A year ago, Greg Turnbull of TLJT gave a first-class account of himself when winning the 110m handicap at Selkirk Games.
On Saturday, the flying policeman returns to the pastures of Philiphaugh to defend his sprint title. Turnbull runs from a backmark position of 1m in the 12-heat event.
Teenager Kerr Gerrard (9m) is one of four Selkirk sprinters gunning to do well on their home town track, the others Colin Bruce (9.5m) and his son Craig Bruce (13.5m) plus Geoff Keen (11.5m).
Borders lady runners set to go down on their marks are Mhairi Henderson, TLJT (20.5m); Martha Douglas, Jed AC (20m); Holly Mackay, Jed AC (20m); Megan Shiel, Hawick (19.5m); and Amy Clancy, Peebles (17m).
The marks for the vast majority of runners involved in Saturday’s event are more or less the same as that of last week’s Hawick handicap. Amongst Border runners going in the 1,600m handicap are Kelso’s Colin Welsh (50m) and Wayne McIntosh (170m); Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (155m); Ryan Milligan of Langholm; Gavin Tait of TLJT (320m); Rory Anderson of Hawick (135m); and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (135m).
A big entry has been received for the junior and youth races with the junior 90m consisting of six heats – heats that no doubt will bring about plenty of fine running and excitement as has certainly been the story so far this season.
Sarah Davenport, TLJT (13m); Brodie Cowan, Jed AC (11m); Callum Anderson, Selkirk (6m); Molly Falconer, Moorfoot (7m); Fraser Clyne, Hawick (11m); Ellie O’Hare, Leithenburn (6.5m); Archie Fuller, Gala Harriers (13.5m); and Samantha Turnbull, Peebles (4m) are just some of the local youngsters in action.