Jedburgh’s Terry Marshall may not have been following Callant Grant Raeburn on horseback during the Jethart Callant’s Festival.
But at Riverside Park on Saturday afternoon, he was high in the saddle at Jedburgh Border Games when galloping home in the JedForest Sprint 110m handicap.
Jed Legion footballer Marshall netted his first goal in the historic sprint when soaring to victory in his heat in 11.50 seconds.
Two more golden goals were to arrive.
Competing under the banner of TLJT and coached by John Steede, 27-year-old Marshall (9m) then recorded a winning time of 11.56 seconds in his cross-tie.
Marshall now found himself in the final with Hawick foursome Gordon McPherson (13.5m), Corey Wilson (12m), Ross Anderson (9.5m) and David Lauder (13m), plus Connor Hedley of Bedlington (7m).
Following two false starts which saw Wilson and McPherson pulled a metre, the final got under way.
And it was to be Marshall’s final.
Cheered on by a big local support, the hometown boy stormed to a clear win to lift the £3,000 first prize in 11.50 seconds.
Hedley came in second and Anderson third.
After receiving congratulations from wellwishers, Marshall said: “I am completely overwhelmed and I just can’t believe I have won the Jed sprint.
“I ran as a youth, but packed it in to play football, and only returned to running at the games last season, so to have won something like this is just brilliant.
“The crowd helped me a lot, especially those on the banking as I could hear them cheering me on.”
Youngster Jack Amos also shone for the burgh town in pulling off an excellent double.
Coached by Brian ‘Chico’ Woods, 14-year-old Amos first tasted victory in the morning when emerging victorious in the youths’ 800m handicap.
Come the afternoon sesssion, Amos did it all again in pulling out the stops for a second time through a top-notch run to take the honours in the youths’ 1,500m handicap.
Hawick’s Dylan Ali got himself into the winning frame twice as well.
In-form Ali, who has had a tremendous season, having notched up sprint victories at Hawick and Selkirk Games as well as a one-lap handicap success at Peebles Beltane Sports, began by blitzing home in the 100m Border Athletic Sprint championship in a time of 10.94 seconds.
Twenty-year-old Ali was far from finished, though. A member of the Hawick Sprint Club and trained by Che Campbell, Ali gave a powerhouse show in the 400m handicap.
Competing from a back mark spot, Ali blasted his way through the field to emerge a very convincing winner in 54.66 seconds.
Scottish under-18 rugby internationalist, Darcy Graham of Hawick, emerged an impressive winner of the 110m novice sprint.
Strong-running Graham from the David Grieve running stable clocked up a winning time of 12.44 seconds.
Veteran David Hush also did the business for the Grieve school and Hawick in the 200m handicap.
Going from a mark of 41m, the evergreen Hush won his heat in a fine time of 22.15 seconds.
In the final, Hush excelled once more to gain the honours in 21.83 seconds. Jedburgh’s Jenna Gillan (42m), a recent winner of the City of Edinburgh Running Festival 200m handicap finished second.
Jedburgh’s own Tommy Finkle, who has been hitting tracks on the games scene for many years, came out on top in the veterans’ 90m handicap.
Representing the TLJT club, Finkle won the final in 10.56 seconds from a mark of 4.5m. Borders pair Geoff Keen of Selkirk (2m) and David McKay of Kelso (3.5m) came in second and third.
Grant Kennedy of Auchterader (55m) came in third in his heat in the 800m handicap.
Due to the first three qualifying Kennedy found himself in the final.
And this time around, Kennedy delivered the goods to the full, producing a winning run.
Comeback man Wayne McIntosh of Kelso (125m) gave a splendid account of himself in winning the 1,500m handicap.
Making his first track appearance for two years, 40-year-old McIntosh showed the field a clean pair of heels with a great run from start to finish to break the tape in 4 minutes 12.47 seconds.
McIntosh, who is coached by the highly-knowledgeable Adie Gray, said: “Although I hadn’t ran at the games for a while, I have been training very hard. I was fit enough, but didn’t know if I would be good enough to do anything, so I just went out and gave my best and managed to get a win”.
Kieran Reilly of Lasswade buzzed to victory in the 100m invitation sprint, which had a quality field. The winning time was 10.90 seconds.
Ten-year-old Nicky Sutherland of Hawick (27m) a beaten finalist in nine events during the season, got the win she deserved by triumphing in the junior 90m handicap.
Ryan McIvor of Edinburgh (9m) was the victor of the youths’ 90m handicap.
Matthew Beaton of TLJT (49m) a very promising nine-year-old, showed great potential in taking pride of place in the youths’ 200m handicap.
And Rhianna Sterricks of Leithenburn (29m), whose father Mark won the Jedburgh youths’ sprint a good number of years back, emerged the victor of the youths’ 200m handicap.