking honours in the S2 boys and girls’ events respectively, over 3km.

Paul Henney took the silver medal in the S3 race, and Jenny Burrows the gold in the girls’ S3 event.

The 4km senior boys’ bronze medal went to Rowan Marr, while Louise Mercer and Becky Couch were placed first and second in the senior girls’ race.