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Olympian is special guest at Lanercost Cross Country competition

Brendan Foster started the races at Lanercost Cross Country Credit: ITV News Border

200 schoolchildren competing in the 14th annual Lanercost Cross Country competition were joined by Olympian and Great North Run founder Brendan Foster. The former long-distance runner, who won bronze in the 10,000 metre event at the 1976 Olympics started the races which took place in the fields around Lanercost Priory.

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He founded the Great North Run, which is the biggest annual running event in the UK. The event at Lanercost was slightly smaller, but hundreds of family, friends and even ferrets turned out to cheer on the runners, who were aged between 3 and 11 years old.

A ferret called Stanley was among those cheering on the runners Credit: ITV News Border

Border counties rally returns to its routes for this year

Around 100 rally crews have been arriving in the Borders for the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship. The event is usually held in forests on each side of the border, but there's been big changes for this year.

It's also the first rally in the Borders since three people were killed on the Jim Clark Rally last year- so there's been a lot of emphasis on safety, as Lori Carnochan reports:

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Pupils learn about the rally

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Pupils at Howdenburn Primary in Jedburgh have been learning all about rally. After a safety demonstration, they were allowed up close and personal with the cars.

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Jedburgh Abbey will provide a stunning backdrop for the rally's ceremonial start on Saturday morning.

Rally fever hits Jedburgh

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Around 100 rally crews are arriving in Jedburgh for the Border Counties rally. The event is the second round of the Scottish Rally Championship and is being held across forests around Tweed Valley for the first time since the late 1990s.

Competitors will rally over 45 stage miles, with the quickest driver crowned the overall winner on Saturday afternoon.

The rally is the first to be held in the Borders since three people were killed in June at the Jim Clark Rally. Organisers are urging spectators to listen to all safety marshals and to only stand in designated spectator areas.

Castle Douglas driver Jock Armstrong is favourite going into the event, after winning the season opener, the Snowman Rally, last month. However, he'll face tough competition from five-time Scottish champion David Bogie, aswell as Kirtlebridge's Mike Faulkner.

Stuart Lancaster 'absolutely gutted' over St Bees school closure

Stuart Lancaster has told ITV News he's 'absolutely gutted' about the closure of his former school. The England rugby coach developed his love of the game at St Bees school on the west Cumbrian coast.

Governors announced on Friday the independent school in west Cumbria will close in the summer due to falling students numbers.

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Three points for the Blues

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Carlisle picked up a valuable three points in their relegation fight with a 2-0 victory away at Northampton Town last night.

After a goalless first half, Jason Kennedy put the Blues ahead when he slotted in Kyle Dempsey's pass.

Dempsey soon doubled the advantage heading home from David Amoo's cross.

Northampton's best chances saw James Gray's header saved by Dan Hanford and Brendon Moloney firing over the bar.

The result saw Carlisle move three points clear of the relegation zone.

2015 Tour of Britain route unveiled tonight

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World class cycling is returning to the region this September with two stages of the 2015 Tour of Britain taking place in parts of Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

In 2013 over 70 thousand people turned out to watch some of the world's best cyclists tackle the course including the 3000 metre climb up Honister Pass. As well as boosting the local economy by £4 million, cycling events like this have increased people's passion for amateur cycling.

Exact details of the routes won't be officially unveiled until later this evening.

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