A REMARKABLE 123 athletes of all abilities completed this year's Run Off the Christmas Pudding race around Melrose.

The tough eight-miles course attracted runners from across the Borders.

But it was a Gala Harriers one-two in the men's race with Gary Trewartha, in a time of 53:30.2, beating Brain Atchison in 54.03 to the line.

Colin Williams from the Moorfoot Runners was a further two minutes back in third.

Lisa MacDonald broke the course record as she finished in 56.16.4.

Gillian Carr from the Moorfoot Runners was second in with Lauderdale Limper Chloe Summerfield claiming third in a time of

The fastest Melrose Football Club parent was Douglas Ireland from JogEarlston in

The hilly trail race took runners from Melrose Station up to Bowden Moor, through Eildon Woods, past Rhymer's Stone and along Newstead to finish by Melrose Abbey

The race raised a total of £1500 which will be shared between the Melrose Junior Football Club, who provided competitors, marshals and enthusiastic support, Earlston Scout Unit, who provided the welcome buffet at the end, and the Brathay Trust.

A spokeswoman for the race organisers said: "A huge thanks to all those who came along to run, support, marshal, cheer, laugh and help make the event another great success."