Borders XC

Series 2019/20

Real  Cross Country 

Important note:

It is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s

Borders Cross Country Series 2020/21.

Back in March when we were at Chirnside for the presentation round, we could not have anticipated that this day would come. But over the last few months we have all had to adjust to a new normal.

We have been continually assessing the situation over the last three months, consulting with government bodies, agencies and stakeholders,  there is still too much uncertainty as to when events will be allowed to take place and also what the restrictions will be.

The health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, marshals are at the heart of everything we do and will always remain our priority. We feel it is our responsibility to protect everyone involved, including our emergency services and local community who have always been so supportive.

Finally, we are considering holding a single borders cross country race in early spring but that’s only if the situation allows. We will confirm details later in the year.

Borders XC Chirnside Presentation round 8th March 2020








Borders XC 2019/2020 Information

Borders XC Presentation Round Chirnside Sunday 8th March 2020

Chirnside Chasers are proud to welcome everyone to the presentation round of the Borders XC series Sunday 8th March 2020 at Chirnside.

Junior race starts 11:30am
Senior Race starts 12:00 noon.
Presentation of trophy’s from 1:15pm

Chirnside Chasers one of Scotland’s friendliest clubs have set up a fast-runnable course that they hope you will enjoy. The junior route is in blue with the senior route carrying onto the red route before re-joining back and completing the blue junior route.

It’s been an excellent series this year with some fantastic performances from both senior and junior runner across the age categories. The organisers would be delighted if you can come along and give a cheer to your fellow runners at this year’s presentations starting from 1:15pm in the Chirnside community centre.

The community centre (with Toilet Facilities) it’s over the road from the football pitch and just a couple of minute walk to the start/finish will be open for junior tag collection. Refreshments will also be available in the community centre before and after the race. We ask you to remove any dirty footwear before entering.

With many people currently doing the series parking could be an issue unless everyone is sensible. Please respect the residents in the village and don’t park over drive ways or block the road etc.

Please note the Dunbar race scheduled for the 23rd March 2020 has been cancelled. The good news is that everyone can count the cancelled Dunbar race as one of the four towards your medal. For example, if you have run only two races and then run at Chirnside you will be eligible for a medal.

Seniors Shoe tags are to be returned after your last race. Hand in at the Finish or Race Control.
If you post your chip to Ted Finch, 4 Bickerton Crofts, Hens Nest Road East Whitburn, EH47 8RX please pack the chip carefully and use the correct postage. (A second class letter stamp is not sufficient.) Non returned chips will be charged at £20.

Borders Cross County Series Round 6 Minto Golf Club TD9 8SA. 

Sunday 2nd Feb 2020

Teviotdale Harriers are looking forward to hosting the next leg of the Borders Cross Country Series at Minto on Sunday 2nd February. We have made some minor changes to the route this year – with the adult course heading around Fatlips first , before looping down in to Minto Glen- which hopefully makes overtaking early in the race easier, and the Junior route is a little shorter this year and includes a loop alongside the golf course.

For those of you using  sat nav  the post code for the golf club house is  TD9 8SA.

Minto is a small village just north of Denholm, .For ease of parking we advise drivers to arrive via Denholm – so  turn at Denholm village green taking the B6405 road  and follow this  road around the side of the green, swing right  past the garage and then swing sharply left still following the B6405 road across a stone bridge  and take either the first right ( signposted Deanfoot Farm) or second right (signposted Minto Golf Course)  and park on the left of either of these long straight roads, as the golf course car park will fill up quickly. Allow a 15 minute walk to Minto Golf Course Club House from the parking areas . Please do not park in Minto Village.

Junior runners please remember to collect your timing chips from registration which is within Minto Golf Club House. Please show your support to the golf club who are selling hot drinks and soup ,and  after the race hot meat  rolls also.  Minto Golf Course has a Sunday Carvery also now,  which is excellent value at £10 but diners should please book in advance by telephoning Scott Daley on 07540 340 520 .Unfortunately there are no showering facilities at Minto Golf Course and please remember to remove all muddy footwear  before entering the club house. The toilets are within the clubhouse.     

