A TWEEDBANK Classic meeting will bring the curtain down on this year’s Borders running season, writes John Slorance.
The new event this Sunday (2pm start) is being promoted by Borders Athletics and sponsored by the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust (BLST), and will see all the winners of summer games sprints, 200m and one-lap handicaps invited to take part in a special 150m handicap.
Summer Classic meetings were popular in the 1980s and ran in conjunction with a greyhound racing card at Edinburgh’s Powderhall Stadium on Saturday evenings.
The last programme on the long-gone dog track was in 1986 when Ancrum’s Jake Law claimed the sprint title, pictured.
Bruce Scott, of Borders Athletics, told TheSouthern: “It’s a great climax to the Borders running season. Borders Athletics have talked about putting on a summer classic meeting like this since being formed two years ago – and thanks to the help of the BSLT this has now become possible.
“We are hoping to make this an annual event, so here’s hoping it will be a success. There are other races on the programme besides the 150m handicap.”
Back marker for the main event – which is not run on the Borders Games circuit – is Borders Athletics’ 90m and 100m champion, and reigning Scottish 100m title holder, Nick Smith of Shaftsbury.
Greg Turnbull (8m), winner of the Hawick Games 110m handicap, is one of nine Tweed Leader Jed Track runners bidding for Classic glory, the others being Stephanie Common (29m), Angus Stanners (14m), Fraser Welsh (17m), Lee Goodfellow (18m), Callum Murray (14m), Bruce Scott (26m), Craig Grieve (12m) and Dawn Scott (19m).
Also representing the Borders are Jed AC pair Emily Douglas (29m) and Iskan Barskanmay (11m), as well as Hawick’s John Paxton (23m), David Hush (29m), David Grieve (23m), Ross Weir (27m), David Rae (15m), Ryan Trimby (19m), James Parker (13m) and Dylan Ali (19m), Geoff Keen of Selkirk (18m) and Kelso’s David McKay (20m).
Besides the invitational 150m race, there is also an open 150m handicap event where Smith is scratch man again. And Kelso’s Colin Welsh competes from scratch in the 1,500m handicap.
Junior and youth 150m and 1,500m handicaps complete the rest of the Tweedbank bill.