RUNNERS came from near and far to take up the challenge of the Philiphaugh Hill Race on Sunday and all were treated to some glorious weather as they slogged their way up the Three Brethren and back down again.
A total of 145 athletes signed up for this year’s event which raised a total of £1,150 for the Selkirk Play Park Project, taking the overall total to £11,914 so far.
Race organiser Sheila Cochrane told The Wee Paper: “The support for this event over the last three years has just been phenomenal and everyone that takes part really enters into the spirit of it all.
“We are in the second stage of applying for a BIG lottery grant and should know by end of this year if we have been successful.
“Even if we do get the play park, though, we are still going to keep the race going and hopefully it will get bigger and bigger. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported this event.”
Gala Harrier Fergus Johnston broke his own record to win the seven-mile race for the second successive year.
Recording a time of 46 minutes and 45 seconds, Fergus was two minutes ahead of his nearest rival Iain Stewart of Westerlands.
Results: Seven-mile – 1, Fergus Johnston (Gala Hariers); 2, Iain Stewart (Westerlands); 3, Phil Williams (Central AC). First Lady: Morag McCracken (Hunters Bog Trotters).
Four-mile: 1, John McLean; 2, Thomas Otton; 3, Andrew Toole. First Lady: Andrea Pogson.