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 on Sunday.

Thursday, 16th December 2021, 1:25 pm
Updated Monday, 20th December 2021, 10:32 am
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.

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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.