Borders, Dumfries & Galloway

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BORDAG Countryside

When speaking to runners from both the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, it is soon apparent that there’s something captivating about this part of the country. Beautiful landscapes mean that runners can enjoy world-class trail runs right on their doorstep.

Established clubs such as Gala Harriers and Dumfries Running Club sit alongside newer, outfits like Kelso Crawlers and Lauderdale Limpers with their emphasis on inclusion. We speak to Graeme Sutherland from the Limpers as he tells us how the club set the trend for a series of alliterative, self-deprecating club names.

Speaking of alliteration, the jogscotland group, Chirnside Chasers, are becoming well-known, winning Group of the Year at last year’s jogscotland Awards. Other established groups in the area include JogEarlston with many of its members competing in events ranging from 5ks to full marathons.

We speak to Joanne Ackland of jogscotland Morton Milers and find out that through the Thornhill group she has discovered a love of running that she wasn’t aware of in her native Glasgow.

For retailers, Knox Sports continues to ensure runners in Dumfries are kitted out with the latest gear from its great position on the Whitesands overlooking the River Nith. The family run shop stocks all the top brands and offers advice on training, equipment and local races.

While the area doesn’t boast mega events on the same scale as races in the central belt, there is a large selection of locally run and well-supported events to take part in. Major races include Jedburgh Running Festival, Dumfries Half Marathon, and the Stranraer Half Marathon and 10K.


In this section of the site runABC Scotland focuses on the Borders including Dumfries and Galloway - its clubs, running groups, facilities and services.


The best way to improve your running - join one of the north-east's active running clubs.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


The sports centres and health & fitness clubs.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.