Gala Harriers compete in cross-country championship

The usual cross-country racing calendar was understandably disrupted this year by the coronavirus pandemic, but current guidelines still allow competitive running at a more local level to take place, and Gala Harriers have been doing just that.

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 3:15 pm
Gala Harriers at the beginning of the event.

Nearly 30 senior members of the Galashiels club assembled on Saturday morning to race in their annual club cross-country championship.

The direction of the race alternates each year, with the 2020 edition starting at the back of the Gala Policies and finishing almost six miles later next to the River Tweed at Boleside.

In the men’s race, Darrell Hastie once again demonstrated his class and current form, racing to a clear victory and a fourth club championship.

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Graeme Murdoch ran solidly for second, with Gary Trewartha completing the men’s podium.

In the women’s race, Katy Barden was an impressive winner.

Second place was secured with a good run by Pamela Baillie, with team captain Gillian Duncan finishing soon after for third.

The race also included a hidden handicap element for the Neil Potts trophy.

Alan Johnston claimed victory, with a strong run ahead of his predicted time, with Eileen Maxwell and Tony Lunn earning second and third place respectively.

Runners and finishing times:

1 Darrell Hastie (36:03); 2 Graeme Murdoch (40:20); 3 Gary Trewartha (42:02); 4 Jamie McGowan (42:35); 5 Ian Maxwell (44:35); 6 Craig Lowrie (44:58); 7 Katy Barden (45:37); 8 Anthony Lunn (47:02); 9 Alan Johnston (47:25); 10 Iain Buckley (47:33).

11 Grant Dilasser (48:22); 12 Pamela Baillie (49:02); 13 William McCulloch (49:28); 14 James Purves (49:36); 15 Gillian Duncan (49:52); 16 Lisa Dalgleish (50:28); 17 Garry Fraser (51:21); 18 Lindsay Dun (51:22); 19 Joeleen McKean (52:35); 20 Eileen Maxwell (52:55).

21 Jocelyn Richard (56:51); 22 Robin Sloan (57:56); 23 Dawn Grant (61:50); 24 Eileen Nicol (62:06); 25 Stephen Kelly (66:47); 26 Anne Purves (79:16); 27 Shelagh King (79:17).