Members of Dunbar Running Club took part in the first race of the
Borders Cross Country Championship on Sunday 21 November. The series
has been extended to seven rounds with venues across the South East of
Scotland. Races are scheduled at regular intervals between October
2004 and February 2005 and are open to male and female runners at all
age groups, Junior and Senior. The inaugural race in the series was
held at Lauder in cold, damp and slippy under foot conditions making
for an interesting start to the series
Colin Menzies, participating as a Senior athlete for the first time,
was 3rd overall and second in his category (under 40 years). Ian
Rowland continuing his good form throughout the summer into the
cross-country season was 5th athlete and 3rd in his over 40 age group.
George Gilhooley, running for Dunbar for the first time, was 8th
overall and one place behind Ian in the over 40 category. Ian Sills
was in 10th place and 5th in the under 40yrs male age group. Stuart
Hay came home in 36th place and 9th male over 40, with Ross Combe one
place behind in the overall standings and 12th in the senior male
under 40 category. Anne Hay was the first Dunbar Lady runner
finishing in 54th overall place, 6th lady runner and first in her age
group (over 40yrs.). Veteran runners Joe Bourhill and Bob Wilson
competing in the 60 + age group were 57th and 66th respectively
overall and 2nd and 5th in their age group. In the team competition
Dunbar Senior Runners are in second place with 16 points just one
point behind City of Edinburgh.
For the first time a number of H.E.L.P. runners took part in the
Series. Bill Watson was their first runner home in 15th place, Brian
Carr was 32nd, Paddy McDonald 39th and George "Iron Man" Armstrong in
56th place and leading his age group 60+.
In the Junior categories Dunbar was again were well represented with a
number of young athletes competing in most of the age groups. Lauren
Peffers was 7th overall and 1st in the female 14/15 age group. Thomas
Thorton Smith was 8th and 1st male 16/17 year old. Lauren Smedly came
in one place behind Thomas in 9th place and is leading her age group,
female 12/13 years old. In a very competitive age category James
Thorton Smith was 13th overall and 7th in the male 14/15 group. Anna
Dobson was 21st in the race and 1st in the female under 11 age group,
Nicola Craig was 4th female 12/13 year old and 27th overall, Eve
Bailie 29th and 5th female 12/13, Abigail Twist 31st and 3rd female
under 11 and Abegail Dobson finished the race in 33rd place and 4th
female 14.15 year old. In the Junior team competition Dunbar are
again in second place with 24 points.
H.E.L.P. runner Lisa Menzies was the sole Junior runner from her club
and finished the race in 18th place and is currently sitting in 2nd in
her age group 14/15 years old.
All runners are now looking forward to competing in the second round
to be held at Duns on Sunday 5th December.