LAST weekend saw the third running of the Abbotsford House trail races.

Organised by Gala Harriers and run with great support from Abbotsford House and generous sponsorship from Tempest Brewery the race has gone from strength to strength.

Over 160 runners completed either the two mile challenge race or five mile trail race around the scenic grounds of Sir Walter Scott's home.

In the Boy's race, over the two miles course, Gregor Collins, Zico Field and Cameron Rankine, all of Gala Harriers, were the first three home to also win the MU17, MU13 and MU15 prizes, respectively.

Oliver Hastie ran well to win the MU11 race.

In a keenly contested Girl's race, over the same course, Isla Paterson won strongly in 14:14 mins, taking the FU15 prize.

Iona Jamieson of Teviotdale Harriers was second in the race, with team-mate Maisie Ballantyne third and winner of the FU17 title.

Erin Gray of Gala Harriers won the FU13 race and Kirsty Rankine also of Gala taking the FU11 win.

Darrell Hastie of Gala Harriers proved too strong in the five miles trail race to take victory in a time of 28:53 minutes.

The Kelso based athlete had just over a minute to spare from Harriers team-mate Graeme Murdoch.

The podium of the Men's race was completed by Ryan Miligan of Teviotdale Harriers in 30:22 minutes.

In the battle of the age categories for the men, Graeme Murdoch took the MV40 win, Ian Maxwell of Gala Harriers the MV50, David Nightingale won the MV60 and Frank Birch took the spoils in the MV70 category.

In the Women's race it was an all-Gala Harriers podium, with Sara Green (33:37) champion, Katy Barden in second (34:51) and Lizzie MacLeish (36:12) taking the bronze medal.

Julia Cunningham of Lasswade Athletic Club was winner of the FV40 category, Lindsay Dun of Gala Harriers and Phyllis O'Brien of HBT took victory in the FV50 and FV60 categories, respectively.

Callum Rhind and Sarah Davenport (Tweed Leader) were winners in the MU20 and FU20 categories.