Teviotdale Harriers will play host to a prestigious Scottish Athletics event this afternoon, as part of celebrations to mark their 125th anniversary.
The local running club has been given the opportunity to organise the Scottish Masters Cross-Country Championships, an event which will attract hundreds of runners from all over the country. And with Teviotdale in charge of designing and building the course, more than 250 men and over 100 women will take on a route which starts and finishes at the top of Stirches.
Harriers stalwart Rob Halliday said: “This is a huge deal for Teviotdale Harriers to be hosting this event and we are delighted.”
“I approached a representative from Scottish Athletics a couple of years ago and asked about a chance of us having the Masters here for our special year, and they said it shouldn’t be a problem. Although each year is usually alternated between the coasts and last year was the east, we were delighted to be given the go-ahead.”
Competing over a distance of 6,000m for the women, and 8,000m for the men, the runners will start and finish in the field to the rear of Greenside Hall Farm, behind Stirches Road. They will then follow a route through several fields before emerging above the power station - which Mr Halliday says will present the best vantage point - before making their way to Whitehaugh and down to the rear of Greenside Hall House.
Mr Halliday added: “This is exciting for us as a club, and another way of marking our anniversary.”
A total of 15 local runners have entered.