Smith is hot favourite for big race

THE Border Athletics 90m Championship, plus a full programme of other athletic events, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, as well as Highland dancing, are all part and parcel of the Langholm Games bill, set to be staged at Castleholm tomorrow, writes John Slorance.

Bidding for glory in the championship are Nick Smith of Shaftsbury, Iskan Barskanmay of Jed AC, Sean Harris of Dunfermline and TLJT twosome Greg Turnbull and Craig Grieve.

Winner of the Border Athletics 100m Championship at Jedburgh Games, Scottish amateur internationalist Smith has what it takes to make it a double title triumph and is red-hot favourite for the event.

All these runners also go in the 90m handicap. Class act Smith is off scratch, with marks for the others being Turnbull (3.5m), Barskanmay (4m), Grieve (5.5m) and Harris (5m). Making his first appearance since winning the Jedburgh Border Games sprint, North East of England teenager Connor Hedley of Bedlington competes from 7.5m.

Amongst a sea of Border runners in the nine-heat event are: Langholm’s Jordan Maxwell (9m) plus Emily Douglas, Jed AC (20.5m); Seb Harrison Jed AC (5.5m), Craig Gillan, TLJT (6.5m); Darrin Scott, TLJT (11.5m); Angus Stanners, Selkirk (7m); Colin Bruce, Selkirk (9m); Ryan Trimby, Hawick (13.5m); David Hush, Hawick (20m); Linda Nicholson. Peebles (23m); David McKay, Kelso (13m); and Lee Gillie, Kelso (18.5m).

Following his win in the Oxton Games one mile handicap from a mark of 385m, Gary Law of Hawick is back 20m over the same distance. Running from the back in this one is Colin Welsh of Kelso (30m).

Stuart Somervail of Jed AC (155m) and Ian Williams of TLJT (155m) are another two Borders distance men set to run.