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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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Christine Grahame MSP reacts to mill closure

Christine Grahame MSP has been reacting to the closure of Caerlee Mills in her constituency:

"I have been in touch with the Scottish Government to see if there is some way of ensuring that these skilled employees, who have taken years to develop their skills in textiles, can be redeployed within the borders.''

– Christine Grahame MSP

Attempts to find buyer fail

Liquidators had hoped to secure a new buyer for the mill which produces luxure cashmere goods.When no interest was expressed the decision to cease trading with immediate effect was made.

Three staff are being retained in the short term to assist winding down the business.

This is another damaging blow to the Borders textile industry which is being squeezed by competition from cheaper foreign imports.

Blair Nimmo of liquidators KPMG said:

Despite our best efforts to secure the sale of the mill we have been left with no option other than to cease all operations with immediate effect.

“Unfortunately 33 of the company’s 36 employees have been made redundant, with three staff being retained in the short term to assist in winding down the business.

“We would like to thank staff for their co-operation through this difficult process. "We will be working with employees to ensure that support to find alternative employment is available for all those who need it.”

– Blair Nimmo, KPMG
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