Pushing the boundaries of achievement

Hawick Games.110M Sprint Final.
Hawick Games.110M Sprint Final.

A look back with our photographers at the first six months of a splendid year of sporting excellence in the Borders – 2011.

January: Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg, 20, added World gold to her Paralympic silver medal when she claimed victory in the T12 100m for visually impaired athletes at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand

February: The James McLean Sports Awards were held at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso three months later than scheduled after horrendous snow storms ruled them out in November. Receiving what later turned out to be the final Scottish Borders Hall of Fame entries were, from left, Murray Cleghorn ( on behalf of Dick Smith), Helen Dickie, Max Telford and John Jeffrey

March: Hawick councillor Davie Paterson proved he was boxing clever by qualifying as a boxing judge and referee

March: Borders international cricket star Kathryn White was to the fore as preparations to launch the first women’s cricket club in the area at St Boswells got under way

April: Melrose were crowned club champions of Scotland after avenging the previous weekend’s loss in the cup final against Ayr at Murrayfield. In their last Premier Group A game of the season, Scott Wight and his team came from behind against the men from Millbrae on their home patch to win 29-20 and lift the trophy for the first time since 1997. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

April: After spending a great part of his life playing, inspiring, encouraging, organising and fundraising for a variety of sporting ventures throughout the Borders, Kelso’s David Laing exploded onto the Scottish scene by becoming the first Borders chairman of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils (SALSC)

May: Another long, hard season came to a close at Riverside Park when Melrose snatched their final victory. Contesting both the Jed-Forest 7s and the Kings of the Sevens, the Greenyards outfit made one last courageous attempt at retaining both titles won last year. And, despite an heroic effort from the hosts to spoil the party, the effort paid off Photograph: Rob Gray

June: After being involved in a dead heat in the final at the Jedburgh Border Games 110m handicap, being beaten in photo-finishes in the finals of several other Borders sprints – pipped at the post, narrowly edged out and placed a close second or third, Jedburgh’s Greg Turnbull finally did the business by turning on the style to win the main event of the afternoon at Hawick Border Games.

Photograph: Alastair Watson

June: Borderers Anne Peacock and Lucy Porteous were selected from thousands of British athletes to represent Great Britain at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Anne, 27, from Innerleithen, won a gold in the sprint relay and bronze in the 200m, while Lucy, 22, from Stichill, secured gold in the tennis doubles and silver in the singles