Runners at the start of Gala Harriers' Eildon three-hill race

In photos: Runners head for hills three times over near Melrose after year out

Gala Harriers’ annual Eildon three-hill race made a comeback on Saturday, September 18, after a year off due to 2020’s Covid-19 lockdowns, taking senior runners around a 7.2km route to mark the event’s 60th anniversary and juniors on routes of 3km or 4km.

Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 5:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 11:23 am

The first runner back in the senior race was Deeside’s James Espie in 32:09, with the fastest Borderer being Lauderdale Limper Marc Wilkinson in 10th place in 35:19.

The first Borderer to cross the finishing line was Bob Reid in 15th place in 37:27.

Team awards were won by Gala’s women at both senior and masters level, with Katy Barden and Gillian Lunn featuring in both teams, accompanied by Kirstin Maxwell in the former and Joeleen McKean in the latter.

Gala Harrier Archie Dalgliesh, an under-13, was overall winner of the junior 3km race in 16:04 and clubmate and fellow under-13 Kirsty Rankine was fastest female in fifth place with 19:40.

Lasswade Athletics Club’s Rowan Taylor, an under-15, was overall winner of the junior 4km race in 17:45, with Gala Harriers’ Ewan Christie, an under-17, second in 18:24 and his clubmate and fellow under-17 Isla Paterson the first female runner back in fourth place with 22.54.

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