Jaffray and Mercer keep titles

RAYMOND Jaffray and Louise Mercer retained their titles at Teviotdale Harriers’ club championships on Saturday.

Competing in the senior men’s race, over a course that took in Wilton Burn, Highchesters Farm and Todgi Haugh Farm, Jaffray won in convincing style in a time of 40 minutes and 30 seconds. Colin Welsh finished in second, just over a minute behind.

Incorporated in all the races was a sealed handicap, which wasn’t opened until the last competitor had crossed the line in their particular race.

The senior men’s handicap winner was Colin Nichol in 38.38 (handicap 8 mins), followed by Keith Murray, 39.03 (5 mins) and Derek Scott, 39.08 (5 mins) in third spot.

Scotland international Louise Mercer romped home in the ladies’ championship in a time of 14 minutes 56 seconds to claim the Borthwick Trophy. The handicap winner was Joanne Gilfillan in 14.41 (1.40 mins), while in equal second place were Zoe Williams, 14.50 (3.30 mins) and Catherine Mercer, 14.50 (2.05 mins).

In the opening race of the day, for under-11 and under-13 boys and girls, the under-11 boys’ champion was Callum Murray, who covered the course in 6.08 minutes. The winner of the under-11 handicap was Gareth Williams, 5.25 (1.45 mins) and in second place was David Mercer in 5.30 (50 seconds).

The under-11 girls’ champion was Ishbel Inglis, who won in the time of 6.21. The winner of the handicap was Eilidh Jaffray in 5.02 (2.10 mins), second was Molly Marshall in 5.06 (3 mins) and in third spot was Emma Grieve, who finished in 5.51 (1.10mins).

The under-13 boys’ champion was Harry Marshall, who romped home to win in a time of 5.34 minutes. Iben McMillan was victorious in the under-13 girls’ race.

The next event for club members is the Cup Races Day at Hawick Moor on Saturday, March 5. Registration is from 12.15pm, with the first race going off at 1pm.

For more information contact Rob Halliday on 376995.