It was all fun and games when more than 300 children turned out at this year’s Vertish Hill Sports last weekend.
Unlike last year’s event, the 136th edition of the games saw a high turnout, with 317 youngsters taking part in its procession.
That parade was led by Hawick Drum and Fife Band, Hawick Saxhorn Band and Hawick Scout Pipe Band and left from Northcote Street at 1pm to the games at top of Vertish Hill.
On completion of the parade along the Howegate, the Loan and Rosebank Road, each child received £3.
Frank Scott, president of the sports day’s committee, said: “On behalf of my committee, can I thank everyone who helped make this years sports a huge success.
“A huge thank-you is due to the children who competed on the hill.
“They were well dressed and polite and are a credit to their parents and to the town.”
Hawick Cornet George Ali also joined in the fun during the parade and later handed out prizes to the winners.
Some 23 boys under the age of five took part in races, and each received £1, as did the 18 girls under five who raced.
All participants were said to be a credit to their schools on Saturday, but Stirches Primary School was triumphant, picking up the title of champion school, with pupils Eli Hamilton and Georgie Morgan winning the trophies for champion boy and champion girl.
Successful races were also had by Cole Davidson, victor in the boys’ age-five race, and Chloe McLeod, who came first in the girls race of that age group.
Vertish Hill Sports began in 1882 as a kite-flying competition for boys under the age of 16. Now the annual event is held on a Saturday at the end of June and is made up of a mix of games and races, including an egg-and-spoon race and sack race.
Boys and Girls Race winners
Boys age five: 1, Cole Davidson; 2, Max Vevers.
Girls age five: 1, Chloe McLeod; 2, Ellie Cowan; 3, Chloe Walker.
Boys age six: 1, Callum Stevenson; 2, Kai Telfer; 3, Jayden McGregor.
Girls age six: 1, Ava Stewart; 2, Cindy Wei; 3, Derri Farmer.
Boys age seven: 1, Kyle Anderson; 2, Liam Riddell; 3, Zak Marsh.
Girls age seven: 1, Demi Hogg; 2, Lily Sharkey; Tess Carmichael.
Boys age eight: 1, Charlie Playford; 2, Ben Shiel; 3, Rory Swinton.
Girls age eight: 1, Carra McLeod; 2, Gracie Telfer; 3, Emma Philbin.
Boys age nine: 1, Connor McLeod; 2, Samuel Fenech; 3, Louis Bonini.
Girls age nine: 1, Carla Bonini; 2, Brooke Hogg; 3, Allie Carmichael.
Boys age ten: 1, Filip Kubicki; 2, Toby Gracie; 3, Jardine Vevers.
Girls age ten: 1, Erin Landles; 2, Maddi Patterson; 3, Sophie Swan.
Boys age eleven: 1, Connor Elliot; 2, Riley Muir; 3, Jack Turnbull.
Girls age eleven: 1, Lana Stanger, Ava Short, Emma Rae.
Boys age twelve: 1, Eli Hamilton; 2, Corbin Cumming; 3, Scott Geddes.
Girls age twelve: 1, Georgie Morgan; 2, Danica Murphy.
Boys relay race: 1, Stirches Primary School; 2, Wilton Primary School; 3, Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School.
Girls relay race: 1, Wilton Primary School; 2, Drumlanrig St Cuthbert’s Primary School; 3, Burnfoot Primary School.
Traditional games results
Obstacle race under nine: 1, Elliot Deans; 2, Kyle Anderson; 3, Ben Shiel.
Obstacle race ages nine to twelve: 1, Eli Hamilton; 2, Connor Elliot; 3, Riley Muir.
Sack race: 1, Connor McLeod; 2, Eli Hamilton; 3, Jack Brown.
Egg and spoon race: 1, Carly Gray; 2, Skye Clears; 3, Ava Hughes.
Hurdle race under nine: 1, Charlie Playfor; 2, Darcy Thomson; 3, Kyle Anderson.
Hurdle race ages nine to twelve: 1, Eli Hamilton; 2, Connor Elliot; 3, Ryan McMichan.
Skipping race: 1, Georgie Morgan; 2, Sophie Swan; 3, Cassie Rayner.
Champion boy: Eli Hamilton.
Champion girl: Georgie Morgan.
Chamption school: Stirches Primary School.