Thirlestane Castle has a historic past – and this Sunday another chapter is set to be written.
For on its grounds, an athletics meeting will take place – the inaugural Lauder Games.
Looking to be king of the castle is Jedburgh flyer Craig Grieve of TLJT who has been named as back marker in the 90m handicap. Winner of the Oxton Games sprint last Saturday, Grieve has been placed on a mark of 3m by handicapper Don Campbell.
Kelso’s Fraser Neil, who has shown up well throughout the season, goes from 6.5m. Making her first track appearance since returning from holiday, Peebles runner Amy Clancy is on 15m, while Mhairi Henderson of TLJT goes from 21m.
Running from the back in the 1,600m handicap is Kelso’s Colin Welsh (70m).
Front man in the mile is Oxton Games’ 1,600m winner Alistair Laurie of Selkirk (375m).
Among the youngsters getting down on their marks in the junior 90m handicap are Freya Reid, Earlston (20m); Imogen Lewis, Peebles (26m); Cameron Falconer, TLJT (27m); Tom Fowler, Hawick (19m); Harry Fuller, Chirnside (23m); and Fraser Clyne, Teviotdale Harriers (22m).
The youths’ 800m handicap has attracted a big entry which includes Sarah Davenport, TLJT (225m); Lewis Renwick, Hawick (230m); Josh Abbot, Kelso (165m); Alisa Innes, Moorfoot (170m); and Thomas Otton, Gala Harriers (80m).
Other youth and senior events complete the Lauder programme.