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The Mighty Deerstalker race

Ten years ago an adventure events company was given a brief of showcasing all that the Borders has to offer to a greater number of tourists.

They came up with The Mighty Deerstalker - an obstacle race, run over rough terrain, up and down hills, and through rivers.

300 people came to the first run - a decade on there were around 3000 taking part. Fiona Marley Paterson was among them.


Inquest into death of security contractor begins

Paul McGuigan and his mother Corrine Boyd-Russell Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of a security contractor who was shot by a colleague in Iraq has begun.

Paul McGuigan, whose mother Corrine is from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, was killed in 2009.

Dan Fitzsimons is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence in Iraq for the deaths of Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare.

Borders artwork explores Scottish identity

The Debatable Land by Peter Sacks Credit: ITV Border

Artwork depicting images of the First Minister of Scotland, Britain's Prime Minister, Westminster and Holyrood has gone on display at Traquair House in Peebleshire.

'The Debatable Land' is a collage featuring poems, quotes and pictures relevant to the history of Scotland.

The artwork is by former poet and Harvard Professor Peter Sacks.

Alex Salmond and David Cameron feature in the artwork Credit: ITV Border
Quotes, excerpts and material from Traquair House feature Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's oldest home hosts international discussion

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house is a gathering place for world cultures to meet, talk and exchange ideas on the most pressing issues of our time, through discussion, art and film this weekend.

Traquair House is hosting speakers from around the world, who are discussing current international conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine among others.

Observers and peacemakers will be discussing how Scotland can be a greater force for good in the world.

Expert voices with experience of global conflict zones, from BBC correspondent Alan Little to the former UN High Commissioner Sir Kieran Prendergast, are taking part.

Beyond Borders: Art and literature at Traquair

A festival that 'travels beyond borders' is taking place in one of Scotland's oldest homes this weekend.

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting art exhibitions, a film festival, lectures, dialogues, literary walks, cycle rides talks and debates during the two-day Beyond Borders festival.

Among those featuring at the festival are war photographer Paul Conroy and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Scotland's place in the world and international conflicts are among the topics to be discussed.


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

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
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