Sprinters all set to go the distance

A sprint handicap normally conjures up the biggest prize money at an open athletic meeting.

At Kelso Games on Sunday, however, it is the 200m handicap that is the main attraction on the Poynder Park card.

The race consists of five heats and has an exciting look about it.

Back marker for the event is Adam Rogers of South Shields, who goes from 9m. Hawick’s Leigh Marshall and Martyn Paterson of Clackmannan, two former New Year Sprint winners are off marks of 11m, as is Seb Harrison of Jed AC.

Bidding to put victory Kelso’s way are brothers John (18m) and Matthew (36m) plus Dave McKay (31m), Andrew Hogarth (34m) and Euan Pettigrew (24m).

In the 100m handicap, Kelso’s own Euan Pettigrew (8.5m), Cameron Grieve, Jed Ac (8m); David Grieve, Hawick (14m); Colin Bruce, Selkirk (10.5m); and Jenna Gillan (21.5m) are among the Borders representation.

Kelso’s Adie Gray school has produced many winners in distance races over the years and set to run under his guidance in the 1,600m handicap are Colin Welsh (60m) and Wayne McIntosh (180m).