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OVER 150 runners tackled the slopes of Meigle Hill again for the Rowan Boland Run

And it was Faisal Khursheed who claimed the 10k overall title, storming home in 35 minutes 52 seconds ahead of fellow Gala Harrier Wayne McIntosh. Joeleen McKeen’s time of 42 minutes 9 seconds saw her claim the ladies cup while Mark Bryson celebrated turning 50 days before the Run by taking the Male Veterans title. Myra Owen took the Female Veterans trophy and Chris Miller’s first Rowan Boland Run ended with victory as first junior boy. The best race of the night came in the 5k, as youngster Gregor Collins held off the challenge of Casey Bunker to win in an impressive time of 18 minutes 53 seconds. Katie Rourke was first junior girl, Eileen Maxwell was triumphant as the female winner and Michael Lackie as first male home. As usual, the junior fun run was well attended, with each child receiving a medal for their efforts from Braw Lad Mark Hood and Braw Lass Alex Mundell. Monies raised from the event go to the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, which helps young sportspeople across the Borders. Chairman David Boland said: “Many thanks to Gala Harriers for their superb work in organising this event which has raised almost £1,000. “It is becoming a real fixture in the running calendar and the 10k race in particular is a challenge to even the most accomplished runners. “Thanks also to Gala Cricket Club for hosting the Run, Douglas Mundell for allowing us access to his fields to carry out the run and well done to all who took part.”

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