HAVING vanished into the wilderness for a few years, Oxton Games bore fruit again in 2010, making a welcome return to the Border athletics scene, writes John Slorance.
And 12 months on, the event blossoms once more with a full card of events at the Justicehall Haugh track on Saturday.
Back marker in the 110m handicap is flying Turk Iskan Barskanmay of Jedburgh. A popular figure on the circuit, and a former winner of the Jedburgh Games sprint, Barskanmay goes from 6.5m. His training companion Seb Harrison, a young runner who has yet to show his full potential, has been placed on a handicap of 7.5m.
Despite being pulled a metre by handicapper Don Campbell following his St Ronan’s Games win from 8m, Craig Grieve of TLJT is more than likely to show up well again.
Having finished second in the last two sprint finals, Hawick’s Ross Weir will be hoping it’s third time lucky from a mark of 21m.
Amongst many Border runners poised to be in action in the sprint are Craig Gillan TLJT (8.5m), Angus Stanners Selkirk (9m), Ryan Trimby Hawick (15.5m), Peter Denholm Melrose (11m), Emily Douglas Jed AC (23m), Linda Nicholson Peebles (25m) and Ewan Travers Kelso (10m).
In the 800m handicap, Ross Finlayson of Lasswade runs from the back on 40m. Selkirk’s Greg Gibson, who came second in the St Ronan’s Games half mile is off 75m.
Adam Craig of TLJT, who must be on the brink of pulling off a win, competes from 100m in the 1,600m handicap. Back marker in this one is Kelso’s Chris Black (75m). A senior 200m handicap, as well as junior and youth events, makes up the rest of the Oxton programme.