New Year challenge awaits for Selkirk father and son

Hawick Sprint Club including Selkirk father and son Craig (front row left) and Colin (front centre) Bruce
Hawick Sprint Club including Selkirk father and son Craig (front row left) and Colin (front centre) Bruce

Like father, like son is certainly the case as far as Selkirk sprinters Colin and Craig Bruce are concerned.

Indeed from the summer months deep into the heart of winter, the twosome put a great deal into their chosen sport.

Of late, Colin and Craig have been training in preparation for the forthcoming historical New Year sprint.

The heats of the event will be staged at Meadowmill Stadium today, December 30, with the cross-ties and final taking place at Musselburgh racecourse on New Year’s Day.

Bruce senior, 51-year-old Colin, said: “The sprint is going to be really different this time as it is going to be run on two completely different surfaces.

“This is something really unique. There is a massive difference between running on a tartan track and grass, and it’s a big challenge for runners.

“I enjoy a challenge, though, and I am looking forward to the sprint.”

In recent years, Colin has had his own running school, which included Craig, but the past few months has seen the pair travelling down the A7 to do their training.

“Craig and I have joined the Hawick Sprint Club which has Che Campbell as coach,” explained Colin. “Che knows his stuff and is a great coach. It has been a good move, especially for me, as it has taken away the pressures that come with coaching.”

Colin, who has appeared in two New Year Sprint finals in the past as well as hitting the glory trail on the Borders Games scene – having twice won the Selkirk and Jedburgh Games sprints, as well as the Langholm Games sprint last summer – added: “We have been training on grass at Hawick and on the tartan at Tweedbank, and all of the runners from the club are hoping to do well this week.”

Twenty-year-old Craig, an Earlston rugby player, commented: “I have been running at the New Year since I was a youth and I enjoy it.

“Since becoming a senior I have managed to get into a New Year sprint final and that was a big thrill for me. I don’t know how I will do this time, but I will be trying my best.”