A NEW athletics initiative, the Scottish Borders Hill Race Weekend, with three races on three consecutive days, is fast approaching.

And the tri-series has already received support from the Glentress Hotel near Peebles.

With the established Cademuir Rollercoaster in Peebles and Philiphaugh Hill Race in Selkirk this year falling on the same weekend of Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, the race organisers, Moorfoot Runners and Selkirk Fund Runners, joined forces to promote the Scottish Borders Hill Race Weekend.

And adding to the attraction, and the challenge, is a brand new short uphill only race, the Meigle Hill Race, on the Friday evening organised by Gala Harriers.

Gregor Nicholson, organiser of the Cademuir Rollercoaster, said: "We have three races - short, medium and long - on three consecutive days over one weekend in the beautiful Borders hills, each within easy reach and with junior race options too.

"Cumulative times for those brave enough to take on the challenge of all three races will determine who is crowned King and Queen of the Borders Hills."

This week the Glentress Hotel threw its weight behind the tri-race series with sponsorship.

Hotelier Alex Nisbet said: "I know from my own former running experience, which includes the Rollercoaster, what a wonderful environment we have here in the Scottish Borders for hill running.

"Fantastic routes, beautiful scenery and a friendly welcome await those who give it a try.

"So we are pleased to help by sponsoring awards for the King and Queen of the Borders Hills for whoever has the fastest cumulative time across all three races."

Further information on each of the three races is available from Gala Harriers, Moorfoot Runners and Selkirk Fund Runners.