Borders’ sprinters looking to go the distance in Kelso

New Year Sprint winner, Dylan Ali from Hawick, is back marker for the showcase 200 metres at Kelso on Sunday
New Year Sprint winner, Dylan Ali from Hawick, is back marker for the showcase 200 metres at Kelso on Sunday

Throughout the Border Games season, sprint handicaps are for normal the main event on the card.

Should it be a 90 metres handicap, a 100 metres handicap or a 110 metres handicap, the sprint is where the big money is.

There is a change to the agenda however this Sunday at Kelso Games.

For as what has been the case for a few years now, the Poynder Park meeting stages a 200 metres handicap as its top attraction.

Back marker for the event is Hawick’s Dylan Ali, New Year sprint victor Ali has been placed on a mark of 10 metres by handicapper Don Campbell.

Getting down on his marks in the same heat as Ali is Kelso’s own Euan Pettigrew.

Representing Jed AC, Pettigrew produced some tip top running when winning the handicap at Peebles Beltane Sports last weekend.

Pettigrew who has all the makings of taking pride of place in other handicap events throughout the term goes from 11 metres.

Other Borders runners who are set to bid for the biggest purse of the afternoon include last year’s winner Kevin Amos (38m), Craig Bruce (25m), Andrew Hogarth (34m), Craig Grieve (17m), Jenna Gillan (52m), Jasmin Tomlinson (41m), James Parker (11m), David Rae (25m), Matthew Fleming (23m).

Amy Clancy (18m), Jack Wilson (11.5m), Darren Tomlinson (12m), David McKay (14m), Geoff Keen (12m), and Holly McKay (21.5m) are some of the Borderers in the sprint handicap which is of a distance of 100 metres.

Kelso pair Colin Welsh (30m) and Jason McIntosh (70m) will be looking for home turf glory in the 800 metres handicap.

Welsh (50m) and McIntosh (110m) are also featured in the 1600 metres handicap.

Amongst other Border men in the mile are Alistair Laurie (365m), Rory Anderson (90m), Andrew Thomson (150m), Kobe Stevens (165m) and Dean Whiteford (165m).

Besides the senior running there is a full programme of youth’s events on an attractive looking Kelso bill.