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Cross Country For All

This cross-border winter series is a safe and friendly introduction to cross country running..

A popular series of 'real' cross country races makes its return for the 2022/23 winter season with runners in both Scotland and the north of England catered for at the eight-race extravaganza! The Borders Cross Country Winter Series will get underway on 6 November at its Lauder event and runs until early March when the series comes to an end in Peebles.

The Borders Cross Country Series was started over 30 years ago in order to give all runners, regardless of ability or age, the opportunity to take part in organised (hence safe) cross-country running. A spokesperson from the organising committee said: "The premise behind the series is that all runners are able to experience the joy, excitement and benefits of running cross-country in a friendly, supportive and sociable environment whilst enjoying the magnificent scenery to be found in the Borders, East Lothian and North Northumberland.

"The competitive element has always been – and still remains - secondary to this. In order to preserve this the ethos of the series is very much one of support, friendship and non-competitive rivalry."

The series is organised by the following eight clubs; Chirnside, Dunbar, Gala Harriers, Lauder Limpers, Moorfoot, Norham RC, Teviotdale Harriers and Tweed Striders which is reflected in the locations of the eight races at Lauder (6 November), Dunbar (27 November), Spittal Beach (11 December), Paxton House (8 January), Galashiels (29 January), Duns Castle (12 February), Hawick (19 February) and Peebles (5 March).

There are a few stand-out race locations none more so than Dunbar. Its venue is Torness Power station just east of the town, at the eastern edge of East Lothian. Did you know, it is capable of supplying electricity to over 2.5 million homes in Scotland? A great fact for these energy-obsessed times, I am sure you will agree! The scenic course also takes in Thortonloch and Skateraw coastal areas.

The Chirnside Round will once again be held at Duns Castle, after an inaugural outing earlier this year. The route takes in the wonderful grounds of Duns Castle Estate with some hard gravel trails and tarmac on the course.

You can find out more about all the races on the event website here.

Image: Borders XC Winter Series

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