Rowan's race helps other youngsters achieve their goals
A TOTAL of 300 runners and walkers of all ages and abilties took part in a fun run in memory of a sports mad school boy from Galashiels last month - and together they raised £1800.
The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust organised the 2012 Meigle Hill Run and Junior Fun Run in association with local running club, Gala Harriers, at the town's Cricket Club on Friday, April 27.
It was set up in memory of the former Balmoral Primary School pupil who died while playing at cricket near his home in Galashiels aged nine and offers other junior sports people, living in the TD1 postal code area, assistance to enable them to further their sporting careers, whatever their chosen sport.
A total of 230 entrants took part in the three mile Meigle Hill race, which started and finished at Gala Cricket Club - including a number of Gala Rugby Club's Scottish Cup winning squad and the Borders Barmy Army, who ran the race in their kilts.
And 70 children also donned their running shoes for a junior fun run round Victoria Park.
Local runner Graeme Murdoch, a member of Gala Harriers, retained the senior trophy after winning the inaugural event last year. However, he was run close by 15-year-old Rowan Marr who pushed him all the way.
Rowan's dad David Boland told the Border Telegraph: "I think everyone had a great night.
"We had been worried we may have to cancel it with the bad weather we had in the lead up to it but it cleared just in time." And he added: "We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way for their tremendous support."
The results were as follows: 1st, Graeme Murdoch, 17.16; 2nd, Rowan Marr, 17.53; 3rd, Graham Manczak, 18.09; 4th, Mark Bryson, 18.11. First Female: Gillian Duncan, 21.11. First Female Vet: Fiona Shepherd, 22.34. First Male Vet: David Nightingale, 20.34. First Junior: Rowan Marr, 17.53.
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 15 May 12
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