Stage is set for St Ronan’s showdown

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Victoria Park, home of Vale of Leithen FC, will provide the setting for the historical St Ronan’s Games on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

Instituted in 1827, the Innerleithen event is the oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland and top event on the card is the eight-heat 110 metres handicap.

Back marker is former New Year Sprint winner Leigh Marshall (3m) from Hawick, while Craig Gillan (TLJT), who dead-heated for third place with Marshall in the Jed-Forest Sprint last weekend, runs from 4.5m. Both are liable to be there or thereabouts in getting into the winning frame this time around. Innerleithen hopes are pinned on Sean Grant (9.5m).

James Park TLJT (10m), Ryan Elliot Hawick (6.5m), Kerr Gerrard Selkirk (9.5m), Euan Pettigrew Kelso (9m), Amy Clancy Peebles (17.5m) and Robbie Shirra-Gibb St Boswells (7.5m) are among the many Border runners set to be in action.

In the 1600m handicap, Alastair Laurie of Selkirk bids for his fourth win of the season from 335m. Other senior, junior and youth races make up the rest of the St Ronan’s bill.