Lauderdale Limper Marc Wilkinson makes his mark in Borders Cross-Country Series at Peebles

Lauderdale Limper Marc Wilkinson was the region’s fastest runner at Sunday’s Borders Cross-Country Series race meeting at Peebles.

Lauderdale Limpers, from left, Dylan Theedam Parry, Leahn Parry, Alison Wilson, Jill Thomson, Rachel McAleese, Chloe Summerfield, Aidan Craggers and Marc Wilkinson at Peebles
Lauderdale Limpers, from left, Dylan Theedam Parry, Leahn Parry, Alison Wilson, Jill Thomson, Rachel McAleese, Chloe Summerfield, Aidan Craggers and Marc Wilkinson at Peebles

Wilkinson finished second overall out of a field of just short of 200 seniors competing over a four-mile course at the town’s Hay Lodge Park, crossing the line in 24:18, half a minute behind winner Charles Houston, of Edinburgh’s Hunters Bog Trotters.

The next fastest Borderer was Milan Misak, of host club Moorfoot Runners, finishing eighth in 26:15, followed by Teviotdale Harrier Rory Anderson, ninth in 26:31.

Five other Borderers claimed top-20 places – Lauderdale Limper Dylan Theedam Parry, 11th in 26:36; Gala Harrier Gary Trewartha, 12th in 26:39; Moorfoot Runners Colin Williams and Daniel Lavin, 17th and 19th respectively in 27:16 and 27:24; and Lauderdale Limprer Leahn Parry, 18th in 27:19.

Gala Harrier Tim Darlow, Moorfoot Runner Andrew Cox and Lauderdale Limpers Dean Whiteford and Mark Barrett weren’t far off either, finishing 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 25th respectively in 27:32, 27:42, 28:00 and 28:40.

Four Borderers were among the 10 fastest female runners competing – Gala Harrier Pamela Baillie being the second woman back in 30:40, Lauderdale Limper Chloe Summerfield fifth in 31:03 and Gala’s Lorna Affleck and Gillian Lunn sixth and ninth respectively in 31:17 and 31:58.

Moorfoot Runner Mike Goddard was the fastest man over the age of 70, clocking 34:37, and Gala’s Ian Maxwell was first in the male 60-plus rankings with 29:47, followed by Teviotdale Harrier John Tullie in 30:11.

The region’s fastest junior runner in a field of 100 competing over 2.2km was Gala Harrier Cameron Rankine, coming home fifth in 7:57, followed by sixth-placed Teviotdale Harrier Robbie Welsh, clocking 8:08.

Also finishing in the top 20 were Moorfoot Runners Shaun Pyman and Luke Grieve, 11th and 18th in 8:23 and 8:51; Gala Harriers Archie and Charlie Dalgliesh, 14th and 20th in 8:36 and 8:56; and Teviotdale Harrier Irvine Welsh, 16th in 8:44.

The fastest female juniors were Gala Harriers Ava Richardson, Kirsty Rankine, Kacie Brown, Poppy Lunn and Jessica Hendry, finishing fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th in 9:19, 9:24, 9:44, 9:57 and 10:07.