Jedburgh Border Games Preview

Hawick games. Dylan Ali of Hawick is presented the local athlete shield by John Slorance.
Hawick games. Dylan Ali of Hawick is presented the local athlete shield by John Slorance.

A 110 metres handicap which has a magnificent first prize of £3,000 plus a 100 metres Border Athletics Championship for a coveted title.

A programme that has a morning start of 10.30am and a programme that stages over 30 events from youths to seniors.

You name it and it’s all going to be happening at Jedburgh Border Games on Saturday at Riverside Park.

Back marker for the big sprint is Dylan Ali, from Hawick Sprint Club.

The 20-year-old has three wins under his belt this season, having won the Hawick and Selkirk Games sprints as well as the one lap event at Peebles Beltane Sports, and runs from scratch this weekend.

Jedburgh runner Jazmine Tomlinson of the TLJT Club, beaten by a matter of inches in the final of the City of Edinburgh Running Festival 110 metres handicap in which she came in second, is off 17 metres.

Other Jedburgh athletes bidding for glory on their home track include Craig Gillan (5.5m), Cameron Grieve (7.5m), Eoin Lowther (7.5m), Scott Richardson (8m), Terry Marshall (9m), Darren Tomlinson (12.5m), Kevin Amos (16m), Jenna Gillan (25m) and Martha Douglas (21m)

Glyn Desport (7m), Colin Bruce (13.5m), Amy Clancy (18.5m), Mhairi Henderson (26m) and David McKay (14m) are amongst a long list of Border runners set to be in action.

Australian Dylan Calleja has been placed on a mark of 3.5 metres by handicapper Ernie Blair while north east England challenger Connor Hedley of Bedlington is off 7 metres.

Jedburgh’s own Andrew Thomson is set to appear in the 800 metres event. Coached by Brian ‘Chico’ Woods, Thomson could well get himself in the winning frame. In the half mile, Thomson is on 40 metres. Jordan Taylor (50m), Kobe Stevens (20m) and Sophie Collins (140m) are amongst the Borderers in this one.

A free bus will be provided for spectators travelling from Jedburgh to Riverside. Route: Cross-roads Howden Road via Square and Phone Box at Bongate. Times: Morning (down) 10.15am; up, 12 noon; Afternoon (down) 1.15pm; up, finish of Games.