Selkirk athletes line up to grab glory at Philiphaugh

Jedburgh Games. The Royal Mile. 1500 metres. Alastair Laurie, Selkirk.
Jedburgh Games. The Royal Mile. 1500 metres. Alastair Laurie, Selkirk.

The Borders’ professional running roadshow continues its travels this weekend when moving into Philiphaugh for the Selkirk Common Riding Games.

Games convenor Rodney Pow and his team have attracted a huge number of ‘peds’ for the footraces with the 110 metres Common Riding Sprint being the feature event on Saturday afternoon’s card.

For one Selkirk family it’s going to be a very busy day indeed. Father and son team of Colin and Craig Bruce are set to be running in the 110, 200 and 400 metres handicap. What’s more Lesley Bruce, wife of Colin and mother of Craig will be in the thick of things in a more official capacity in her first season as handicapper for youth racing on the Border Games scene.

Due to an impressive showing in the 110 metres handicap at Hawick Games last weekend, in which he reached the final, Craig is in with a very good chance of doing the business on his home town track from a mark of 10 metres while dad Colin runs from 14.5 metres. Other Border athletes in the sprint include Connor Gillan (6.5m), Fraser Neil (8m), Martha Douglas (21m), Scott Richardson (10m), Jazmine Tomlinson (19m), Grant Goodfellow (11.5m), Dylan Ali (3m) and Jack Wilson (13m).

North East of England man Connor Hedley of Ellington, who was beaten in a photo finish in the final of the Hawick sprint by Dylan Ali, will be well worth looking out for from his nine metre handicap.

Gunning for his second victory of the 2015 season seasoned distance runner Alistair Laurie will be looking to follow up his 1600m triumph in Hawick last weekend with a win on his home track.

Laurie told The Southern: “I was second at Selkirk last year and won the year before that.

“There is something special about competing at your home event so hopefully that will give me that extra edge.”

Laurie (345m) runs from the front in this weekend’s 1600 metres handicap.

Dean Whiteford (90m) and Rory Anderson (60m) are amongst other Border runners in this one.

Racing starts at 1pm.