IT NEVER rains – but it pours, and pours and pours.
The Border Games Circuit has had more than its fair share of showers this season, but Saturday’s deluge took the biscuit. From 2pm till 5pm, it never let up, ranging from drizzly to torrential and anything in between. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter the brave Borders runners from pouring into Tweedbank Sports Complex where some outstanding performers certainly made a splash on the tartan track.
Leading the way was TLJT coach/athlete Bruce Scott (17.5m) who added to his season’s tally of seven wins when taking the 90 metres open handicap title in a time of 9.26 seconds. Having already lifted the 2011 Kelso sprint title at the beginning of July, the 52-year-old from Earlston did it all again in the rain on Saturday by racing to a 9.37 heat win before breaking the tape in the final ahead of Hawick duo Jamie Parker (7.5m) and David Hush (20.5m) respectively.
Scott told TheSouthern: “In finals you have to get everything right. Last week at Langholm Ross Weir did everything right and got the win – I couldn’t have done anything more. This week, though, I got it right and everything just fell into place for me. I couldn’t ask for much more than two Borders sprint titles and I’m absolutely delighted to have won on my home track.”
And the evergreen runner, who is charging his way up the Border Athletics League table, almost made it a double after making it to the final of the 200m. Having been pulled four metres following his sprint victory, Scott (31m) blasted through the last 10 metres of his heat to take victory. Elsewhere, fellow TLJT runner Darrin Scott (26m) had won his heat with Hush (40m) also making his second final appearance of the day.
This time it was the Hawick athlete who triumphed and despite giving it his all at the end Bruce was beaten to the tape by Darrin in an exciting duel for second and third positions.
“I felt great again for the 200 and had a good win in my heat”, he added.
“The final was just a run too far and I just couldn’t do enough at the end. All credit to Davie Hush – he deserved the win. Darrin, too, for getting second. There’s always a wee bit added interest when you come up against your training partners and he ran well today.”
Victory also went the way of Hawick in the 800 metre open when 19-year-old Rory Anderson (70m) came from well back in the field to pick off his opponents and take the first place ahead of Jed AC duo Andrew Thompson (82.5m) and Stuart Somervail (92.5).
Having already collected several wins on the grass tracks, Anderson was delighted to conquer the artificial track also. He told us: “It’s a lot different to running on grass, but you don’t think about it and just concentrate on the job in hand. I’m really pleased with my performance, but I’m going to be sore tomorrow.”
In the final adult event of the day – the 1,600 metres open – it was fitting that TLJT took the honours with 16-year-old Adam Craig (110) giving his all to run in ahead of Innerleithen’s Dean Whiteford (120m) and Darell Hastie of Kelso (30m).
The Earlston High School pupil collapsed over the line, having worked hard to catch the athletes ahead of him, but once he’d caught his breath he told us: “I have been second twice this season, but haven’t managed a win yet. I was aware of how far ahead the other runners were, but I wanted a win so much and I am so glad to have got it.”
Also on the Tweedbank card was a full set of junior and youth events which provided the large, if somewhat drookit, crowd with a deluge of excitement and entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Fergus Rule (Leithenburn) claimed a close victory from Kazya Stevens (Moorfoot) and Robbie Renwick (Peebles) in the 90-metre junior final.
Selkirk’s Kerr Gerrard claimed his first victory on the Borders circuit in the youths’ 90 metres, just holding off backmarker Ryan Elliot, Hawick, with Daniel Chapman, Kelso, in third place.
Running from the back mark, Fraser Wardhaugh swept past his rivals in the 800-metre youths’ to triumph. Kyle Potts, TLJT, just made it into second place ahead of Scarlet Yates, Jed AC.
Hawick’s Daniel Elliot looked majestic in taking the 200-metre junior event from fellow Teri Phillipa Robertson and Mhairi Davidson of Moorfoot.
Not to be outdone by his younger brother, Ryan Elliot, Hawick, went one better than his second place in the 90 metres to win the 200-metre youths’ handicap. The other two placings went to TLJT pair Charlie Wilson and Craig Smith respectively.