 The junior race will start at 11:30 am , and the adult race at 12 noon. Both routes start and finish next to  Minto Golf Club house .The junior route is about 2.6 km. The adult route is about 6.5 km, with about 150 m of gain including a steady climb towards Fatlips castle. The routes will be clearly marked. There are 2 cattle grids on the adult route with gates alongside. Please do not cross the cattle grids but use the gates which will  be held open and will be marshalled.

Teviotdale Harriers are hugely grateful to  Lord Minto, and Mr and Mrs Benson at Old Parr House ,  Mr and Mrs Dickson at Minto Glen , Mr James Manners at Deanfoot , Mr and Mrs Palmer at Hill House,  and the Golf Council and staff of Minto Golf Club  who have all kindly given their permission and assisted in this event.

Please note our route permission is for the day of the Borders Cross Country Run only, and parts of the route are used for shooting in season , and become overgrown and almost impassable in summer so please do not “recce” the route .

For those wishing to visit Fatlips Castle after both races we recommend accessing the castle  up the marked footpath from near “Well Sykes” on the route map, where there is a small car park although only space for around 6 vehicles .Simply drive back towards Denholm  on the B6405 but just before reaching the road bridge turn left  along a minor road marked Deanfoot . Carry along the road for about 1.8 miles passing Deanfoot Farm and a small lodge on your left and you will then see the castle above the craigs on your left .The next woodland on the left  after the lodge has a loose stony track leading to the small car park with a sign pointing to Fatlips. The climb uphill from the car park is the same path as the adult cross country run route followed, but continues on to the castle, and is about a mile. We plan to have the key for the castle and the views are usually fantastic. You may wish to have a torch if you visit the castle.     

Borders XC series @ Paxton House.

Sunday 12th January 2020.

Junior race 11:30am. Senior race 12noon.

Once again we look forward to welcoming everyone to Paxton House for the NRC round of the Border XC series. Thanks must go to the Home-Robertson family for generously continuing to allow us access to the surrounding farm/woodlands. As ever we are grateful to the staff in the tearoom for letting us use it for registration, they will also be open from 10amserving teas, coffee, soup, rolls etc. please show them your support.

At the moment it looks as if we will be able to use the grass area beside the house for parking but in the event of poor weather we will revert to parking on the drive & roadsides, please park where instructed and allow enough time for a 10 min walk/jog. Car share where possible and above all please avoid parking on the mown verges near the farm & entrance to Paxton House.

Both Senior & Junior routes will consist of the usual mixture of parkland, fields, stream crossing(s) depending on the weather, woodland/riverside paths. At the moment it looks as if there will be more stoor than glaur (never seen it so dry!)

Seniors please pay particular attention to the Junior race as their course will be your first lap before heading off on your second loop! 

Maps will be displayed in the Courtyard on the day.

In order that we continue to be made welcome at Paxton House……PLEASE park where directed, when warming up stick to the marked route on the farm/woodland and try to avoid using the toilets whilst wearing muddy footwear.

Please note that under no circumstance will washing shoes in the toilets be tolerated!!!


Good Luck to everyone running at PEEBLES race 4 Sunday 15th Dec  2019. Haylodge Park Peebles
Juniors Start 11:30 am Seniors Start 12 Noon
Please consider using the car parks in the town, this is only a 10 min walk/jog to Haylodge park.  Parking at Hay Lodge is limited to about 50 cars, please park considerately.





Tweed Striders look forward to welcoming you to their leg of the Borders XC at Spittal.  In order to ensure the event goes as smoothly as possible for all (runners, spectators, volunteers, local residents), we would ask you to take some time to readthese brief notes.


Car parking : there is a large car park on the left hand-side of Sandstell Road as you approach Spittal Point and there is plenty of on-street parking in Spittal but, if parking on-street, please ensure you do not block driveways etc.


Both races will start on the beach at Spittal Point.  The beach can be accessed from St Helen’s Terrace (north end of SpittalProm) : from St Helen’s Terrace, go down the walkway on to the beach, turn to your left and walk back along the beach to the start.


