THE cream of Scotland’s cross-country athletes lined up at Callandar Park in Falkirk on Saturday.
And two of the team medals came back to the Borders following encouraging performances by many of the Gala Harriers age-group runners.
The Kursheed brothers, Faisal and Yousuf, along with Callun Tharme and Robert Fox claimed silver for the Harriers in the Under 17s race.
Freddie Carcas of Edinburgh broke the tape with Faisal finishing strongly for seventh.
Callum’s 15th place finish, along with Yousuf in 25th and Robert in 68th was enough for second on the podium behind Kilbarchan.
Gala’s other athlete Struan Brown kept on strongly for 88th.
The Gala Harriers Under 17 Women missed out on silver by just a single point.
Katie Rourke was first home for the Galashiels team in 16th behind winner Erin Wallace.
Susannah Godfrey-Faussett crossed the line in 19th, two places in front of team-mate and final counter, Zoe Pflug.
Giffnock claimed team gold from Central and Gala.
Elena Heger was in 28th for the Harriers.
Moorfoot athlete Mairi Wallace ran well to take 14th, with her team-mate, Fiona Grant, in 38th and Ishbel Inglis of Teviotdale claimed 45th.
Olympic marathon hero Callum Hawkins won the senior men’s race.
Jacob Adkin from Peebles, who runs for Edinburgh University, was the first Borderer home in the 650-strong field to take 23rd.
Darrell Hastie led the Gala Harriers team to 11th team with his individual 35th place finish.
Marcus D’Agrosa finished 60th, Graeme Murdoch 110th, and Craig Mattocks 174th.
Greg Walker led home the Teviotdale Harriers charge in 106th.
Hawick’s Louise Mercer showed up well in the senior women’s race to finish in 13th behind Morag MacLarty.
Kirstin Maxwell finished 43rd in the vest of Gala Harriers, with her team-mates Sara Green finishing 81st, Kate Jenkins in 83rd and Dawn Grant in 201st.
Kirsty Hughes was first home for Teviotdale in 234th.
Heriot student Thomas Otton was 12th in the Under 20s race with Gavin Bryson from Lauder in 20th.
The race was won by former Harrier Broc Drury, who now runs for Aberdeen.
The consistent Gregor Collins from Gala Harriers claimed an excellent seventh in the Under 13 Boys race behind Harry Henriksen of Lasswade.
Ewan Christie also ran well for 10th. Thomas MacAskill finished 40th for Teviotdale with Gala’s Euan McConnell in 64th.
The Under 13 girls from Moorfoot finished eighth team with Emily Carrick-Anderson 29th, Esme Minto 30th, Megan Hobbs 67th and Christina McGorum 70th.
Fraser Clyne from Teviotdale was 13th in the Under 15s Boys race behind Giffnock’s Hamish Arnott.
Ethan Elder was 26th for the Moorfoots club with his training partner Craig Angus back in 39th.
Lewis Tharme finished 51st for Gala Harriers with fellow Harrier Jake Shepherd in 116th.
Beth Hobbs finished well to claim 22nd in the Under 15s Girls behind Lily Evans-Heggarty of Glasgow.
Eilidh Mooney and Charlotte Morrison finished in 67th and 71st respectively for the Moorfoots.
Lucy Ash of Teviotdale finished 77th with team-mate Carly Blaikie in 106th.
Gala Harriers would like to thank Perryman’s for their sponsorship which enabled a large number of athletes and supporters to attend the national event.