Tartan warriors head for Tweedbank

WITH six meetings down and six to go, and the prestigious Jed Sprint just over a week away, things are getting serious on the Border Games Circuit, writes John Slorance.

And, this weekend there are changes afoot as the runners head to Tweedbank.

The track switches from grass to tartan and the race events are of completely different distances, such as 80m, 150m, 550m, 1,200m and 2,000m handicaps.

They are changes that are likely to cause movement at the top of the Classic League table.

Border Athletics’ vice-chairman Bruce Scott told TheSouthern: “So far, the Borders games circuit has been highly competitive, both in the adult and the junior sections, and it looks as if this is going to continue in the second half.

“There is no-one running away in the points leagues at the moment and as we head towards the Jed Sprint things are getting more and more interesting as no-one can predict who the winner will be, which is just as it should be.”

Different it may all be at Tweedbank on Sunday, but athletes will nevertheless be bidding once more for glory on the games front.

Going from the back mark spot in the senior 150m handicap is Hawick Games sprint winner Craig Grieve of TLJT. Grieve has been placed on a mark of 7m by Fife handicapper Don Campbell. Peebles Beltane Sports 110 metres victor Scott Richardson of Jed AC is off 10m.

Borders athletes set to get down on their marks in the 150m handicap include: Peter Denholm (Melrose) 12m; Graeme Scott (TLJT) 13m; Craig Gillan (TLJT) 9m; Cameron Grieve (Jed AC) 11m; Seb Harrison (Jed AC) 8m; Gordon McPherson (Hawick) 18m; Drew Bryson (Hawick) 28m; Amy Clancy (Peebles) 20m; Lee Gillie (Kelso) 22m.

The Tweedbank card also features junior and youth 150m handicap.

Amongst those going in the junior event are: Bryony Patterson (Leithenburn) 7m; Kazya Stevens (Moorfoot) 17m; Marshall Smith (Galashiels) 19m; Connor Sutherland (Hawick) 20m; Angus Bryce (TLJT) 12m and Zoey Johnstone (Jed AC) 18m.

In the senior 2,000m handicap, Jacob Adkin of Moorfoot (185m) competes against his sister Scout (250m).

Jason McIntosh (Kelso) 52.5m; Kerry Sandilands (Galashiels) 80m; Hamish Murray (Hawick) 110m; Michael Smith (Leithenburn) 140m; Scarlett Yates (Jed AC) 105m; Joe Agnew (TLJT) 60m and Euan Hood (Moorfoot) 90m are part of a large group of youngsters in the 550m youths’ handicap.

For full reports and pictures of the Oxton and Kelso meets, plus the Classic League tables, turn to pages 28 and 29.