Terrific twosome

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TWO Borders athletes have been rewarded for their season’s efforts with top national awards.

Newcastleton’s Libby Clegg claimed scottishathletics’ disability athlete of the year, while Scout Atkin of Peebles took the Eddie Campbell Memorial Medal for her hill running performances during 2011.

Libby Clegg receives the Southern Reporter Sports Personality of the Year Award from sports editor Fiona Scott.

Libby Clegg receives the Southern Reporter Sports Personality of the Year Award from sports editor Fiona Scott.

Clegg, 21, took home a gold in the 100m for visually-impaired athletes at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand this year, as well as a bronze in the T12 200m.

She has since been named in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Paralympics.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Adkin picked up the medal for under-20 athletes who have demonstrated high performances and sportsmanship in Scottish hill races.

The Moorfoot runner was UK champion and named in the Great Britain Under-20 mountain running team, finishing 15th on debut.

Her medal is named after the late Eddie Campbell from Fort William, who held the record for the most Ben Nevis races, competing on 44 consecutive occasions and winning three times.

Currently in first year at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, the teenager is supported by the Borders Athlete Support Programme, a university sports scholarship, the Hydrasun Athletics Academy and Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club coaches.

Although still in the under-20 age-group next year, Adkin will no longer be restricted to short senior races and is preparing over the winter for increased race distances of 10km and over.