Ali hopes to carry superb form into hometown race

Earlston games 400m handicap winner
Earlston games 400m handicap winner
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A prize of £1,000 awaits the winner of the Hawick Border Games 110 metres handicap at the town’s Volunteer Park on Sunday.

Joint back-markers for the event are Greg Turnbull of Tweed Leader Jed Track (T.L.J.T.), James Parker of Hawick and Edinburgh’s Ben Robbins, who have all won big sprint handicaps.

All three go from a mark of two metres.

A metre ahead of them is Hawick’s own Dylan Ali.

Victor of the New Year 110m handicap at Musselburgh in January, Ali began this summer season with a bang.

Thanks to some explosive running, he has bagged three wins at two games meetings.

Victory number one arrived at Earlston Games last Saturday when the Hawick flyer stormed home in the 400m handicap.

The following day, Ali pulled off an excellent double at Markinch Games, gaining the honours in the 400m handicap, as well as the 90m invitation handicap.

From the David Rae/Che Campbell running school, Ali is certainly on song at the moment and should be worth a punt.

Among a sea of Border athletes set to get down on their marks in the Hawick sprint are Iskan Barskanmay (6m) and Martha Douglas (19m) of Jed AC, Selkirk’s Colin Bruce (11.5m) and Keith Gerrard (9m).

Also running are Mhairi Henderson (20.5m) and Craig Grieve (4.5m) of TLJT, Drew Bryson (20m) and Gordon McPherson (11m) of Hawick, and Peebles’ Amy Clancy (8m).

St Johnstone football star Steven MacLean of Peebles is on a mark of 23m for the 200m handicap, a matter of weeks after scoring the second goal in his team’s Scottish Cup victory over Dundee United.

Borders runners in the 800m handicap include Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot (65m), John McLean of Selkirk (65m) and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (60m).

Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (125m), Wayne McIntosh of Kelso (150m) and Gavin Tait of TLJT (190m) are in the 1600m handicap.

Other senior races as well as youths’ events completes the Hawick programme.

The 90m youths’ sprint handicap sees Berwick’s Cameron Tindle – who’s made a great start to the season – take the back mark position, off -1m.

The Volunteer Park bill starts with The Hill Race at 12.15pm.

Track events commence at 1pm.