Season to celebrate for Tweed Leader Jed Track athletes

From left Bruce Scott, Craig Gillan and John Steede.

From left Bruce Scott, Craig Gillan and John Steede.

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Tweed Leader Jed Track held its annual presentation of awards and celebrated another excellent season for the Tweedbank athletic club.

Bruce Scott, club coach/supervisor, reported that throughout the year the club had competed at all levels of both indoor and outdoor athletics.

In the Scottish Championships, eight athletes reached finals, with two winning silver and bronze medals, while in the Borders Schools Championships, the club produced 14 champions with five athletes setting new school records. At the East District Championships the athletes recorded one gold and four silver plus two finalists and, at the end of the season, in the Pitreavie Young Athletes Trophy meeting, the club achieved four gold medals, five silver medals and attained three other final spots.

Mr Scott added: “Participation in Team Borders events was a great advertisement for the club and the athletes involved all contributed to the team’s success.

“We have had a well-travelled squad this year, competing throughout the Borders and Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA) circuits.

“The club attained more than 70 successes, quite remarkable in a season, and has made significant progress, while continuing to attract many young athletes, since it’s formation in 2009.”

The recipient of the President’s Trophy was Jed-Forest Sprint winner Craig Gillan, while congratulations were also accorded to John Steede, who was selected by the SHGA as the veteran athlete of the year in sprint events.

See photograph on page 80.