An excellent entry has been received for Sunday’s Hawick Border Games at Volunteer Park, writes John Slorance.
Main event on a bumper card is the 110m handicap which will be run off in 12 heats. Sponsored by Rob Palmer, and the Waverley Bar, the sprint has a winning prize of £1,000.
Talking of the forthcoming meeting, which has all the makings of bringing about some exciting running to Hawick, Border Games chairman David Grieve told the Hawick News: “I am delighted with the entry we have received. The entry for the youths’ events in particular is just fantastic.
“Overall it’s a very full programme, though, and I am sure there will be some good running on the day.”
And alluding to the previous success of the event, he added: “We had an excellent crowd at the games last year, and hopefully we will get the same through the gate this year.”
Joint back-markers for the 110m handicap are Hawick’s James Parker, Greg Turnbull at TLJT, and Ben Robbins at Edinburgh. This trio run from a mark of two metres. Also going from back-mark places are Hawick duo Dylan Ali, and Leigh Marshall. On-form Ali, who has started the season in sterling style in having won three races in two games meetings, is at 3m. Marshall goes from 3.5m.
Other Hawick sprinters set to be in action are Corey Wilson (8m), Gordon McPherson (11m), Leon Ali (8.5m), Sean Desport (6.5m), David Grieve (14.5m), Jack Wilson (10m), John Paxton (17m), Drew Bryson (20m), David Hush (20.5m), and David Lauder (11m).
Out of the sprint due to injury though is 17-year old Ryan Elliot. From the Billy Edgar School, Elliot reached the final at the Earlston Games 90 metres handicap last weekend. In the closing stages of the race Elliot looked a potential winner, but it then went all wrong. Explaining matters Elliot told the Hawick News: “I thought I was going to get there, but then my leg just went. I was really gutted. I will be out for at least two weeks and will miss the Hawick Games, which is a big disappointment.”
Set to run in the 1,600m handicap for Hawick is John Moxey. Now living in Australia, Moxey has returned to the grey auld toon for the Common-Riding, and runs from 185m.
Other Hawick runners in the mile are Mark Young (110m), Derek Scott (175m), Keith Murray (250m) and Gary Law (330m). Marks for Hawick youngsters in the youths’ 90m handicap are: ‘A’ Race – Nicole Campbell (17m), Matthew Bell (10m), Owen Shiell (9.5m), Barrie McLean (15m), Ronan McKean (14m), Andrew Palmer (11m), Ben Storrie (11m), Phillipa Robertson (11m). ‘B’ Race – Keeley Womack (24m), Fraser Clyne (19m), Kay Robertson (26m), Amy Campbell (19m), Ellis McKean (26m), Nicky Sutherland (25m), Max Hope (27m), Eildh Murray (22m), Tom Fowler (16m), Liam Bouglas (26m), Cian Riddell (23m), Charlie Comley (22m), Charlie Rae (26m).
The games begin with the hill race at 12.15pm. Track events commence at 1pm.