Athletics double bill

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THE Border games carousel continues y with not one but two meetings this weekend, writes John Slorance.

Saturday sees the staging of Oxton Games, while on Sunday Kelso Games take place.

The main event on both cards are the sprint handicaps. There is a difference however in the distance of the handicaps, with the Oxton sprint being 110m while at Kelso it is 100m.

Back marker in the Oxton event is Craig Grieve of TLJT who runs from 4.5m. Craig’s younger brother Cameron, from Jed AC, is on a mark of 9m, while Peebles Beltane sport winner Scott Richardson has been placed on a handicap of 7.5m.

Other Borders runners poised to run in the Oxton sprint include Dylan Ali, TLJT (9.5m), Darrin Scott, TLJT (8.5m), Drew Bryson, Hawick (21.5m), Ryan Trimby, Hawick (12.5m), Lee Gillie, Kelso (20m) and Peter Denholm, Melrose (10m).

Bidding for glory on his home turf at Kelso Games is John Fleming, who has appeared in the finals of the Selkirk and Peebles sprints, coming in second and third respectively.

Handicapper Don Campbell has put Fleming on 8.5m. Sean Grant, Innerleithen (10.5m), Amy Clancy, Peebles (18m), Lee Goodfellow, TLJT (11.5m), Ian Heard, TLJT (22.5m), Darren Tomlinson, Jed AC (13m), Iskan Barskanmay, Jed AC (5m), Gordon McPherson, Hawick (14m) and Jack Wilson, Hawick (15m) are among a long list of Borderers set to get down on their marks.

The junior and youths’ sprint events at Oxton are 90m, while at Kelso they will be 100m.