Running festival now includes dogs

RUNNERS, joggers, walkers and wheelers will once again go under starter’s orders at the Jedburgh Running Festival on Sunday.

And this year four-legged athletes can join in too.

CANI-SPORT Scotland is adding to the occasion with a new event – a 6.5km ‘Runners with Dogs’ race, which will start at the Glebe (Lothian Park) at 10am.

The event, which makes use of the ‘Paths Around Jedburgh’ routes, will have six classes and is open to runners from the age of 15 upwards. Five of the classes are for runners and a single dog, the sixth being for runners with two dogs.

The festival kicks off at 8am when ultra marathon runners get on their marks at the Abbey.

The 38-mile event follows in the footsteps of Saints and Warriors on a mixture of road, track, path and hill routes through the Borders countryside.

The 11th wheelchair and third hand cycle races start at 10.30am at Bon Jedward, while the 12th half marathon and fifth 10km races start at 11am from Jedburgh Abbey.