Smith goes from scratch

The open athletic season marches on with St Ronans Games on Saturday, writes John Slorance.

The main event on the Victoria Park card is the 110m handicap, which consists of eight heats.

Scottish amateur internationalist Nick Smith of Shaftesbury, who won the Border Athletics 100m Championship in impressive style at Jedburgh Border Games last Saturday, is off scratch for the sprint.

Hawick’s Ross Weir, second in the final of the Jed-Forest 110m handicap, goes from 21m, which is a metre less than his Jedburgh mark. Third in the Jedburgh sprint, Craig Grieve of TLJT, remains on his handicap of 8m. Coached by John Steede, Grieve should show up well.

Also liable to catch the eye is another TLJT man, Callum Murray. Winner of the Earlston Games and Peebles Beltane Sports sprints already this season, Murray has been placed on a mark of 9.5m.

Amongst many Border athletes set to compete in the St Ronans sprint are: Peter Denholm Melrose (11m), Amy Clancy Peebles (18m), Ryan Henderson Selkirk (12.5m), David Mackay Kelso (16m), James Parker Hawick (9m), Craig Gillan TLJT (8.5m) and Ron Sutherland Innerleithen (34.5m).

Hawick’s Rory Anderson (45m) is back marker for the 800m handicap which also features Innerleithen veteran James Whiteford (142.5m).

Border distance runners included in the 1600m handicap are Chris Black Kelso (75m), Adam Craig TLJT (100m), Colin Williams Moorfoot (140m) and Gary Law (390m).

In the junior/youths’ 1,600m handicap, Marc Berry of TLJT (75m) goes from the back, while Amy Campbell of Hawick (380m) runs from the front.

Other senior, junior and youths’ events complete the St Ronan’s card.