JEDBURGH teenager Craig Grieve capped his best season to date with victory in the first BSLT 150m Classic – and admitted he wished the event was added to the Border Games circuit.
The 19-year-old romped to his fourth title of 2011 at Tweedbank Athletics Stadium in the special ‘Champion of Champions’ event to mark the end of Borders Athletics’ summer games circuit.
The winner of Oxton and St Ronan’s Games’ sprints recorded a time of 15.20 seconds to take the £500 top prize ahead of fellow Tweed Leader Jed Track member Angus Stanners and Graeme Lister of Kirkcaldy.
Grieve told TheSouthern: “It was my first competitive race at the distance, but I would love it to be added to the games circuit.
“The key is to get away well and thankfully I did. It has been my best season to date and that is due to my training going well with Bruce Scott and Jock Steede.”
And it was Scott who captured an impressive ninth win of the season in the 150m Open in wet and windy conditions.
The veteran Earlston athlete edged a photo finish in front of Lee Goodfellow and Dylan Ali.
Scott said: “I heard someone say Lee had won it, but I put in a last desperate dip right on the line, which must have made the difference.
“The 150m is a novelty event and has caused problems for a few of the athletes. I did struggle in my heat, but turned it round in the final.”
Jed Athletic Club enjoyed a double success during Sunday’s meeting. Firstly, 18-year-old Stuart Somervail stormed to victory to take the 1,500m Open – his first title for two years, which was also at Tweedbank.
Rory Marshall, 14, then scooped the 150m Youth race with a great run in 16.64 seconds for Chico Woods’ school.
Another impressive performance came from Daniel Elliot, whose back mark of 11m in the 150m juniors’ final proved no problem to the 11-year-old Teri. The youngster’s other win this season was also at Tweedbank, but Elliot said: “It doesn’t matter to me whether I run on grass or the tartan track.
“I am really glad to win as the conditions were quite difficult.”
The remaining event of the day, the 1,500m youths’ race, was won by Kelso’s Jason McIntosh, who held off the challenge of Kobe Stevens from Moorfoot.
McIntosh, 13, the son of Borders Games middle distance regular Wayne, must wish the season was just beginning, having won his last two races, at Morebattle and Tweedbank.
He said: “I thought the conditions were alright – the rain seemed to push me on along the back straight.”
z Jedburgh athlete Sophie Elder heads to Derby for the National Junior League final with Team Edinburgh this weekend, following victory at the Inter-district Championships in Wishaw last Saturday.
The Lasswade AC runner clocked a personal best time of 42.15 seconds in the under-18 300m as she won the race as part of Team East, who won the overall event.