Borders runners shed those extra festive pounds

The weather was kind but the hills and mud not so much for the 120-plus participants in Sunday’s 2020 Run Off The Christmas Pudding event.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 3:50 pm
Colourfully-attired entrants tackle the Run Off The Christmas Pudding event in Melrose.

Set off by the fabulous Running Bear at Melrose Station, the field tackled mostly trail running up to Bowden Moor, through Eildon Woods, past Rhymer’s Stone and along behind Newstead to finish by Melrose Abbey.

The men’s race was a well-fought contest between Gala Harriers’ Gary Trewartha and Brian Aitchison, with Gary having the edge and winning in 53.30.

The ladies’ title was convincingly taken by Lisa MacDonald in a new fastest time of 56.16.

The event raised £1500, to be shared between Melrose Junior Football Club – which also provided runners, marshals and enthusiastic support around the course – Earlston Scout Unit, which provided the welcome buffet at the end of the event, and the Brathay Trust.

Race organiser, St Boswells Wobbly Running, thanked everyone who was involved in making the day a great success.

Men – 1 Gary Trewartha (Gala Harriers) 53:30, 2 Brian Aitchison (Gala Harriers) 54.03.0, 3 Colin Williams (Moorfoot Runners) 56.07.2.

Women – 1 Lisa MacDonald 56.16.4 (new course record), 2 Gillian Carr (Moorfoot Runners), 3 Chloe Summerfield (Lauderdale Limpers)

Fastest Melrose FC parent – 1 Douglas Ireland (JogEarlston)