Grieve gunning for Morebattle glory

THE curtain comes down on the Border open athletics season with the staging of tomorrow’s Morebattle Games.

And it brings to an end a term during which Hawick runners have made their mark in youth and junior events in particular.

Looking back on the past three months of the games circuit, Hawick runner and coach Davie Grieve, who belongs to the highly-successful Billy Edgar stable,said: “It’s been a disappointing season for me personally as I’ve not had much luck. I was injured at the start of the season, started to get fit and then was bothered with an injury again.

“However, it’s been a great season for our school, with James Parker, Davie Hush and Ryan Trimby all winning senior handicaps, which is brilliant.

“In the junior and youth races we’ve had even more winners. There are a lot of youngsters in the school and they’ve all done very well, particularly Darcy Graham, Ryan Elliot, Daniel Elliot and Callum Renwick, who have all pulled off good wins.

“And we’re hoping to finish off the season well in getting some winners at Morebattle.”

Grieve is set to appear in the main event on the Morebattle card – the 110m handicap – from a mark of 17m.

Other Hawick athletes bidding for gloring in the sprint are: Daniel Paxton (6.5m), Greg Bouglas (8.5m), David Rae (11.5m), Drew Bryson (23.5m), David Hush (24m), Ross Weir (20m), David Lauder (13.5m), Ryan Trimby (16m) and John Paxton (18.5m).

All of the latter group are also competing in the one-lap handicap.

Victor of the Tweedbank Games 800m handicap last Saturday, Hawick’s Rory Anderson is on a mark of 40m over the same distance at Morebattle. Michael Waldie (60m), Mark Young (62.5m), Gordon McPherson (65m), Ged Smith (135m) and Francis Cannon (155m) also go for Hawick.

In the 1,600m handicap, Rory Anderson (95m) and Derek Scott (180m) are the Hawick representatives. Scott (340m) also competes in the 3,200m handicap, along with Michael Crawford (190m) and Keith Murray (440m).

n Competing at Bridge of Allan Games on Sunday, Hawick’s Dylan Ali won the invitation sprint, while Phillipa Robertson was second in the youths’ 90, 200 and 400m.