Local athletes set to get on their marks at St Ronan’s Games

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BORDER athletes Craig Grieve of TLJT and Craig Robertson of Galashiels are joint back markers in the St Ronan’s Games 110m handicap to be held at Victoria Park on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

The two Craigs run from a mark of 3m.

Jedburgh man Grieve has chalked up three wins this season, while Gala rugby ace Robertson showed what he had to offer when winning the invitation sprint at Jedburgh Games last weekend (see page 27).

Former New Year sprint winner Graeme Lister of Kirkcaldy is off 3.5m.

Bidding for victory on his home track is Innerleithen’s Sean Grant. Coached by Charlie Russell, Grant (9.5m) will be worth looking out for, as will Edinburgh’s Graeme Armstrong (17m) and Darren Tomlinson of Jed AC (12m).

Among a big list of Border sprinters set to go down on their marks are: Peter Denholm, (Melrose) 9m; David Edwards (TLJT) 8m; Darrin Scott (TLJT) 7.5m; Drew Bryson (Hawick) 21m; Ryan Trimby (Hawick) 11m; Scott Richardson (Jed AC) 6m; Luke Lowther (Jed AC) 17m; Lee Gillie (Kelso) 19.5m and Andrew Hogarth (Kelso) 12.5m.

Kelso’s Colin Welsh, Tommy Ashby of Innerleithen and Craig Robertson of Pitreavie compete from a back spot of 15m in the 800m handicap.

In the 1,600m handicap, Craig Robertson is on the scratch mark. Other Borders men in this one include Darrell Hastie (Kelso) 5m; Stewart Fraser (Hawick) 80m; Andrew Thomson (Jed AC) 125m and home hope Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (110m).

The Victoria Park meeting features other senior events, plus junior and youth races in abundance.

Eve Huxley of Innerleithen, who gave a five-star show in winning the junior 90m handicap at Jedburgh Games is off scratch over the same distance.

Cardrona’s Ryan Houten, who has been in top form throughout the season is off 7m in the youths’ 90m handicap.