It may not have been Ascot Races, but it was without doubt Ladies’ Day at Kelso Games on Sunday as female runners stole the show on the Poynder Park track by notching up four tip-top wins.
Heading the field, not once, but twice, was Amy Clancy of Peebles.
Coached by Charlie Russell, Clancy pulled off a stunning double delight when triumphing in both the 100m handicap and 200m handicap events.
In doing so, Clancy raced into the record books by being the first lady athlete to achieve this honour at senior level at a Borders Games meeting.
Clancy, who has been showing up well throughout the season through some impressive running, firstly nailed her colours to the mast in the 100m handicap.
Going from a mark of 18m, she surged to a heat win to earn herself a final spot.
Come the last showdown, Clancy fired on all cylinders again when motoring home in an improved time.
David Hush of Hawick (22m) came in second and Holly McKay of Jed AC (21.5m) third.
Clancy’s glory afternoon, however, was far from over.
Pulled a metre for her sprint success and competing from 42m, Clancy duly appeared in the 200m handicap which had the biggest prize money of the meeting.
A different distance it may have been, but Clancy nevertheless came up with the same winning formula.
A heat victory was first on the cards before, in an exciting final, Clancy ran a superb race to edge out Hush (49m) on the tape.
Reflecting on her double triumph, a delighted Clancy told The Southern: “I was hoping to do well in the 100m as I have been running quite well since the season started.
“So when I managed to win it I was really chuffed as it was my first win for four years.
“Because I had been pulled a metre, I didn’t think I would have much of a chance in the 200.
“However, I boosted my confidence when I won my heat in a good time.
“In the final, I thought David Hush was the man to beat and my big danger.
“So I went hard from the start and managed to get past him just on the line.
“It’s just brilliant to have won twice on the same day and I have my coach Charlie Russell a lot to thank for. I am going on my first holiday for four years next week, so today’s prize money will be put to full use.”
Also hoisting the winning flag for the girls, as well as for Peebles, were twin sisters Samantha and Natasha Turnbull.
Samantha (21m), who the previous day had got herself into the winning frame in the 90m handicap at Ceres Games, did the business in the 100m youths’ A race.
Following a fine heat success, Samantha buzzed over the finishing line in first place in the final.
Running from a back mark place of minus 2m, Cameron Tindle, a young runner with a bright future ahead of him, was a close second.
Natasha (40m) then followed in her sister’s winning footsteps in the youths’ 200m A race. After coming out on top in her heat, Natasha gained the honours in the final.
The twins’ dad and coach, Neil Turnbull, who won the New Year sprint in 1983, said: “I am very pleased for both of the girls as they ran really well.
“They must get their good running from their mother.”
Trained by his father Alex, Innerleithen’s Dean Whiteford (165m) chalked up his third win in two days by emerging victorious in the 1,600m handicap.
Striding out from the gun, Whiteford went on to produce a sprinting finish to do the necessary.
Whiteford told us: “I haven’t been doing that well.
“At Ceres Games on Saturday, though, I won the 1,600m and 3,000m handicap, and now this today, so it has changed things a bit.”
Hawick’s Gary Law (200m) led from start to finish in the 800m handicap to emerge a clear winner.
Twelve-year-old Jessica Wodehouse of Leithenburn (19m) pleased her coach, John Motion, no end when gaining pride of place in the youths’ 100m handicap B race through some great running in both her heat and final.
Angus Bryce of TLJT (36m) starred as well by winning the youths’ B race 200m handicap.
The youths’ 1,600m handicap was clinched in convincing style by Chirnside’s Joey Brown (365m).
Digging in deep from beginning to end, Scarlet Yates of Jed AC (235m) finished ahead of the rest in the youths’ 800m handicap.