Corey Wilson has played rugby for Hawick Wanderers and football for Hawick Legion – but, on Saturday, running was his game.
For the boots were off and the spikes were on as Wilson hit the glory trail at St Ronans Games, by emerging victorious in the 100 metres handicap on the Victoria Park track.
Following a heat victory in 10.82 seconds, from a mark of 12 metres, 20-year-old Wilson earned himself a final place with a cross tie triumph in 10.44 seconds.
The scene was now set for an exciting-looking final, which comprised two other Hawick sprinters, Glyn Desport (8m) and Leon Ali (9m), plus Tommy Finkle of TLJT (15m), Jack Beattie of Rosyth and Kevin Turner of Dalkeith (20.5m).
And it was Wilson who did the scene stealing by surging home in five-star style to break the tape in 10.54 seconds.
Desport emerged second and Finkle third.
Reflecting on his winning performance, Wilson said: “I have been in a few sprint finals in the Borders but this is the first time I have won one. I felt good after winning my heat and then did a good time in my cross tie and felt I could have a chance in the final. Thankfully, I managed to do it and I am really thrilled to have won at last.”
It’s reckoned always to be a big thrill to win a race on your home town track and Innerleithen’s own Dean Whiteford soaked this in when triumphing in the 1600 metres handicap.
Whiteford (110m) looked a man with a purpose from the gun – he was going all out for a win and was cheered every stride of the way by a buzzing home support,
Whiteford duly produced the goods to the full to win well in 4 minutes 30.72 seconds, with the other placings going the way of Colin Welsh of Kelso (45m) and Greg Walker of Hawick (105m).
With a smile as broad as the Victoria Park track, Whiteford said: “I had no race plan. It was just a case of doing the best I could to get a win, and the crowd helped me get this win as they were just amazing. I could hear them shouting and cheering me on.
“This gave me a lift and made me feel more confident and I ran better, as I didn’t want to let them down.”
Back marker Rory Anderson of Hawick (20m) pulled out the stops to take the 800 metres handicap.
Coming down the home straight, the race was anybody’s as the field was so close together. Anderson, however, had the last say with a strong, powerful finish that carried him through the winning line ahead of Andrew Ronald of Falkirk (82.5m) and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (35m) in 1 minute 59.47 seconds.
Cameron grieve of Tweed Leader Jed Track (TLJT) gave a great account of himself in winning the 100 metres invitation sprint. Kelso pair Connor Gillan and John Fleming came in second and third respectively. The winning time was 10.97 seconds.
Andy Cullen of Corstorphine (41m) edged out Mhairi Henderson of TLJT (47m) and Kyle Potts of Hawick (20m) in the final of the 200 metres handicap in 21.75 seconds.
All the youth events on the St Ronans card conjured up some excellent running. Coached by John Motion, 14-year-old Same Archibald of Leithenburn (16m) emerged a highly impressive winner of the youths’ 90 metres ‘A’ race handicap.
He said: “I have missed most of the season through injury and only started to train last week, so I didn’t think I would do very well, and I am quite
shocked that I got a win.”
Olivia Rodden of Jed AC (365m) was the victor of the youth’s 1600 metres handicap in 4 minutes 40.38 seconds.
Other results: Youths’ 90 metres ‘B’ race – Shellee Fojick (Jed AC), Youths’ 200 metres ‘B’ race – Fraser Rout (TLJT), Youths’ 200 metres ‘A’ race
– Fraser Clyne (Hawick), 800 metres American Cup – Aaron Glendinning (Leithenburn), 200 metres New Zealand Cup – Luke Rathie (Leithenburn).