Cross Over This Winter
Feel the thrill of a cross country race this winter, courtesy of the Borders Cross Country Winter Series...
Calling all cross country lovers - the season is almost upon is and if you are looking for a fantastic race series to get your teeth (and spikes) stuck into then look no further. The Borders Cross Country Winter Series will return for the 2023/24 season with runners in both Scotland and the north of England catered for across eight races.
The eight races will take place at Lauder (5 November), Peebles (26 November), Spittal Beach (3 December), Paxton House (7 January), Dunbar (21 January), Galashiels (4 February), Duns (18 February) and Denholm (10 March).
The 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 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."
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? Also of note is the final race in the series which is a new venue. Loaning Denholm in Hawick offers runners a farmland course with woodland and some hills!
If you'd like to know more, visit the Borders Cross Country website.
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