Loud music drifted over St Ronan’s Games from a neighbouring fairground. On the Victoria Park running track, however, there was a hush.
Hawick athlete David Hush, to be exact. For the veteran Teri runner proved that silence was golden when winning the top event on the card, the 110m handicap.
A beaten finalist at Jedburgh Games the previous week, Hush showed he was in with a shout of doing something special when roaring home in his heat in 11.56 seconds.
Competing from a mark of 22m, the 51-year-old, a member of the Billy Edgar school, then earned himself a final place with an impressive cross-tie victory in 11.40, clinching a showdown with stable companion David Grieve (14m), Graeme Armstrong of Edinburgh (16.5m), TLJT’s Tommy Finkle (12m), Innerleithen’s own Sean Grant (10m) plus Robbie Shirra-Gibb of St Boswells (7.5m).
In the final, Hush delivered the goods to the full yet again, surging through the tape in 11.46 seconds, the other placings going the way of Armstrong and Grieve.
Hush was thrilled with his triumph and told The Southern: “I was pleased with the way I ran last week and because of this I thought I could be in with a chance of doing something today, but I knew I had a lot of hard work to do.
“My confidence grew after I won my heat in a good time and I managed to go on to pull off what is only my second 110m win in 30 years of running at the games.”
Adam Craig of TLJT produced some good running to take the 800m handicap.
Hawick’s Francis Cannon (210m) led the field as the bell sounded for the last lap, with hometown men Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (75m) and Craig (55m) in hot pursuit.
Garden centre worker Craig had reached full bloom by the end of the race to emerge victorious. Whiteford finished second and Reece Taylor of Hawick (70m) third.
Craig said: “I had to go hard from the start as I felt everyone in the race was a danger to me. It was my first win of the season and I am very happy about it.”
In the 200m handicap, it was the stylish young Mhairi Henderson of TLJT (48m) who took the honours.
Henderson, who won at Burntisland Games earlier in the week, did the business again with a splendid run from start to finish to gain the honours ahead of Amy Clancy of Peebles (90m) and Euan Pettigrew of Kelso (26m).
Sixteen-year-old Megan Shiel also shone for the ladies by hitting her best form of the season to come out on top in the invitation 110m handicap.
John Thomson of Coaltown emerged a clear-cut victor of the 1600m handicap and, running under the banner of Gala Harriers, Nathan Cox gave a five-star show to take the junior/youths equivalent.
In the junior 90m handicap, 12-year-old Shannon Taitt of TLJT (9.5m) blitzed to a fine victory and Anna Forsyth of Leithenburn (17.5m) took the youths’ title.
Amy Campbell of Hawick (20m) was narrowly beaten in her heat of the junior 200m event to qualify as a fastest loser, but came out with a vengeance in the final to take the honours, while 13-year-old Andrew Palmer (25m) also put victory Hawick’s way by taking top place in the youths’ event. Palmer is coached by Billy Edgar, who had four winners overall on the day.
Craig Angus of Leithenburn (160m) was an excellent winner of the 800m handicap for the American Cup (confined), while Ethan Huxley of Innerleithen (52m) took the honours in the 200m New Zealand Trophy.