HAWICK sprinter Drew Bryson admitted this week he is unlikely to be challenging for the big money at Jedburgh Games tomorrow.
The popular veteran of the running circuit revealed he is struggling with an injury and isn’t holding out much hope of any Riverside Park glory in the 110m sprint.
He told the Hawick News: “I’ll certainly not be winning as I have a bad back and will just be hoping to do well in my heat.”
And Bryson isn’t tipping any of the Hawick runners to take the tape in the day’s blue riband event.
He added: “Seb Harrison of Jedburgh (7.5m) is the man for me. He hasn’t won anything this season, but I’ve been watching him closely and he’s been running comfortably and the best of him is to come.
“Iskan Barskanmay (6.5m), who is also from Jedburgh, and is in the same school as Harrison, will also be in with a big shout.
“TLJT have produced a few winners this season in the sprints and I think their man is Craig Grieve (8m).
“I also have a fancy for Connor Hedley of Bedlington (12m).
“If I haven’t got the winner from that group then I’m going to call it a day with the running!”
Representing Hawick in the handicap are Douglas Prowse (11.5m), Dylan Ali (12m), David Lauder (13m), David Grieve (16.5m), John Paxton (18m), Ross Weir (22m), David Hush (22.5m) and Bryson (22.5m).
Kelso Games 800m victor Rory Anderson (45m), as well as Ged Smith (135m), Callum Whillans (57.5m), Gordon McPherson (65m) and Derek Scott (95m) are the Hawick men in the half-mile handicap.
Gary Law (385m) is one of a string of Teri runners in the 1,500m handicap.
Hawick youngsters poised to compete in the junior 90m handicap are Daniel Elliot (6m), Barrie McLean (11.5m), Jay McCartney (13m), Nicole Campbell (10m), Amy Campbell (14m), Brodie Graham (9m), Calum Renwick (8.5m) and Connie Bailey (5m).
In the youths’ 90m handicap, Ryan Elliot (scratch), Connor McKay (6.5m), Megan Shiel (14m), Corey Wilson (6.5m), Sam Bandeen (0.5m), Jack Wilson (8m), Darcy Graham (11.5m), Kyle Brunton (15.5m), Lewis Elliot (19.5m), Bethan Douglas (12.5m) and Matthew Bell (18m) all run for Hawick.
A full card of other race handicaps completes the Jedburgh bill.