Storm Katie threw the elements at runners from local races this weekend but it couldn’t dampen the spirits at either of two races at opposite ends of the spectrum. imageOn Saturday, Gala Harriers hosted their Easter 5km challenge, a fun run around Tweedbank which attracted an excellent 100 participants ranging from recreational joggers to club runners. With the emphasis very firmly on fun, families, mums with buggies and others looking for a social fun run overcame the elements to start and finish atimage Tweedbank running track with the reward of chocolate a suitable prize for those completing the gentle 5km route. Gala Harriers would like to thank Borders Sport and Leisure for donating free use of the track and the NHS Healthy Living Network.

On Sunday, the weather was equally inclement as a number of Harriers took to the slopes of the Eildons for the 10 mile Eildons Trail race, a tough but excellent route made more challenging by muddy underfoot conditions. Undeterred, two of the Harriers top hill runners, battled each other in the early stages before Craig Mattocks stretched away to win the race in 1.15 from Tim Darlow who finished third in 1.18. Jamie McGowan took a slight detour in Newtown St Boswells but got back on track to finish well in 1.23. Kate Jenkins was next home in 1.28 which also scooped her 3rd female. Dave Nightingale might not have been warm weather training in Australia but got back just in time to line up and finish in 1.35 followed by Daina McFarlane, James Purves and Jakki Stewart”.