After a week of dreich and very wet weather, the sky was blue and the sun was shining on Sunday, – a very auspicious start to the Borders Cross Country Series.
The first leg was hosted, as usual, supremely well by Lauderdale Limpers who welcomed the 94 juniors and 223 seniors who descended on Lauder keen to take on the challenges of this demanding course.
Both races were started by Norham Running Club’s and XC stalwart, Richard Adams who has recently returned from very successful competition at the World Transplant Games in Argentina.
As usual it was the juniors who kicked off proceedings with clean sweep for Gala Harriers as Callum Tharme and Susannah Godfrey-Faussett took the honours in both the boys’ and girls’ races (11.27 and 12.36 respectively). The Gala club claimed four of the top five places in the junior race.
In the seniors race Michael Reid of Carnethy had wings on as he flew round in 25.35 closely followed by Donald Macaulay of Corstorphine AAC who finished just two seconds later. Mark Sutherland, of the host club, was first local home in fourth place in a time of 26.31.
First lady home in 29.57 was Rachel Haines of Hunters Bog Trotters.
The second leg of the series is on Sunday, November 15, at Dunbar with further legs in Peebles (November 29), Chirnside (December 13), Paxton (January 10) and Galashiels (February 14).