Hawick produced a victorious threesome on the sunny pastures of the Justicehall Haugh track at Saturday’s Oxton Games .
First to get into the winning frame was 14-year-old Phillipa Robertson (13m) who took pride of place in the youths’ 90m handicap.
A stylish runner and a victor of a good number of races last term, Robertson sailed to a heat win in 9.85 seconds.
In the final, she found herself getting down on her marks along with two other Hawick teenagers, Darcy Graham (6m) and Matthew Bell (13m).
Graham had won his heat in 9.78 seconds, while Bell reached the final as a fastest loser.
In a ding-dong last run, Robertson gained a photo-finish victory in 9.63 seconds, with Graham emerging as the runner-up.
An up-and-coming prospect, Robertson said: “I missed the start of the season through injury and have slowly been getting back to fitness.
“It takes time to get fully fit and I wasn’t sure how I would run today. Everything went just fine, though, and I was really pleased to get a win.”
Soldier Stewart Fraser was on the march in the 800m handicap – and at the end of the race gave a winning salute.
Home on leave from Germany, 24-year-old Fraser hit the front spot halfway through the last lap.
Fraser, a former Hawick Royal Albert and Hawick Legion footballer, now had victory in his sights and duly strode on to take the honours in one minute 54.84 seconds. Teri Jordan Taylor (85m) came in third.
A vehicle mechanic in the army, Fraser said of matters: “I’ve been back on leave for two weeks.
“A week of this has been spent running at games in Fife and further north, and other Hawick runners, Jordan Taylor, Rory Anderson and Kenny Short, have been doing the circuit along with me.
“Jordan and I dead-heated in the 800m handicap at Burntisland Games.
“This was quite amazing as you very rarely get a dead-heat in a half -mile.
“Even more amazing was the fact that we are both from Hawick and from the same running school.
“In our little running tour we have been splitting the prize money between us and we’ve done quite well. We did the same today.
“I was very happy with my running this afternoon and it’s been a great way to finish things off.”
Winner of many a handicap in his day, David Rae also notched a win for Hawick when coming out on top in the 90m veterans’ handicap.
Back-marker Rae, who was running from scratch, romped home in 10.22 seconds for a positive win.
After storming to a grand heat win in the youths’ 200m handicap, Darcy Graham (14m) came third in the final. Jedburgh’s Cameron Fisher (25m) was the victor.
Cian Riddell (53m) and Max Hope (62m) both reached the final of the junior 200m handicap, with the latter finishing third behind Brodie Cowan of Jedburgh (50m).