Gathering for Jedburgh road race

Sammi Kinghorn
Sammi Kinghorn

Borders sports fans will have a chance to get up close this Sunday to some of GB’s fastest Rio Paralympians, as they descend on Jedburgh for the Jed Renilson 10K Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Race.

The event, sponsored by the Randolph Hill Nursing Home Group, was launched by the late Jed Renilson in 2004 as part of the Jed Running Festival and, being an enthusiastic disability sports coach, he built it into a leading attraction on the Scottish and GB athletics calendar.

After his passing a year ago, athletes from across the country will be turning out in tribute and battling each other for the Scottish Road Race Championship counter.

Four of the summer’s GB Paralympians will be competing. The Borders’ own star Sammi Kinghorn (pictured) – introduced to wheelchair racing at this

event by Renilson and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – will be joined by Jade Jones, Simon Lawson and Isaac Towers.

Lawson is a seven-times winner of the Jed race and Jones is the current holder of the ladies’ crown, while David Wise is also back to defend his hand cycle title.

The event, which has attracted entries from 18 athletes, starts at Bonjedward Garage, just off the A68 north of Jedburgh, and finishes back at the nearby Mounthooly Restaurant. The A698 Jedburgh to Kelso route will be closed to traffic from 10am, and parking is limited.

The hand cycle race will be started by former Scotland and British Lions scrum-half Gary Armstrong at 10.15am, quickly followed by the wheelchair race.