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Matthew Fleming takes the tape in the sprint final at Earlston Games
Matthew Fleming takes the tape in the sprint final at Earlston Games

With only two meetings left, the Border Games circuit carousel is slowly coming to a halt.

On Saturday however matters continue to spin though with the staging of Morebattle Games.

Top event on the Tofts track programme is the 110 metres handicap.

Morebattle may not have a representative in the sprint but there is nevertheless a strong local interest from neighbouring Kelso.

Heading the list is Fraser Neil. From the Adie Gray school, strong running Neil has shown up well throughout the season. A sprint victory however has still to come his way.

Neil could be there or there abouts in achieving this on the pastures of the Tofts.

Also gunning for glory for the Gray stable are brothers John and Matthew Fleming, who have strong Morebattle family connections.

John runs from 6 metres, while Matthew, the winner of this seasons Earlston Games sprint is off 12.5 metres.

Another Tweedsider liable to impress is Ewan Pettigrew.

Competing under the banner of Jed AC, Pettigrew has been placed on a mark of 4.5 metres by handicapper Don Campbell.

Amongst other Border athletes in the sprint are, Craig Bruce, Selkirk (7.5m), Kevin Amos, Jed AC (14m), Mhairi Henderson, TLJT (23m), Jack Wilson, Hawick (10m) and Amy Clancy, Peebles (14.5m).

Kelso’s Colin Welsh along with Nathan Cox of Morpeth Harriers competes from scratch in the 1600 metres handicap which also includes Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (120m), Jason McIntosh of Kelso (60m), Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot (110m), Rory Anderson of Hawick (60m) and Alistair Laurie of Selkirk (320m).

A full card of other senior races plus youth’s events completes the Morebattle bill.