IT’S been a case of ‘Jethart’s Here’ on the Border Games sprint scene since the season began, writes John Slorance.
In the opening three meetings of the term at Earlston, Hawick and Selkirk, Luke Lowther, Craig Grieve and Greg Turnbull have all got into the winning frame for the Burgh town.
And this coming Sunday at Peebles Beltane Sports, there is no shortage of Jed sprinters bidding to make it four in a row.
Amongst those gunning to taste victory on the Whitestone Park track for Jedburgh are Iskan Barskanmay (5.5m), Cameron Grieve (9.5m), Darrin Scott (8.5m), Scott Richardson (8.5m), Darren Tomlinson (13.5m), Seb Harrison (5.5m) and Paul Ferguson (8.5m).
Kelso’s hopes are pinned on John Fleming (9m). Fleming showed up well in gaining second place in the final of the Selkirk Games sprint a week back and on this form will be in with a big shout of doing the business on Sunday.
Included in the big list of Borders runners going in the 10-heat handicap are: Amy Clancy (Peebles) 18.5m, Drew Bryson (Hawick) 21.5m, Sean Grant (Innerleithen) 11m, Jordan Maxwell (Langholm) 9m, Colin Bruce (Selkirk) 11.5m and Peter Denholm (Melrose) 10m.
Colin Welsh of Kelso and Craig Robertson of Pitreavie are joint back -markers in the 800m handicap from a mark of 5m. Dean Whiteford (Innerleithen) 60m) and Greg Gibson (Selkirk) 62.5m are just two of the Borderers in this one.
Kelso’s Darrell Hastie (50m) runs from the back in the 3,200m handicap.
There are other senior events on the programme as well as a crop of junior and youth races which have attracted a big entry.