Gkontouin Imante winner of the main event at Langholm Games, 90m Open (Pics by Bill McBurnie)Gkontouin Imante winner of the main event at Langholm Games, 90m Open (Pics by Bill McBurnie)
Gkontouin Imante winner of the main event at Langholm Games, 90m Open (Pics by Bill McBurnie)

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Two Hawick runners were among the senior winners at Friday’s penultimate event of the Borders Games circuit, Langholm Common Riding’s round.

Robbie Welsh and Stewart Fraser were the region’s only first-place finishers in the Dumfries and Galloway event’s five non-scratch senior races.

Welsh won the 800m open in a time of just over two minutes, from a mark of 65m, with fellow Hawick competitor Stewart Fraser second and Jedburgh’s Kevin Wood third.

Fraser didn’t go home empty-handed, however, turning the tables on Welsh by winning the 1,600m open in a time of 4:39.88, from a mark of 110m. Welsh had to settle for third place over that distance, with another Hawick runner, Mark Young, finishing second.

Borders runners also finished second in all three other senior races.

Hawick’s Finlay Douglas lost out to Gkontouin Imante, of Glasgow’s Shettleston Harriers, in the 90m open, with Tweed Leader Jed Track’s Ryan Elliot finishing third. Imante clocked 9.58 second, from a mark of 4m.

Kelso’s Douglas Young finished runner-up to Edinburgh’s Graeme Armstrong in the 200m open, with Hawick’s Brodie Cowan third. Armstrong’s winning time was 22.56, from a mark of 39m.

Hawick’s Kyle Potts was denied a win in the 400m open by Kendal’s Jacob Aubrey, with another Cumbrian, Craig Sowerby, of Maryport’s Netherhall Athletics Club, crossing the line in third place. Aubrey clocked 52.75, from a mark of 3m.

Edinburgh’s Allan Hamilton won the 90m open scratch championship in 9.33 seconds and was also victorious in the day’s high jump competition, clearing 1.85m.

Borders youngsters won five of the event’s six youth races, the odd one out being the 90m contest for children aged nine to 12, first place in that one going to Annan’s Ava Bell with a time of 10.25, from a mark of 20m.

TLJT’s Tess Renwick was victorious over the same distance in the race for teenagers aged 13 to 16 in a time of 24.55, from a 10m mark, with clubmate Evie Renwick third and Hawick’s Chloe Inglis second.

Hawick contestants won both 200m youth races, Max Vevers crossing the line first in the event for youngsters aged nine to 12 in 23.66, from a 54m mark, and Carra McLeod doing likewise in the 13-16 age-group version in 24.55, from 39m.

Teviotdale Harrier Oliver McCraw was second in the younger 90m race, with Innerleithen’s Stuart Whiteford and TLJT’s Ava Lees joint third. Kelso’s Lewis Fleming and Ruby Laing took second and third places respectively in the older version.

Whiteford won over 800m, however, clocking 2:11.60, from a 95m mark, with Kelso’s Rory Fleming and Archie Scott second and third respectively.

Kelso runners took all three top places in the 1,600m youth race, Leo Tait winning in 5:10.60, from a 210m mark, ahead of Irvine Welsh and Isaac Hastie.

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