Wednesday, December 08, 2004


The second race in the Borders Cross Country series took place at Duns
on Sunday 5 December. A bright sunny day welcomed a large field of
athletes including a number of runners from Dunbar Running Club and
HELP Club. The race took place in the estate grounds of Duns Castle
and included open field as well as forest tracks.

In the adults race Ian Rowland reversed the finishing positions from
the previous weekends East District Cross Country race by beating
fellow Dunbar Runner Ian Sills by one place finishing in 5th overall
position and 2nd in the 40year old category. Sills was 6th overall
and 4th senior male runner. George Gilhooley, Grant Noble and Stuart
Hay all competing in the 40 years age group recorded 9th, 16th and
28th overall positions and 4th, 6th and 10th respectively in their age
category. Anne Hay was again the first Dunbar lady runner in an
overall position of 49th and 2nd female 40 years age group. Two other
Dunbar lady runners competed at Duns, Clarissa Berry, in her first
race in Dunbar colours was one place in front of Amanda Thorntonsmith
taking 69th place and Amanda finished in 70th place. Clarissa was 3rd
in her age group 35 years and Amanda 4th in the 40 years group.

Despite loosing a shoe in the first stream crossing John Landells
competing in his first cross country race in a couple of years
finished a creditable 57th overall and 1st in the 60+ age group. Bob
Wilson was overall 68th and 6th over 60 years runner. Kevin
Thorntonsmith finished in 77th place and was 16th in his age group, 40
years. Mark James from Dunbar and running for the Carnethy Club
finishing in 7th place.

In the team competition Dunbar recorded the same number of points as
City of Edinburgh and therefore after the first two rounds remain one
point behind with 36 points.

HELP runners again competed well with Brian Carr finishing in 34th
place, Neil Scott 47th, Paddy McDonald 54th and George Armstrong 59th.
HELP are placed 9th in the team event after the first two rounds.

In the junior race James Thorntonsmith was the first Junior Dunbar
runner finishing in 12th overall place and 7th Male 14/15 year old.
Liam Barclay was one place behind in the overall and age group
results. Lauren Peffers continues to dominate her age group by
finishing 1st female 14/15 year old and 14th overall. Toby Sherwood
was a place behind Lauren in 15th place and took 9th in his age group
14/15 year olds. Alex Noble competing for the first time this year
finished in 19th overall place and was 3rd in the male under 11 age
group. Lauren Smedley took 1st place again in her age group 12/13
year olds and was 23rd in the race. Megan Gaffney was 30th overall
and 4th 12/13 year old, Anna Dobson 35th and 2nd female under11 year
old. Nicola Craig was 36th and 5th 12/13 year old, Daisy Sherwood
40th and 5th female 14/15 year old and Abigail Twist 44th and 4th
under 11 year old. Abigail Dobson finished in 48th place overall and
6th under 11year old with Alice Thorntonsmith 50th and 9th female
12/13 year old.

The Dunbar Juniors took third place in the team event