IF the annual Heart Burn Hill Race wasn't hard enough each Valentine's weekend, the addition of Storm Dennis made sure only the hardy arrived at the Selkirk starting line on Sunday.

Teviotdale Harrier Keith Murray turned back the clock to lead all the way from the gun to cross the finishing line in 43.16 minutes.

Darren Scott finished strongly to claim runner-up around 90 seconds in front of Les Turnbull.

The tough climbs, mud and strong winds around the Top Pond and Foulshiels made the going difficult.

But Lindsay Dun mastered the conditions well to storm home in the ladies' race with a time of 52.14.

Almost 40 seconds behind in second was Annie Weir with Lindsey Knox and Hannah Francis tying for third.

Although informal compared to the other Selkirk Fund Runners events, the Heart Burn Hill Race still generates plenty rivalry and competition.

And defending their walking race title yet again were brothers Bob and John Black who managed the entire route in 1.15.25.

Andrea and Graham Pogson were next home in the walking race with a time of 1.21.59.

A total of 54 runners and walkers completed the course.

Sheila Cochrane from the organising Selkirk Fund Runners told us: "Due to the waterlogged hills and muddy conditions, the route was shortened slightly but still involved some lung busting climbs.

"Thank you to Selkirk Cricket club who kindly provided a warm haven for the competitors and to Morag and Caroline for serving the teas."

This year's race raised £326.64 for Marie Curie.