Super Saturday for Borders athletes

BORDERS athletes stepped up to the plate in quite magnificent fashion in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International at the Emirates Indoor Arena on Saturday.

West Linton middle distance man Chris O’Hare won the 1,500m in 3.48.62, three hundredths of a second from Kenyan James Magut.

“I thought with 100m to go, I’ve just got to keep my form and I’ll get it,” he said.

“I took a quick look back with 50m to go and they were closer than I thought, but I got it by a hair. It felt really good to be a part of this and having the huge home crowd behind me.”

Newcastleton’s visually impaired sprinter Libby Clegg tasted success in the T12 60m with 7.97 seconds – a new national indoor record.

“I’m really happy because it’s an improvement on last year, but I reckon we can go quicker. We’ve gone sub-eight seconds and it felt easy,” said Libby.

Berwick athlete Guy Learmonth also set a new Scottish national record of 1.16.48 when he won the 600m.

On Tuesday, Learmonth was in action again when he ran an 800m race in Vienna, winning and setting a world season best time of 1.47.80.