Fundraising Kelso swimmers dabble in duathlon

Winners in the various age group categories
Winners in the various age group categories
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Kelso Amateur Swimming Club welcomed back swimmers after the summer break with a fundraising Duathlon.

The event also attracted competitors from outwith the club and a fun night was had by all in the evening sunshine.

After completing the required number of lengths of the pool, the swimmers pulled on their trainers and completed laps of the High School playing field in various states of undress.

Many thanks to: the school for use of the field; Borders Sports & Leisure Trust for the pool and staff assistance; and to Alan Laidlaw for his expertise in the event’s organisation.

Winners in the various age groups (pictured above) were as follows: 7-9 Years – Andrew Lawson (boys), Stefani Holliday (girls); 10-12 Years – Dwain Patterson (boys), Erika Coupek (girls); 13-15 Years – Fraser Veitch (boys), Lizzie Clelland (girls); 16 and Over – Robbie Czajka (boys).

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The men’s championship final was played on Saturday morning in ideal conditions.

Iain MacDonald was playing in his first final against the 2010 winner, Keith Campbell. Both players played well, but Keith proved too strong on the day, leading from start to finish to win by 21-5.

Later on Saturday afternoon, the men played Goldenacre in the annual friendly fixture. With plenty of fun in evidence the score was of little significance, however Abbotsford triumphed by 61-41.

On Tuesday, the seniors played their last away match of the season against Gala, but were defeated by 74-49.

During the course of the week the ladies completed three club competitions. Margaret Brown and Nan Davidson won the two-bowl pairs while May Turner and Liz Waugh won the club pairs. Then in the final of the Margaret Reid memorial competition, Jackie Ormiston and Lilias Anderson defeated Catriona Reid and May Turner.

Finally, on Sunday, Keith Campbell competed in the Champion of Champions tournament at Jedburgh, losing in the opening round against Dougal Blackie from Eyemouth by 21-15.


On Tuesday, the Seniors entertained the combined Earlston/Melrose seniors team. This was a ding-dong battle, only finally settled in the last few ends when the visitors emerged as winners by 57-40.

The Gents Singles Club Championship was recently fought out between Bill Anderson and Scott Clarkson. This was a close affair, with Anderson finally coming out top by 21-16. Both players played some outstanding bowls.

Saturday saw 27 pairs play in the Wallace Express/Luxury Lawns Open Pairs, with players travelling from as far afield as Castle Douglas. Played in glorious sunshine, the final saw Reece Johnstone and Martin Christy up against the old warhorses of Graham Lyall and Wullie Wells, with the former, younger, pair emerging as winners. President JH Reilly presented the prizes to the winners.

The Past Presidents’ Rinks tournament takes place this weekend, sponsored by the family of the late Ernie Taddei.

Langholm New Town

Locals Roy Park and Andy Warwick won the open pairs bowling tournament last Saturday, beating Tommy Morrison and his son Scott in the final.

In the semi-finals, the eventual winners knocked out Donald Little and James McMillan, and also out at that stage was Wattie Beattie and June Beattie.

There was an entry of 20 and the tournament was sponsored by the Langholm Royal British Legion, and the chairman Roger McMurdo presented theTom Bell memorial cup to the winners.

Club president Neil Campbell thanked everyone who helped make the tournament a success.

Langholm Old Town

Liz Smith and Lawrence Graham from Canonbie won the mixed pairs bowling tournament on Sunday, beating Isabel Fraser and Wullie Graham from Eaglesfield in the final.

The winning Canonbie pair beat Elizabeth Richardson and Alastair Elliot from Newcastleton in the semi-final, and also knocked out in the semis were Carol Elliot and Drew Rutherford from Newcastleton.

The tournament had an entry of 18 and was sponsored by, a member, and Colin Turk thanked everyone who had helped on the day, and then called on Elma Aitken to make the cup presentation to the winners.


This weekend saw the remainder of the club’s finals being played.

Best of Three: Dod Smith beat Gary Craig in the third set.

King George Cup: Marie Todd beat Denis Lockett.

Club Pairs Final: Marion Archib ald and Graeme Wilson beat Winnie Milligan and Charlie Farrel.

Novice Final: Ian McCall beat Marion Archibald.

President’s Prize: Marie Todd beat Drew Redburn.

Two weeks ago, members played to be club champions and, for the first time for a while, had a junior final where Carly Gibson beat Sophie McNeil.

Ladies Final: Marie Todd beat Anne Blacklock.

Gents Final: Dod Smith beat Ian Mc Call.

Seniors final: Mike Mc Call beat Denis Lockett.

The club would like to congratulate all the winners and thank the spectators for their support.


Kelso Wheelers

Hill Climb Championship: R. Norris 3.54; C. Stevenson 4.08; D. Burgher 4.42; S. Gaunt 4.42; J. Smith 4.43; D. Richardson 4.59; G. Easson 5.36; G. Dalglish 5.39; D. Paterson 5.40; J. Sinton 6.16; S. Onley 6.46. Youths: O. Onley 4.41pb and course record; B. Simpson 5.37 pb; D. Easson 6.17 pb; H. Graves 7.15 pb.

