Rugby recruit Parker lifts Jed Sprint title

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HAWICK rugby supporters will be celebrating tonight after the club’s latest signing, James Parker, lifted the prestigious Jedburgh Sprint title at Riverside Park this afternoon.

The 18-year-old flyer was cheered on by a record crowd at the venue which was blessed with brilliant weather over the whole day.

Parker, who has signed for Hawick RFC following two seasons with Gala Wanderers, has provided Hawick coach Billy Edgar with his first ever Jed Sprint winner.

An 800 metre professional record attempt by top Borders amateur runner Guy Learmonth also had the Riverside crowd on it’s feet but the hot sticky conditions hampered the distance athletes and the record, which was set on a tartan track, remains in tact.

Full report and pictures in Thursday’s Southern Reporter.