Gala Harriers athletic club has taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Abbotsford House 5 mile trail race and 2 mile Challenge originally planned for Sunday 16th August 2020.

With the health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, marshals will always remain our priority. We feel it is our responsibility to protect everyone involved, including our emergency services and local community who have always been so supportive.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused by this exceptional situation and the impact on your planning

Gala Harriers Athletic Club based in the Scottish Borders offer opportunities for people of all ages to try out, train, embrace and compete in the various disciplines of athletics at all levels from jogging (through to National and international competition.

Scottish Athletics guidance for clubs that aligns with the Scottish Government advice. During phase 1, facilities used for club athletics will remain closed and club training sessions are not permitted to take place.

Behind the scenes, the club committee and coaches have met via zoom and are continuing to plan for the resumption of club athletics when the appropriate phase allows us to do so. There are obvious challenges that will test us all along the way but the club are committed to ensuring that athletics activity resumes as soon as we are allowed to and in an environment that puts the health and wellbeing of our athletes, coaches and other supporters at the forefront of our thinking.

In the meantime, Scottish Athletics and Gala Harriers continue to offer virtual events and opportunities for all of our members

If anybody has any further questions or requires other information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Scottish Athletics also have very helpful information on their website for individual athletes and coaches: (

Thanks for your continued support.

Gala Harriers Committee