While sports fixtures were being wiped out all over the Borders last weekend, one group of hardy athletes were relishing the prospect of some wintry terrain.
Conditions were ideal for the third running of the Feel the Burns race, organised by Selkirk Fund Runners, which saw 196 participants of all ages and abilities take to the hills around Selkirk.
Prizewinners (men): 1, Andrew Fallas 1.35.47 (Carnethy HRC); 2, Dougie Tullie 1.36.07 (Hunters Bog Trotters); 3, Dan Gay 1.41.27 (HBT). Ladies: 1, Helen Bonsor 1.53.15 (Carnethy HRC); 2, Fiona Dalgleish 2.05.53 (Gala Harriers); 3, Elaine Omand 2.07.41 (Dundee Road Runners).
Organisers wish to thank Sainsburys Selkirk (a regular supporter of the Fund Runners), Darren Hoggan from Waters the Butchers and the usual faithful helpers who turned out in force to make the day a roaring success.
The group hope to have raised in excess of £1,000 for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue.
Placings from the final leg of the East District Cross-country League at Broxburn (see story on page 74).
U11 girls: 18th, I. Taylor 6.52; 22nd, H. Hobbs 7.02; U11 boys: 11th, G. Collins 5.57; 14th A. Fuller 6.01; 19th P. Cannon 6.12; 26th, F. MacIver; 36th, E. McConnell; 47th, C. Campbell 7.34. Team fourth on the day and fourth overall.
U13 girls: 18th, M. Falconer 11.58; 24th, M. Morris 12.35; 25th, E. Forbes 12.36; 32nd, C. Morrison 12.52.
U13 boys: 24th, F. Collins 11.38; 50th, J. McDonald 13.46;
U17/U15 girls: 11th, Z. Aziz 17.03; 17th, K. Rourke 17.39; 22nd, L. Jack 17.39 (all TB runners U15). Team seventh on day and sixth overall.
U15 boys: 7th, C. Tharme 15.23; 11th, J. Logan 15.36; 19th, C. Campbell 15.59. Team fifth on day and fifth overall.
Following the completion of league fixtures, action for the seniors switched to the Jock Brodie Competition and the first game in the round robin.
On this occasion the opponents were Midlothian and it was a promising start by the Tweedbank team.
At one stage, two of the three rinks were ahead and Tweedbank were ahead on shots overall. This, however, did not last and in the latter part of the game only the one rink was in front and shots were in favour of Midlothian.
In the end there was a win for Alistair Gammie, Jimmy Redpath, Billy Nisbet and Rob Fulton, but both the other rinks lost. The final result was a 6-2 victory for Midlothian.
The next game is on Wednesday, February 4, against Falkirk.
On Saturday, the ladies entertained neighbours Teviotdale in the last league match of the season. There was nothing at stake, however, both teams wanted to finish on a high note with the Scottish Cup to come.
The match started very well for Tweedbank and by the halfway stage they led by more than 30 shots. Although Teviotdale stemmed the tide the advantage proved too much to recover and the final result was 103-60 in favour of Tweedbank.
The highest win was achieved by Matty Smith, Christine Kellett, Alison Murray and Lauren Upton. Particularly in the first 10 ends, Upton was in excellent form and hopefully she and the rest of the ladies will carry this success into the Scottish Cup.
The first round is on Saturday, February 7, against East Fife at Headwell.
The gents travelled to Inverclyde and their poor away form continued, losing by 103-74. Fortunately, their good form at home means that they retain fourth place in the league with just the one match to come, this Saturday at home to Ayr, who lead the league just one point ahead of Inverclyde.
Even if the Tweedbank team doesn’t win they will still finish fourth and be out of danger from relegation issues.
Sunday brought the second match in the Scottish Team Championship against Teviotdale at Midlothian with Tweedbank winning 6-2.
