Work never stops for rally organisers

Kelso Town Square preparations for the finish of last year's Jim Clark Rally.
Kelso Town Square preparations for the finish of last year's Jim Clark Rally.
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TWO months to go, but planning for this year’s Jim Clark Rally and Jim Clark Reivers Rally started even before last year’s had begun.

This year’s events, scheduled to run over the weekend of Friday May 30 to Sunday June 1 will feature a number of changes, including one major re-location.

Due to a clash of dates at Kelso Racecourse, the rally Service & Technology Park will be based on the other side of Kelso at Springwood Park Showground on Friday and Saturday before transferring to Duns for the Sunday run.

According to Jim Clark Rally, Clerk of the Course, Russel Blood: “The change will be good for the event and for spectators.Kelso Racecourse has been good to us over the years, and we managed to cope with a wedding reception in the clubhouse at the same time as the rally last year, but the showground opens up many more possibilities.”

Russel wouldn’t be drawn on the detail.

He said: “We are planning to put on a show in Springwood Park, but I can’t say much more at this stage.

“But given the scope of the showground, and the tarmac road running around, it has given us a few ideas.”

Not to be outdone, Clerk of the Course for Sunday’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally, Colin Smith said: “Russel and I have been planning this for some time, and although the bigger event will be based at the showground in Kelso and the one-day event in Duns, we have got some exciting plans to enhance the spectator experience on the Sunday too.”

Last year the Jim Clark Rally weekend attracted 267 entries, which meant 534 individual crew members from all four corners of the UK –and further afield – descended on the Borders with an additional 1,000 rally team support crew members plus families and friends and of course dozens of volunteer marshals and officials. It’s also one of the biggest sporting spectator attractions in the region.

The Jim Clark Rally and Reivers Rally will again be supported by Scottish Borders Council. The rally organisers are grateful for their help and the assistance of the new Police Scotland.