Homing in on Jed Games glory

THE biggest prize money on the Border Games circuit is up for grabs with the staging of Jedburgh Border Games on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

Known as the blue riband of the summer open athletic season, the Riverside Park meeting begins at 10.30am and goes on until 12.30pm before having an interval and resuming at 1.30pm. It’s a bonanza of athletics.

Main event on a bumper bill is the Jed-Forest 110 metres handicap, which has a winning purse of £3,000. This is an event steeped in history and tradition. It’s the sprint every sprinter wants to win. It’s the big one, the golden one and the one that it is all about.

Over the years several Jedburgh athletes have tasted victory on their hometown track. And this time around there are a few runners from the royal burgh who could well be in with a chance of recording a coveted victory. None more so than Jed AC pair Iskan Barskanmay and Seb Harrison. A former winner of the sprint, Barskanmay is off 6.5m, while Harrison goes from 7.5m. Other Jed flyers liable to catch the eye are Greg Turnbull (4m), Craig Grieve (8m) and Craig Gillan (8.5m). Jedburgh female runner Emily Douglas has been placed on a mark of 23 metres.

Among many TLJT sprinters gunning for Riverside Park glory are Callum Murray (9.5m), Angus Stanners (9m) and recent Kelso Games winner Bruce Scott (19.5m).

Getting down on his mark in a quest to take the sprint title across the border is north-east of England man Connor Hedley of Ellington (12m) who has appeared in sprint finals this season. Back marker for the event is Nick Smith of Shaftsbury (scratch) who is a class act.

Add a full card of junior, youth and senior races, and there are all the ingredients for a great day’s athletics.