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St Ronan's Games: Kirkin' Cermony

The 187th St Ronan's Games week got underway today with the Kirkin' Ceremony at Innerleithen Church.

The Cleikum Ceremonies, which began in 1901, remember St Ronan, who folklore has it brought Christianity to the region.

School children were involved by dressing up in costume during a parade, led by St Ronan's Brass Band.

St Ronan's Band play on Innerleithen High Street Credit: ITV Border
Principals and children at the ceremony Credit: ITV Border
Alexander Paterson, this year's Dux, represents St. Ronan Credit: ITV Border
School children in costume Credit: ITV Border

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St Ronan's Games service at Innerleithen

People gather outside Innerleithen Church Credit: ITV

A service is being held at Innerleithen Church as part of St Ronan's Games Week.

The 150-year festival is thought to include the biggest games anywhere in Scotland.

The St Ronan's Standard Bearer and Lass are joined by principals from other Border towns at the service.

Local children were among those following St Ronan's Brass Band through the town's High Street this morning.

Tweed Valley puts runners to the test

Thousands of people battled the Tweed Valley at weekend in the “The Mighty Deerstalker” event.

It's the toughest off road run in the UK and is run by adventure sports company Rat Race.

3,500 people took part in “The Mighty Deerstalker" challenge at Traquair House Credit: Andy McCandlish

It features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including “The Rack”, “The Scree” and “The Tunnel”.

It's the 8th year the competition has taken place Credit: Andy McCandlish

People can chose to take part either as an individual or as a team. They can then choose between the 5K Deerstalker or the 10K Mighty Deerstalker course.

It's run by adventure sports company, Rat Race Credit: Andy McCandlish
Competitors dress up in tweed when they take part Credit: Andy McCandlish
The 10K Mighty Deerstalker race sees competitors finish the race in the dark Credit: Andy McCandlish

Thousands run in gruelling Innerleithen race

More than 3,000 people battled the Tweed Valley at weekend in the “The Mighty Deerstalker” event.

Run by Rat Race, an adventure sports company, it's toughest off road run in the UK.

The event, which is now in it's 8th year, starts and finishes at the historic Traquair House, Innerleithen.

It features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including “The Rack”, “The Scree” and “The Tunnel”.

People can chose to take part either as an individual or as a team. They can then choose between the 5K Deerstalker or the 10K Mighty Deerstalker course.

“The Mighty Deerstalker is one of our toughest events as competitors not only have to deal with a gruelling course, but they must do so in complete darkness. There was also a fantastic atmosphere on the run as competitors were dressed in tartan and tweed”.

– Jim Mee, creator of the Mighty Deerstalker

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200 new homes for Scottish Borders

200 new affordable homes will be built in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a visit to a new housing development in Innerleithen.

The homes will be delivered by the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council.

Mrs Burgess also officially opened the 24 home development at James Hogg Court in Innerleithen, delivered by Tweed Homes through the Scottish Government's National Housing Initiative.

Shop robbery in Innerleithen

Police are appealing for witnesses after a shop in Innerleithen was robbed.

The incident happened at 8.20pm at the Premier Store in Ballantyre Street on Sunday night (22nd September).

A man entered the shop, threatened staff with a knife and stole a three-figure sum of money.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, stocky build, wearing a waist length dark coat with the hood up and a white woolly hat.

He spoke with a local accent.

"This was a terrifying experience for the staff to endure and we are eager to trace the person responsible as soon as possible.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area who witnessed anything suspicious or who recognises the description of the suspect to come forward."

– Detective Sergeant Colin Chalmers, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

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