The final leg of the Borders Winter Cross Country series was held on Sunday at , near Berwick-upon-Tweed in cool, still conditions over an undulating well-planned course. Gala Harriers’ juniors and seniors went into the final leg well placed for team and individual honours after the 7 stage series and certainly did not disappoint. The Gala juniors retained the overall junior trophy with consistently high placings across the series from many youngsters, who proved that the training sessions in dark cold winter nights really do pay off. Talent helps too and on the day itself, Callum Tharme led the race home in 9 minutes 34 seconds, closely followed by Jamie Logan (9.41) and Corri Campbell (9.58), who only missed out on 3rd place by 2 seconds, just beaten by Declan White. For the girls, Susannah Godfrey-Faussett flew home first in 10.50, just beating her brother George this time and holding off fellow Harriers Cara Hogg (11.44) and Harriet Woodland-Broome (12.21). There were high category placings on the day for Andrew Hogg (10.00) Yousuf Khursheed (10.17), Gregor Collins (10.44) George Godfrey-Faussett and Rhuaridh Woodland-Broome (11.17). Throughout the series, placings are accumulated within each age group (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) and there was a goodly haul of Gala medallists from all categories which combined to secure the overall trophy. For the boys: Ruaridh Woodland-Broome (2nd in 8-9) Gregor Collins and George Godfrey-Faussett (1st and 3rd in 10-11) Andrew Hogg (2nd in 12-13) and a 1-2-3 for Callum Tharme,Jamie Logan and Corri Campbell in the 14-15. For the girls: Susannah Godfrey-Faussett and Rhiannon Fagan (1st and 2nd in 12-13) and Katie Rourke and Elena Heger (1st and 2nd in the 14-15 group). Gala’s seniors were led home by Gavin Bryson who finished 3rd in 24 minutes 04 seconds, and it was the women who shone on the day itself with highly placed runs from Kirstin Maxwell (27.24), Anya Campbell (30.28), Rachel Fagan (30.34) and Eileen Maxwell (33.40) and with fine performances from all Gala women and the successful defence of the host team’s women’s prize was assured.Overall, Dianne Lauder achieved 2nd in the female senior category, with 2nd and 3rd places in 40+ going to Fiona Dalgleish and Rachel Fagan, 3rd place in 50+ to Eileen Maxwell and the only top podium position for the seniors going to Chrys Murphy for his superb 1st in 60+.
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