This Saturday was the Traprain Law Hill Race organised by the Carnethy Hill Running Club. The course of the race ran from East Linton along footpaths and through the River Tyne to a steep ascent of The Law, then returning to East Linton mainly by footpaths via Hailes Castle and the banks of the Tyne. A total of 6.5 miles, with a 710 feet total climb; running for the adult ‘Chasers was George McMullan who finished in a highly creditable 20th place out of a very experienced field of 80 runners in 48mins and 42 seconds.
Then this Sunday a team of young ‘Chasers joined athletes from all over Scotland at Pitreavie athletics track in Dunfermline for the Scottish National Relay championships. Chirnside Chasers entered two teams in the under 13 boys age group. First up in the morning was the 3 x 800m and running for the ‘Chasers were Jamie Kinghorn, Ben Reynolds and Josh Abbott. With only the first two in each heat plus the two fastest losers to qualify for the final it was going to be tough. The boys ran in the first heat and finished in third place so they had an agonising wait to see if they would go through as a the fastest losers. After watching all the other heats the boys were told that they had qualified as their heat had been exceptionally fast. As fourth fastest qualifying team they were in the final. Not wasting their opportunity they all put in a great performance which saw them finish in third place taking an incredible 11 seconds off the time of their morning run in an excellent 7 minutes and 33 seconds winning them the bronze medal behind teams from Edinburgh and Pitreavie. Later that afternoon it was the turn of the 4 x100m relay team. Representing the Chirnside club this time was Harry Fuller, Jamie Kinghorn, Josh Abbott and Cameron Fowler in his first outing for the ‘Chasers, where Cameron at only 10 years old was competing against 12 year old boys. The boys ran in the second heat which they won in an impressive 55.91 seconds taking them through to the final as second fastest qualifiers. In the final the boys ran exceptionally well but just couldn’t match the speed of the winners Edinburgh AC; however, they finished in an excellent 2nd place taking the silver medal in a time of 55.81 seconds. After competing against some of the largest club teams from all over Scotland the Chirnside Chasers lads brought home medals in two events, which is an incredible result. For a club the size of the ‘Chasers to come away with any medals from a national event is a truly fantastic achievement so for Josh Abbott and Jamie Kinghorn who ran in both events and each won two medals it was a truly exceptional day.