Morebattle games cancelled with decision still to be made on Langholm

The Morebattle Summer 
Borders Games are the latest of the event to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis facing the country.

Morebattle memories - Dylan Ali breaks the tape in the 400m handicap open in 2017 (archive image by Bill McBurnie)
Morebattle memories - Dylan Ali breaks the tape in the 400m handicap open in 2017 (archive image by Bill McBurnie)

Originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8, they were one of two meetings given a cancellation reprieve by Borders Athletics back in March.

The Three Bridges at Peebles on May 3, Earlston (May 10), Hawick (June 7), Selkirk (June 13), Peebles (June 21) , Kelso (June 28), CERF (July 3), Jedburgh (July 11) and St Ronans (July 18) were all called off early into lockdown, with decisions pending on events at Morebattle and Langholm.

A decision will be made on the Langholm Games once a meeting of the event organisers is able to be held.

Borders Athletics announced last month that Langholm chairman Tommy Morrison’s 22-year-old son Scott had tragically passed away following an accident.

The meeting to decide the immediate future of the Langholm event has been put on hold out of respect for the Morrison family’s loss.

A spokesman for Borders Athletics did suggest, however that it was highly unlikely that the event would be going ahead, thus seeing the entire Border Summer Games programme for 2020 cancelled.

The most recent update from Scottish Athletics came on April 24 when it confirmed that no event would take place until July at the earliest.

The statement read: “Scottish Athletics can confirm that all licensed events due up to June 30 this year have been suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.

“A whole host of athletics events scheduled for the next couple of months have already been cancelled or rescheduled and these can be checked on our Events Section 
calendar.

“Scottish Athletics will now not sanction any licensed events until July at the earliest.”