10-mile Club Championship: M. Burgher 23.37 club champion; D. Burgher 23.51; R. Norris 24.22; J. Smith 24.27; R. Ure 24.50; C. Stevenson 24.54; R. Coupek 26.30; D. Richardson and S. Gaunt 26.38; G. Ford 26.54; R. Connell 27.00; K. Wilson 27.13; G. Easson 27.50; G. Dalglish 29.24; A. Ker 29.33; J. Sinton 30.46 pb. Youths: O. Onley 28.28 club champion; B. Simpson 28.50 pb; D. Easson 31.37 pb; H. Graves 34.42.

Two-up: Ure/Smith/Gaunt 23.03; Burgher/Norris 23.30; Ford/Connell 25.37; G. Dalglish/G. Easson 26.39; O. Onley/B. Simpson (Y) 27.02; R. Smith/A. Ker 29.46; H. Graves/D. Easson (Y) 31.12; Onley/Whitecross 37.18; R. Easson (solo) 40.00.



The Borders Veteran Ladies Golfing Association, which numbers almost 100 golfers from across the Borders, recently held its championship final over the Woll course.

Contested by new member Alison Smith (The Hirsel) and Marny Waddell (Peebles GC) the final provided high quality golf. Marny went two holes up early on, but was gradually pulled back by relentless play from the Hirsel golfer, leading to victory for Alison at the 16th.

Both players praised the recently reconstructed greens at the Woll course, which was in excellent condition for the final. Referee was Torwoodlee’s Helen Cuthbertson, BVLGA captain.

Any lady golfer who is a member of a Borders club and is over 50 can join the BVLGA, which runs several tournaments over the year. Please contact J. Cambridge on 07780 855847 for details.


John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Scot Cup Stableford: winner, E. Macgregor 22 points.


Eighteen-hole competition winner, L. Ritchie 89 (19) 70; 9 Hole Competition winner, L. Bryce.

Melrose Ladies’ Open Greensomes Competition is on Saturday. Late entries accepted.

Stroke Competition (Round 3) Campbell Family Trophy: 1, D. Inglis 81 (18) 63; 2, L. M. Wallace 68 (2) 66; 3, D. G. Pollock 84 (15) 69. Scratch: G. Lackie 74. Campbell Trophy Winner: G. S. Craig.

St Boswells

Seniors’ September Medal: 1, D. Curle 89 (15) 74 (lowest gross); 2, W. Barthram 95 (19) 76; 3, D. Watkins 105 (25) 80.

Barrie Trophy: 1, J. Rutherford 79 (15) 64; 2, R. Reilly 81 (17) 64; 3, J. P. Melrose 73 (9) 64 lowest gross.

Dryburgh Cup Final: 1, K. Ovens 69 (7) 62 lowest gross; 2, A. Hardie 78 (13) 65; 3, D. Hancock 74 (8) 66.


Elsie Ford Invitation Greensomes: 1, B. Hogarth & M. Landels 64 (3) 61; 2, M. Ford & M. Thomson 68 (6.5) 61.5; 3=, G. Fletcher & G. Fletcher 74 (10) 64, K. Hook & W. Renwick 72 (8) 64.

Buist Cup: 1, R. Henderson 8 up; 2, R. Hastie 6 up; 3=, I. Rae, G. Fletcher 4 up.

Nine-hole Stableford: Winner, M. Callander.

Millenium Trophy: 1, Mark Hewie, David Herriot & Pam Robson 85.

Ladies’ Outing to Alnmouth Golf Club: Winners, G. Herriot, P. Laing, L. Flannigan & E. Pearson.

Mary Callander Quaich: 1, P. Robson, B. Watt, B. Haig & M. Ross 165; 2, L. Flannigan, J. Millar, J. Anderson & B. Patterson 173; 3, L. Anderson, I. Thompson, D. Smith & G. Patterson 174.


Junior/Adult Greensome (Musselburgh Quaich): 1, C. Robertson & T. Hogarth 25.5; 2, A. Buchanan & D. Weir with 37.5; 3, R. Gunn & I. Scott with 41.75.


Seniors’ September Medal: 1, A. Scott 79 (13) 66 after countback, lowest gross; 2, S. Huddart 82 (16) 66; 3, D. Miller 83 (15) 68.

Seniors’ Stableford League: 1, S. Huddart 39 points; 2=, A. Scott 36; S. Mabon 36. League positions: 1, T. Glendinning 72 points; 2, J. Lunn 58; 3, R. Johnston 57.50.


Order Of Merit (round 18): 1, I. Murphy 79 (12) 67; 2, J. Graham 75 (7) 68; 3, Graham Low 72 (3) 69. Scratch: S. Fairburn 67. Standings with four rounds remaining: 1, R. Lacon 48 points; G. Low 36; J. Graham 26.

Captain’s Prize: 1, J. Catto 41 points; 2, G. Lithgow 40; 3, D. Rutherford 39.


Earlston & District

Members sent birds to Newark, liberated @ 07:40 into a north west wind. Result: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, A. Simpson 1012.83; 3, 4, S. Martin 1001.68; 6, W. Gray & son 847.95.