Team Borders rally to take joint third in Forth league

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With the Grangemouth track about to be relaid, the third and final match of this season’s JSB Plumbing Forth Valley Athletics League was brought forward from its usual mid-August date to June 27.

Hit by non-availabilities and with a fair number of gaps in the team, especially in the Under-11 age group, the Team Borders troops rallied together well on the day to finish the match in joint third, along with Pitreavie AAC.

Runaway winners both on the day and of Division One overall, were Edinburgh, but the Borders athletes’ efforts were enough to secure clear second place overall, an excellent position in only their third season.

There were three individual A-string wins from Amy Campbell (Under-13 girls’ 100m), Bryony Patterson (Under-15 girls’ 100m) and Chirnside newcomer Caitlin Black,who produced a very rare field event win for the team in the Under-13 girls’ shot putt, in her first competitive outing.

As many as seven A-string second places contributed considerably to the points total and there were also six B-string wins, including a Under-13 girls’ sprint double by Ellie O’Hara. Usually strong in the relays, this time there was just the one win which came courtesy of some slick changes by the Under-15 girls’ team of Laura Munro, Ailsa Innes, Shannon Taitt and Bryony Patterson.

After such an excellent season, a healthy representation from Team Borders athletes from Chirnside Chasers, Gala Harriers, Moorfoot Runners, Teviotdale Harriers and TLJT is expected in the invitational select teams for the President’s match, which will conclude the Forth Valley League season, at Meadowbank on September 6.