Looking forward to a Beltane day at Peebles

Amy Clancy winning the Jedburgh Games Sprint in 2010
Amy Clancy winning the Jedburgh Games Sprint in 2010

So far this season, a lady runner has yet to win a sprint final on the Border Games scene.

On Sunday, however, six women will be gunning to put this to rights in the 110m handicap at Peebles Beltane Sports.

Leading the challenge is hometown girl, Amy Clancy of Peebles.

A former winner of the Jedburgh Games 110m handicap, Clancy runs from 18m, while also representing the ladies on the Whitestone Park sprint track are, Mhairi Henderson (22.5m) and Jasmin Tomlinson (17.5m) from TLJT, Jed Athletic Club’s Holly Mackay (21m) and Martha Douglas (20.5m), plus Laura McCracken of East Lothian (14m).

Back marker in the sprint is Edinburgh flyer Tom Holligan (scratch), the recent victor of the Selkirk Games 110m handicap.

Another top event on the Peebles card is the one-lap handicap.

Amongst the many Borders runners bidding for glory in this 266m race – which is a change from the normal 200m event – are Dylan Ali (11m), Kyle Potts (33m), Luke Lowther (39m), Jenna Gillan (56m), Euan Pettigrew (23m), Craig Bruce (25m), Jack Wilson (29m), David Mackay (38m) and Drew Bryson (55m).

Running from the back in this one is Tom Holligan (11m).

In his last two track appearances, Selkirk distance runner Alastair Laurie has finished in second after being pipped at the post on both occasions.

Laurie will be hoping for better luck over the same distance on Sunday from his 365m handicap.

Colin Welsh (60m), Dean Whiteford (160m), Kobe Stevens (160m), Ruaridh Britton (215m), Gavin Tait (250m) and Andrew Thomson (140m) are some of the other Borders athletes included in the mile.

Other senior races, as well as a full card of youth’s events completes the Peebles bill.

z Other athletics action is set to take place this weekend in and around Melrose and Hawick.

On Saturday, the Eildon 3 Hill Race goes under starter’s orders at the new start time of 2.30pm, while on Sunday, Teviotdale Harriers are holding a 125-mile Relay Run to celebrate the club’s anniversary of that amount of years.

Starting at 4pm, each runner will run a marked one-mile route handing the baton to the next awaiting runner.

This will be a continuous run until the 125 miles have been completed.

Anyone wishing to take part should contact Norman Taylor on 01450 375400 or 07981 485750. All ages and abilities will be made most welcome.