Runners hunker down for Beltane day

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ATHLETES from TLJT have been showing up extremely well since the Borders open athletic season came out of its blocks four weeks back, writes John Slorance.

And it looks like being the same way at Peebles Beltane Sports on Sunday.

More than liable to catch the eye in the 110m handicap on the Whitestone Park card for TLJT are Galashiels pair Callum Murray and Angus Stanners.

The recent winner of the Earlston games sprint, 18-year-old Murray was odds-on betting to take the honours in the final of the Selkirk Games 110m handicap a week ago. Murray however, made a false start, was pinned back a metre as a penalty, and found to his cost a metre is a lot to make up in a sprint final and ended up not being in the first three.

The impressive Murray competes off the same 10m mark as he did at Selkirk. Stanners, who has twice been a beaten finalist this term, goes from 7 metres. Steven Charters of Dolphinton, has been pulled a metre after deadheating with Nick Smith of Shaftsbury in the Selkirk sprint and runs from 4.5m.

Smith is not on the programme, with the race back marker being Craig Fleming of Greenock (2.5m). Peebles runner Amy Clancy bids for glory in her home town from 17m.

Included in a long list of sprinters set to get down on their marks are: Mark Cockburn, Selkirk (13m); Allan Smith, Selkirk (9.5m); Darren Tomlinson, Jed AC (13m); Emily Douglas, Jed AC (21.5m); Dylan Ali, Hawick (10.5m); David Hush, Hawick (21.5m); Lee Gillie, Kelso (20m); Peter Denholm, Melrose (10m) and Patrick Swan, Chirnside (3.5m).

Ross Matheson of Lasswade is scratch man in the 1,600m handicap. Amongst Border representatives in this one are Darrell Hastie of Kelso (15m), Chris Black of Kelso (80m) and Stewart Fraser of Hawick (70m). Race front runner is Hawick’s Gary Law (410m).

A full card of senior, junior and youth events completes the Peebles bill.