Stanners soars to Selkirk sprint win

Selkirk Games. Open Sprint Final
Selkirk Games. Open Sprint Final

GALASHIELS runner Angus Stanners notched his first Borders Games victory on Saturday in the sunshine, heavy rain and swirling wind of Selkirk Common Riding Games.

The Gala flyer hit the high spots in winning the showpiece 110 metres handicap to pocket the £1,000 prize pot.

A student at Aberdeen University, 23-year-old Stanners (7m) showed it could well be his day when romping home to a heat win in 11.63 seconds, which was the quickest of the opening runs.

Competing under the banner of TLJT, Stanners in turn stormed to a cross tie triumph in 11.59 seconds.

This win earned him a final place along with home hope Geoff Keen of Selkirk (11.5m), Hawick’s Leigh Marshall (3m) and David Lauder (11.5m) as well as Billy Martin of Glenrothes (10m).

The last showdown belonged to Stanners however who, on the rain soaked Philiphaugh track, flew to an impressive win in a very fast time of 11.44 seconds. Keen was second and Marshall third.

For full report, reaction and pictures see this week’s Southern Reporter.