Clean sweep for TEL at muddy Borders XC

The cross country season has been tougher than normal this year – storms, flooding, weather warnings as well as course alterations and cancellations, were all thrown into the mix along with the usual mud, rain and cold conditions that runners expect.

It was a valiant effort from the host clubs, organisers, coaches and runners to ensure that, despite all of these challenges, a successful series could still happen. And happen it did, with East Lothian runners performing incredibly well and topping the tables throughout the series, with plenty of firsts in the overall rankings.  

The final race of the season was held in Gala on the 6th March, and finally conditions were kind – calm, still and even sunny. There was still plenty of mud – but it is cross country after all – this is what they sign up for! 

In the Juniors race, there was a muddy uphill start, as well as several challenging river crossings, along the 3k route. Aidan Page from Team East Lothian (TEL) led from the start and won the Junior race overall. Jim Henry from Musselburgh powered round the course to finish in 3rd place overall and 2ndin his age category. 

In the Age 12-13 Male category, Charlie Copp from TEL was 3rd, and team mates Thomas Gornall and Ben Krievs, were 5th and 6th respectively. Sandy Henry was 7th, Finlay Bruce 9th and Ted Boyack 12th–  all running for Musselburgh. 

In the Age 10-11 Male category, Jacob lamb from Dunbar Running Club was 2nd, Alfie Pugh from Haddington 4th and Matthew Connolly from TEL 6th. Isaac Hobbins from Haddington was 18th. Young runners Gregor Wright from Haddington and Adam Connolly  from Dunbar did fantastically well to finish in 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Age 8-9 Male category. 

In the Junior Girls race, Cerys Wright from TEL was 2nd overall and 1st in her  Age 10-11 Females category . There was strong representation from Haddington in this age group from runners Morven Kenny (3rd), Florence Bailey (5th), Isla Osborne (8th) and Robyn Lupton (9th). 

It was a TEL 1,2,3 and 4 in the Females 14-15 category with Rachel Stevens, Eily Sinclair, Ella Nicholson and Cristina Eliot running well over the challenging course. In the Age 8-9 category for the girls, Branna Kenny from Haddington was 1st and Tessa Russell from Dunbar was 3rd

The Seniors had around 6k of muddy trails and river crossings to navigate. There was no stopping Angus Wright from TEL though – he had a superb run to win the senior race…no mean feat with 159 runners in the race. In the Female 50+ category, Rhona Anderson from Dunbar was 3rd.

Series winners  
Angus Wright was the champion in the Senior series – remarkable, given that there were several hundred entrants from all over the Borders and Angus is amongst the youngest in the field at age 17. Rowena Halliday from Dunbar was first Overall Female in the Senior Series, and Flora Henry (TEL) was first Junior Female.  Brian Marshall from Haddington was 2nd overall in the Male 50+ category. 

Aidan Page (TEL) had a win in each of the four Junior races he ran, making him the overall winner in the Junior series. 

Rachel Stevens, Eily Sinclair, Ella Nicholson and Cristina Eliot performed consistently well over the series to finish in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Team mate Jessica Bullen completed three races in the series.

Cerys Wright from TEL was 1st in the Age 10-11 category, and team mate Sula Russell was 4th. Also achieving top ten positions for the series standings were Florence Bailey from Haddington (7th) and Rosalyn Weddell from Haddington (9th). 

Showing great tenacity in their debut Borders XC were young runners in the Age 8-9 age category. In the Boys, Gregor Wright from Haddington and Adam Connolly from Dunbar, finished in 2nd and 3rdplace. In the Girls standings, Branna Kenny from Haddington was 3rd in the series, whilst Tessa Russell from Dunbar was 4th. 

Team East Lothian were the series team champions in the boys and girls categories.