Craig hopes to show his rivals a clean pair of heels

Athlete Craig Grieve at Tweedbank training for the New Year's Sprint.

Athlete Craig Grieve at Tweedbank training for the New Year's Sprint.

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Craig Grieve lives in the fast lane and, in the build up to Christmas, has been run off his feet in his day job in the Hawick branch of Burtons.

And, come the evenings and weekends, Craig keeps on running, for the 22-year-old Jedburgh man is an athlete of considerable note as his running performances well and truly prove.

What’s more, Craig is an athlete on a mission as he is gunning to be the first Jethart man to win the historic New Year sprint handicap since Tommy Finkle blazed to victory in 1989.

Glancing ahead to the biggest event on the open athletic calendar, which takes place on December 31 and January 1 at Musselburgh Racecourse, the Jed flyer told The Southern: “I have been training really hard for the past few months.

“In the morning, I go to the gym for an early session before I go to work. Then, I train in the evenings at Tweedbank. I don’t need any motivation for training as I just love it. I believe that if you are going to do something you should do it right, and I would like to think I am achieving this.

“I have two great coaches at TLJT in Bruce Scott and Jock Steede. They have both taught me a lot and I have a great respect for them. The set-up at TLJT is just brilliant and the club is just something else and is heading in the right direction.”

Since coming into athletics six years ago, Craig has more than made his mark on the games circuit, as well as the amateur scene.

He joined the Brian ‘Chico’ Woods running stable and made his track debut as a youth at Morebattle Games and returned the following season to take the Kelso Games sprint handicap. Since switching to the TLJT club, Craig has blitzed his way to sprint glories at Hawick Games and St Ronan’s Games, as well as pulling off a great double by twice doing the business in the Oxton Games sprint.

But he has been making his presence felt in amateur running as well.

His biggest honour so far being his silver medal in the 200m in the Scottish Indoor Championships at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.

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