The junior race will start at 11.30 am and senior race at 12 noon.  There will be a warning whistle 5 minutes before the start of each race and the athlete briefing for both will be on the beach at the start line.  However, in the event of “the unexpected “, Tweed Striders reserve the right to amend race start times (and courses) as necessary.  


We are hoping to have refreshments available (tea, coffee, bacon / egg rolls, soup) provided either by the local youth group or Forte Broscatering van.  There are public toilets further along the Prom, behind the arcade just after the Bowling Club.  There are also public toilets in Berwick town centre (Eastern Lane and Woolmarket).


For route details please see the links below :


Junior Race :


Senior Race :





Borders Cross Country Gala Leg Round 2


17th  November 2019


The seniors who have still to collect their chip and bib number together with  Junior chip/tag collection will be in Focus Centre Livingstone Place, Galashiels, TD1 1DQ Open from 10:30 am. Toilets / Refreshments and post-race soup and a roll will also be in the Focus centre.


Tea / Coffee    £1


Soup Roll        £2


The start will be a short walk from the Focus Centre to Gala policies next to Galashiels swimming pool TD1 1DQ.


Junior Race starts 11:30 am approx. 2 miles


Senior Race starts 12:00 noon approx. 3.75 miles


James Curran Memorial Trophy
On behalf of the Curran family, Gala Harriers will be presenting the James Curran memorial trophies to first senior Gala Harrier male and first senior Gala Harriers Female. The presentation will be in the Focus Centre shortly after the senior race.


James Curran (Gala Harrier) born Jan 7,  1880 –  died Feb 7, 1963  Athlete and athletics coach, best known for travelling to America and training five Olympic gold medallists.


There will be a limited number of parking spaces at Galashiels Academy, you can also park within the town and walk up to the start area. Please do not park at the swimming pool as local swimmers require this space.




Lauder round 1 3rd November 2019


Please read the following information carefully so we can all enjoy the day.


With around 500 people expected on the day PARKING could be an issue unless everyone is sensible. DO NOT PARK ON THE A68. We will NOT be supervising car parking as we assume that you will use common sense and park appropriately. Please make every effort to fill your car with other runners, be patient. and arrive in plenty time by 10.30. Car parking in the Health Centre Car Park is reserved for emergency vehicles and race marshals and organisers. There is no parking around the very narrow roads around the park. The main parking (60 plus spaces) can be accessed by following the sign for Stow from the A68 and turn left (signposted Primary School). Please park in the marked bays in the car park and primary school car park, and on the left-hand side of the route opposite the houses. Do NOT block any resident’s access. Please follow the following guidance as there is plenty of parking within the village all within a 10-minute walk of the public park where registration and the start/finish is located. 


From Edinburgh and the North turn first right before the filling station and park on the bays around the recycling area (20 places) or first right past the filling station for on-road parking around Brownsmuir Park, taking care not to block residents’ entrances. From the South take the first left after the 30 miles an hour sign and park on street in Lauderdale Drive, again taking care not to block entrances. From the minor road from Galashiels the Southern Upland way car park can accommodate about 20 cars. If you plan to go for lunch/drink at the Lauderdale Hotel please inform them if you wish to use their car park. 


Public toilets are available in the Main Square in Lauder and in the football pavilion where refreshments will be available for a small charge. For those new to Lauder there are numerous places to enjoy a coffee and all thelocal hotels serve meals at lunchtime.
This series has a history of friendly and competitive rivalry and we look forward to hosting the first round again this year.
Graeme Sutherland
Lauderdale Limpers Running Club



The Junior race will start at 1130am and the Senior race will start at 12:00 noon, The times are the same for every round.

LAUDER Sunday 3rd November 2019. Registration 


 Galashiels Sunday 17th November 2019


 Spittal Beach Sunday 1st December 2019


 Peebles Sunday 15th December 2019


 Paxton Sunday 12th January 2020


 Hawick Sunday 2nd February 2020


 Dunbar Sunday 23rd February 2020 Cancelled

Important not due to circumstances beyond our control the Dunbar leg of the Borders Cross Country Series to be held on the 23rd February 2020 is now cancelled. Out payment arrangement will remain the same.

Chirnside Sunday 8th March 2020  (Presentation only round)

Highlights from Lauder Start 2017