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At A Glance Lauderdale Limpers

Lauderdale Limpers

Graeme Sutherland tells us how Lauderdale Limpers were formed after a few pints at a pub in Edinburgh and have since gone on to attract a Scottish Hill Running Champion!

Who are Lauderdale Limpers? A running club based in Lauderdale in the Borders and formed in 1997. The club came about after four of us ran the Edinburgh 10K and went for a few beers afterwards. It was then that we thought it would be fun to start our own club. It’s just grown from there.

When do you meet? Tuesday nights at 7:30pm in Lauder Park.

Why Lauderdale Limpers? We came up with the name in training as one of us would always have an excuse for not coming. It’s quite self deprecatory and seemed to catch on. We’ve set a trend as there are other clubs have formed in the area with similarly alliterative names (Chirnside Chasers, Kelso Crawlers). Despite our name, we’re definitely not a club of underachievers. We have Scottish Champions, and hill running champions amongst our ranks!

How many members? We have about 60 seniors and 50 juniors. The youngest senior is 16, but runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. We have a new members night on 22 April.

Any notable members? Well known members have included Scottish Hill Running Champion, Ronnie Gallagher, and international hill runner, John Wilkinson. One to watch is Adam Craig, he’s taking part in the senior cross-country series and has a big future in the sport.

Do you organise any events? Yes! We have the Breakfast Run every month on a Sunday. We also have the Black Hills race which is very popular, it’s scheduled to take place on 5 July this year. There’s the Two Pubs Race on 17 June - which is an off-road race that goes from a pub in Lauder and along an old railway line before going back to Lauder. Most of the entry fee is put back into the food and drink afterwards, so it’s worth doing for that alone! We also organise the first race in the Eastern Borders Cross Country series.

What kind of sessions do you do? We usually do about three to five miles. Everyone completes the distance so you don’t have to run at too high a pace if you don’t want to. It’s a fantastic area for running, some say it’s the middle of nowhere and the middle of everywhere. You can do road runs without any traffic, lots of great loops too. It’s very scenic, with views of the Southern Uplands and the River Leader, the routes aren’t always easy on the legs but are easy on the eye.

Which events do you take part in? The Feel the Burns Race in Selkirk is a particular favourite. My son took part in that this year and came 12th. A group up of us usually goes to Skye for the half marathon and the Highland Perthshire Half Marathon in September is also popular. We’re ideally located for going down to race in the north of England and enjoy taking part in the Northumberland Coastal Run in July.

How do I find out more about the Limpers? Everyone is welcome! For more information email