The high standard of running at Earlston Games last Saturday has set a hot pace for the remainder of the Border open athletic season, writes John Slorance.
So much so, this Sunday’s Hawick Border Games staged at the Volunteer Park is being looked at with great anticipation.
A strong point of the Earlston meeting was the impressive showing of young runners in the sprint handicap, and this weekend the same sprinters are set to blaze again in the 110m handicap.
Luke Lowther of Jed AC, victor of the Earlston sprint, finds himself off 18.5m, while second-placed Dylan Ali of Tweed Leader Jed Track (TLJT) is off 8.5m in the 12-heat event.
Other Borders athletes aiming for the sprint title at Volunteer Park are: Craig Grieve (TLJT) 6m, Seb Harrison (Jed AC) 5m, Sam Bandeen (Hawick) 8m, Sean Grant (Innerleithen) 10.5m, Amy Clancy (Peebles) 16.5m, Colin Bruce (Selkirk) 10m and David McKay (Kelso) 12m.
Back marker for the event is Scottish amateur internationalist Craig Fleming of Belgrave, who is off 1.5m.
Running from the back in the 800m is Kelso’s Colin Welsh (scratch). Fellow Tweedside runner Wayne McIntosh is off (120m), while Innerleithen’s Dean Whiteford runs from (100m).
On the start line for the 1600m handicap are Hawick’s Rory Anderson (75m), Ryan Milligan of Langholm (125m), Kelso’s Chris Black (25m) and Alastair Laurie of Selkirk (320m).
Other senior, junior and youth races complete the Hawick programme.