Classic runners look to Langholm

THE Edinburgh Woollen Mill 90 metres sprint championship is one of the top attractions at Langholm Games on Friday.

TLJT pair Craig Grieve and Greg Turnbull plus Kieran Kivlin of Edinburgh, who have all recorded 110 metres handicap wins this season, will be getting on their marks in the quest for title honours.

The favourite to take the crown is Craig Fleming of Belgrave AV, the recent victor of the 100 metres Border Athletics Sprint championship at Jedburgh Games. Leigh Marshall, Callum Murray and David Edwards all of TLJT, Jed AC’s Iskan Barskanmay and Seb Harrison plus Steven Charters of Dolphinton, David Brand of Dunfermline and Sean Harris of Edinburgh also go in the championship.

All of the sprinters gunning for championship honours also run in the 12-heat 90 metres handicap.

Cameron Grieve, Jed AC (7.5m); Martha Douglas, Jed AC (19m);, David Hush, Hawick (18m); Sam Bandeen, Hawick (5.5m); Lee Goodfellow, TLJT (8.5m), Stephanie Common, TLJT (16.5m); Peter Denholm, Melrose (6.5m); John Fleming, Kelso (6m); David McKay, Kelso (11.5m) and Amy Clancy, Peebles (14.5m) are among many Border athletes in the Castleholm track 90 metres handicap.

Every runner loves to win on their home town turf and Langholm’s Iain Little will be going all out to do so in the 800 metres and 1600 metres handicap events. Little is off 30 metres in the half mile and 85 metres in the mile and could make a big impression.

Kelso trio Colin Welsh (5m), Darrell Hastie (5m), and Wayne McIntosh (120m); Innerliethen’s Dean Whiteford (110m), Adam Craig TLJT (55m), Andrew Thomson Jed AC (125m), Rory Anderson. Hawick (85m), Felix Otton. Gala Harriers (185m) and Alistair Laurie Selkirk (350m) are in the 1600 metres.

Other senior races as well as a string of junior and youth events make up the rest of the Langholm programme.

The 2012 Classic Points Leagues are starting to take shape and there are only three Border Athletics (BA) meetings left, Langholm, Meadowmill and Morebattle, to decide who will be invited to take part in the Classic Events meeting at Tweedbank on August 25.

The top 12 in the sprint leagues and the top eight in the distance leagues will receive an invitation. Athletes must have accumulated enough points to be entered in the open events on Classic day and have run at a minimum of three 2012 BA meetings. Invitations will be issued after Morebattle and will have a date for response – miss the date and the next one down the league will be invited.