All’s fair when records tumble

A KELSO swimming record that had stood for quarter-of-a-century was shattered by not one but two swimmers at the Kelso Civic Week Swimming Gala on Friday, writes Mark Entwistle.

The Donald Hogg Trophy is awarded for the winner of the Open 100m freestyle event. But for the past 25 years, no-one had managed to break the one-minute mark for the feature race – a feat last achieved by Iain Wardhaugh.

However, on Friday, two teenage swimmers managed to do just that. Alex Thompson and Morgan Anderson, both aged 14 and pupils at Kelso High School, powered their way through the water at the town pool to break the 60-second mark, with Thompson touching in just over 58 seconds and Anderson finishing in slightly over 59 seconds.

In third place was Lucy Hope, who was just over the minute-mark in another fantastic performance.

Both boys picked up a £50 cash prize for beating the minute marker, with Thompson, who trains at the Eyemouth pool, also taking home the Donald Hogg Memorial Trophy.

Mum Pauline said both boys were “absolutely ecstatic” to have dipped under the 60-second barrier.

“They were really pleased. It was a great effort – Lucy too,” Pauline told TheSouthern this week. “Both Alex and Morgan are doing really well at the moment, as both are Scotland age-group swimmers. Morgan is a member of the Borders Elite Swim Team under Alex Jordan, too, while Alex has got a great coach over at Eyemouth.”

In fact, Civic Week proved quite lucrative for young Alex, as Pauline revealed: “Alex also won £117 in the dunking event during the family day activities, so with the £50 from the swimming he did pretty well. Mind you, it still didn’t stop him asking me for some money for the shows!”