Rain pauses for Dryburgh 5k

THE fifth jogscotland 5k Challenge at Dryburgh caught a lucky break in the weather last week as torrential showers earlier in the day disappeared to leave a cool but calm and dry evening – perfect running conditions.

Entries were down on previous years but the atmosphere on the night more than compensated.

First male to cross the line in 17min 9sec was Colin Stevenson of Kelso AC. Colin, trained by Kelso’s Keith Lyall, is due to compete in the Bejing World Triathlon Championship later this summer so this challenging and demanding 5k would be good training. He was closely followed by Rowan Marr (18.37) and Colin McCall (18.50) both of Gala Harriers – good runs from both but especially from junior runner, Rowan.

Gala Harriers dominated the ladies’ race too with Gillian Duncan first (21.10) and Fiona Shepherd third (22.03). In second place was Kirsty Thomson (21.57) of JogEarlston. Kirsty also won the cup for first JogEarlston lady to finish and Ross Allan (24.08) took the trophy for first JogEarlston male.

The Community Prize this year went to Runduns who had runners in eighth, ninth, 10th and 19th spots (George McMullan 20.30, Steve Lauder 20.46 PB, Johnny Logan 20.57 and Stevie Ross 23.12 PB). Kelso Crawlers’ Jac Neil was first from her club to cross the line (22nd, 23.57) followed in by clubmate Ian Burton (28th, 24.24).

Feedback from participants has been very positive and thanks go to jogscotland for supporting Borders jogscotland groups, Borders running clubs and runners in general for bringing this race to Dryburgh again.

The local organiser would also like to thank all those who gave up of their time to marshal. Special mention must go to Paul Morris for doing lead bike and Jackie McPhee for sweeping – not forgetting the three heifers who finally decided to return to their field, solving a major problem for the nearby marshal.