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Record deerstalker race entries in Innerleithen

Deerstalker race
Organisers hope to attract 2,500 racers to this year's event at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders

A fancy-dress race for runners dressed in tweed or wearing deerstalkers has attracted record numbers.

The Deerstalker and Mighty Deerstalker races, which start and finish at Traquair House in Innerleithen, have received nearly 2,000 entries.

Figures have risen steadily for the Tweed Valley event, which will run for the fourth time on 20 March.

Racers cross icy rivers, battle through forests and tackle a range of obstacles throughout the "outlandish" challenge.

The first race in 2007 attracted 609 people but that figure more than doubled to 1,500 last year.

That record has already been broken with nearly 2,000 people signed up for this year's event.

Competitors can take part in either the 5km Deerstalker or 10km Mighty Deerstalker race although both distances are approximate.

Organisers say the real length of both events "will never be revealed".

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