x-border 10K

Make a run for the last places at the X-Border 10K

The only England–Scotland race in the calendar returns to its traditional winter date

Scots may have been discouraged from heading across the border on Hogmanay, but hundreds of them will be sprinting towards it in just a few weeks’ time.

The 2022 X-Border 10K will take place on Sunday, 6 February, with this year’s direction of travel set as the Greens of Gretna to Kingmoor Park in Carlisle. A free shuttle bus will take finishers back to the start.

Since its inception, over 7000 runners have taken part in the unique event, now in its 11th edition. 

All runners will receive an XB medal, which organisers Innovation Sports say are ‘renowned for their distinctiveness and style’. There will also be free race photography, with images to be posted on the event’s social media page.

Over 450 runners took part in the event last July, which was postponed from its traditional late winter date. A virtual event was also held in 2020.

Last year’s route ran from Carlisle to Gretna, with Nathan Gray of Border Harriers hurtling across the border in 32.09. His teammate Harry Butler followed in 34.03, with David Holmes of the Border Reiver Runners hot on his heels at 34.08. 

The Border Harriers also claimed top spot on the ladies’ podium, with Fiona Todd arriving at the finish in Carlisle in 39.47.

It is not clear what this year’s race capacity is, but organisers have noted that only 700 medals have been ordered. With entries currently standing at over 500, it follows that only limited places will be remaining at press time.

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