This sets up a match against Abbeyview on Sunday, February 8, at Bainfield. Another win will take the Tweedbank team into the quarter-final stages.
Sunday was also the occasion for the Commonwealth Youth Games qualifiers and Tweedbank was one of six venues for the boys. The competition started with a round robin phase, with each of the players contesting three games to decide the semi-finalists. The first semi-final saw a comfortable win for Ajay Condy (Berwickshire) over Kieron Ward (The Leith).
The second semi was between Lewis Deveney (Midlothian) and Liam Nicholson (Tweedbank). Nicholson had three good victories in the round robin stages and although Deveney made things difficult, leading by 9-6 at one stage, Nicholson recovered to win 15-9.
And in the final, Nicholson was again in fine form. Unfortunately, having played very well all day, Condy had some difficulty with the weight and it was a comfortable win for Nicholson, who now goes forward to the next qualifying stage.
Overall, it had been a very successful day with the boys showing great promise for the future, which can only be good for the sport.
At club level, members are advised that it has been necessary to change the dates for singles and triples competitions. Any members involved in either of these competitions should consult noticeboards accordingly.
Borders Ice Rink
Congratulations to all involved in the Pate Trophy, played last Saturday.
Clubs nominated to take part were Coldstream, St Boswells, Lauderdale, Selkirk, Roxburghe, Jedburgh, Foulden and the President’s Select, naturally with Neil McLain in charge. While Midlothian may have struggled for numbers, this win goes to help restore the balance for the Border Province in reducing the deficit.
The Open Pairs this season was won by Gary Craig, who schooled his novice lead, Peter Bowyer to great effect.
It is possible that this lad could go on to greater things.
In section A of the Agrii Border League, Yester’s win over Foulden brings the Jesters into second spot behind the Saintly leaders. Coldstream’s win over Teviotdale has brought them up the ladder to fourth. Lauderdale’s defeat of Selkirk brings them up to third in B section, ahead of Kelso who overcame Chirnside in the other game.
Much, in fact all, of this data has been gleaned from the ice rink website, which your correspondent is beginning to understand as time goes on. An original bit of news is that David Wright’s rink effectively shut out his opposite number to the extent that they won the Great Annual Foulden Invitation Bonspiel on Friday evening.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: 1, I. Casson net 40.
Belhaven Winter League (week 12): 1, D. Page; 2, D. Gribbin; 3, I. Ramsey.
JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club B 4 Jedburgh Legion 2; St Boswells 2 Hawick Conservative club A 4; Selkirk A 2 Hawick Burns Club B 4; Hawick Burns Club A 4 Selkirk B 2.
League standings after 17 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 68; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 55; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 55; 4, Selkirk B 48; 5, Selkirk A 48; 6, Jedburgh Legion 45; 7, St Boswells 45; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 44.
In the second event in the East of Scotland Squash Conference, Gala were up against it as they were missing key players – newly-crowned club champion Andy Gill, and the previous event’s man of the match John Sharratt.
The team that travelled comprised of Del Sharratt, Luis Molero, Ruaridh Kohler, Rachel McAleese and guest player William Tiercelin.
Sharratt took to the court first against Collinton Castle’s former Scottish Squash League player Mark Crease and was disposed of relatively quickly 11-8, 11-3. Kohler’s first match was just as tough as he went down 2-0 to Gordon Robertson – who was later crowned man of the match. Gala’s first victory came by way of Tiercelin, who beat Shane Martyn of Grange 2-0. Sharratt redeemed himself from his earlier loss by a stunning 2-1 victory over Grange captain Jamie Dalrymple (15-13, 6-11, 11-6).
Collinton Castle’s team was packed with quality players and they won the event with 22 points.
Grange fought well, with 15, followed by Watsonians 11 and Gala Squash Club with 8.
Event three will take place at 10am on Saturday, January 31, at Gala Squash and Racketball Club.
Club night friendlies: R. Kohler 2 D. Sharratt 1; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0.