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First closed-road cycling event in Borders

Tour o' the Borders is to be a closed road event for the first time
Tour o' the Borders is to be a closed road event for the first time Credit: EventScotland

Cyclists will be able to enjoy a popular Borders cycling event traffic free for the first time.

Tour o' the Borders, which began two years ago with just 286 riders, was hugely popular last year with more than 2000 cyclists taking part.

This year will be the first time that the event is completely closed-road.

The route will pass through Peebles, Cardrona, Selkirk, Clovenfords and Roberton, with participants choosing to take in either a 76 or 55 mile circuit.

Dan Wallace flashes his medals

Dan Wallace has won three awards at the Commonwealth Games
Dan Wallace has won three awards at the Commonwealth Games Credit: ITV News Border

Swimmer Dan Wallace, who used to live in Chirnside in the Borders, has been posing with his three medals alongside fellow Scotsman and medal winning swimmer Ross Murdoch.

The 21-year-old has added silver in the 200M Individual Medley yesterday, Tuesday 29 July
The 21-year-old has added silver in the 200M Individual Medley yesterday, Tuesday 29 July Credit: ITV News Border

The 21-year-old came out wearing a kilt to a huge roar at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre yesterday, Tuesday 29 July and went on to take the silver in the 200M Individual Medley.

Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner to sign with Selkirk FC

Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner to sign with Selkirk FC
Former Hibs player Gary O'Conner is set to sign with Selkirk FC Credit: PA

Selkirk Football Club have confirmed that ex Hibernian FC player Gary O'Connor is to sign with the club.

The 31-year-old has also played for Locomotive Moscow and Birmingham City.

The club say O'Connor will be at their friendly match against a Hibs at Yarrow Park today, Wednesday 30 July.

Selkirk's league season kicks off on Saturday with a home match against Threave Rovers.

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Politicians urge public to join 'Great Tweed Trek'

Scottish Borders MP Michael Moore and Council Leader David Parker are encouraging the public to join in with their 97 mile trek along the Tweed.

They'll set off from Tweedsmuir on Monday 25th August, and finish in Berwick on Sunday 30th August.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Day 1 - Tweedsmuir to Bellspool, Distance 16.5m
  • Day 2 - Bellspool to Innerleithen, Distance 13.8m
  • Day 3 - Innerleithen to Melrose, Distance 16.7m
  • Day 4 - Melrose to Kelso, Distance 17.9m
  • Day 5 - Kelso to Norham, Distance 15.7m
  • Day 6 - Norham to Berwick, Distance 9.9m

Report finds children mental health services 'confusing'

A report on children's mental health services in Cumbria has found the system is too confusing for young people and their parents to work out who to see.

It also found waiting times were often too long and not enough money is being spent on children's mental health services.

It's a report that was ordered by Lake District MP Tim Farron after he received a number of complaints about the existing services.

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