AROUND 100 runners enjoyed the annual Icebreaker run co-hosted by Lauderdale Limpers and Gala Harriers, where normal sporting rivalry is suspended for the day.

Perfect running conditions and a choice of 12, 10, 6 or 4 miles attracted runners from both host clubs plus others from further afield, who chose to kick start there new year resolution by joining in this year's run.

The route took runners from Tweedbank running track to Gattonside with an optional detour around Melrose and the chain bridge, before climbing the steep path which marks the beginning of the off road section of the Southern Upland Way.

The route followed the undulating track though farmland and moors with spectacular views over the rolling border countryside passing through Mosshouses and Bluecairn where the numbers were swelled by those choosing to do the shorter routes.

A fast decent into Lauder brought the welcoming aroma of coffee and bacon rolls at The Lauderdale Hotel, where plans were made for future runs and challenges.

For details of both clubs please visit their Facebook pages.