Harriers take 16-strong team to Stirling opener

Some of the younger Harriers who made their mark at Stirling
Some of the younger Harriers who made their mark at Stirling

TEVIOTDALE Harriers were in the thick of the action at Saturday’s opening east district league race at Stirling.

Over 650 runners took part in the races on a glorious autumn day, with the Hawick contingent comprising 16 runners, of whom nine were juniors

The first event of the day was the under-11 race with two Harriers involved on the 1,600m course. Girls and boys run together in the younger age categories and Fraser Clyne and Lucy Graham both put in excellent performances, with Lucy finishing in 27th place in the girls’ race in a time of seven minues 26 seconds, while Fraser Clyne clinched seventh spot in 5:46 – an outstanding top-ten finish.

The second race was for under-13s over 2,800m and it saw Teviotdale Harriers’ largest presence for a number of years with six runners involved – three boys and three girls – completing teams in both events.

For the boys, Jamie Waugh was first home in 29th in 12:13, while Joseph Tottman (wearing only one shoe, the other having come off in a particularly muddy stretch of the course) was 41st in 13:00, followed by David Mercer in 42nd in 13:10. Joseph’s shoe was later retrieved and returned to its rightful owner.

For the girls, Ishbel Inglis was first Harrier home in 19th in 12:30, while Phoebe Donaldson was 40th in 13:26, followed by Emma Grieve in 48th in 14:39.

The third race was for senior/junior/masters women and under-17 men, and saw Sylvia Grieve and Donna Inglis flying the flag for the Hawick club over the 6,000m course, with the former coming home in 93rd in 36.10 and the latter in 94th in 36.57.

The penultimate event of the day was for under-15 boys and girls and under-17 women, and Teviotdale’s Catherine Mercer, competing in the under-17 women’s race over 3,200m, finished 32nd in 14:32.

The senior/junior/masters men brought the curtain down on the meeting over a 9,000m course, and first home for the Harriers was Derek Scott in 74th in 35:58. Craig Grieve 98th in 37:00, followed by Alan Inglis in 121st in 38:26, and Bill Knox in 219th in 49:10. As if the course wasn’t hard enough with all the mud, Bill gave himself an extra challenge by starting slightly later than the others but soon got going. Alister Biggar sustained an injury to his leg during the race and it is hoped that he makes a speedy recovery.