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Ryan Mania paid tribute to the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust

Grand National hero Ryan Mania paid tribute to the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust as he helped hand out the medals at Friday's Meigle Fun Run. Despite a hectic schedule for the Clovenfords jockey, whose reign as Braw Lad officially ends on Friday when his successor is named, 23-year-old Ryan still made time to visit the Run, organised by Gala Harriers to raise cash for the trust.

Ryan said: "It is great what the trust is doing. I have no doubt there are some future jockeys, rugby and football players taking part in the run today. "It would be fantastic to think that I have inspired a youngster from Galashiels and shown them that anything is possible. "It is really not easy for young people to afford to play sport, and without the help of my mum and dad I could not have done it. "I am looking forward to getting back to normality and am desperate to get back racing," added Ryan, who looks set to team up with Auroras Encore this Saturday in the Scottish National at Ayr.

Kelso's Colin Welsh claimed the senior trophy for the three mile race in 17 minutes, eight seconds, beating team-mate Graeme Murdoch who was the reigning champion.

Overall, 200 runners took part, including many youngsters in the junior fun run around Gala Cricket Club pitch. In total, over £1,100 for the charity, which welcomes applications from young sporting talent from across the Scottish Borders - visitwww.rowanbolandmemorialtrust.co.uk for more details. Ryan also signed a canvas-sized photo of himself on board Auroras Encore after his Grand National triumph, which is set to be auctioned at the trust's sports dinner on August 8.

Other results: 1st Female - F. Dalgleish, 20.08; 1st Male Vet Over 50 - D. Nightingale, 20.19; 1st Female Vet Over 40 - J. Forbes, 20.29; 1st Junior Male, J. Agnew - 20.18; 1st Junior Female - R. Fagan, 25.23.

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