Runners have their designs on tartan track

THE Border Games circuit switches from a grass track to tartan, with the staging of Tweedbank Games on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

As past meetings have proved, the change of surface has on occasions altered the form book and it could well be the same this time around.

Jedburgh’s Greg Turnbull (4m) from TLJT is back marker for the 90m handicap, while clubmate Stephanie Common, who gained top honours in the recent Oxton Games 200m handicap, goes from 21m.

Also representing the ladies is Linda Nicholson of Peebles (23.5m) who is a former winner of the Tweedbank sprint, as well as Emily Douglas, Jed AC (20.5m) and Kelso’s Lee Gillie (19.5m).

Other Border athletes set to get down on their marks include: Peter Denholm, Melrose (9m); Craig Douglas, Selkirk (20.5m); Angus Stanners, Selkirk (7.5m); Fraser Welsh, TLJT (8.5m); Darrin Scott, TLJT (12.5m); Ryan Trimby, Hawick (13.5m); James Parker, Hawick (5.5m); Darren Tomlinson, Jed AC (12.5m) and Seb Harrison, Jed AC (5.5m).

One of the top prospects on the amateur scene, Guy Learmonth (scratch) of Dunbar, is set to appear in the 800m handicap. Rory Anderson of Hawick (70m), Andrew Thomson of Jed AC and Chris Black of Kelso (77.5m) are also in this one.

In the 1,600m handicap, Darrell Hastie, Kelso (30m), Stuart Somervail, Jed AC (165m) and Anne Fojcik, Hawick (260m) are part of the field.

A 200m handicap, as well as junior and youth races, complete the card.