Ten-year-old Keeley steals show

Keeley Womack races to victory in the junior 200m handicap of the Lauder Games, held for the first time at Thirlestane Castle
Keeley Womack races to victory in the junior 200m handicap of the Lauder Games, held for the first time at Thirlestane Castle

Hawick once again hit the winning trail at Sunday’s Lauder Games, held for the first time at the historic setting of Thirlestane Castle.

Ten-year-old Keeley Womack scored a much-deserved 
victory in the junior 200m handicap.

Phillipa Robertson won the youths' 90m handicap at Oxton

Phillipa Robertson won the youths' 90m handicap at Oxton

From the Billy Edgar running school, Womack has been knocking on the door of pulling off a victory throughout the open athletics season, and she took the tape with some tip-top running.

Competing from a mark of 55m, Womack soared to a heat win in 22.76 seconds.

Due to this triumph, she found herself in the final of the event, which also included 
Hawick’s Ellis Mckean (57m), who had emerged second in her heat.

Come the final, Womack produced the goods to the full again with a great run from start to finish to break the tape in 23.03 seconds.

Talking of her splendid win, Womack told the Hawick News: “I try my best in every race I run in, and have been in lots of finals, but I have never, ever won a final before until this one.

“It’s really nice to have won and I am very pleased.”

Coach Billy Edgar commented: “It was Keeley’s first win but it won’t be her last.

“She is a very good runner for a young lassie and is a good trainer as well.

“Keeley will have been given a boost in confidence with her win and this can only be for the good.”

The Edgar stable also produced the winner of the youths’ 90m handicap, with Ronan Mckean this time grabbing the glory with a five-star display.

An up-and-coming footballer with the Hawick Youth set-up, he impressed when winning his heat in 9.84 seconds from a mark of 15.5m.

Lining up in the final against training companion Andrew Palmer (15.5m) plus four other finalists, Mckean stormed home in 9.86 seconds.

He was well pleased with his fine win and commented: “I thought I might have a 
chance in the final after I had won my heat.

“So I just went for it and managed to get there.

“I won the junior 90m at Lauder Games last year, so Lauder Games must be lucky for me.”

In the junior 90m handicap, Nicky Sutherland (31m) buzzed to a heat victory in 9.80 seconds.

Archie Fuller (26m) won the final in 9.62 seconds.

Matthew Bell (27m) reached the final of the youths’ 200m handicap, which was won by Angus Johnstone of TLJT (22m) in 23.18 seconds.

Fraser Clyne (190m) gave a fine account of himself in the youths’ 800m handicap.

The versatile Clyne, who runs in sprints as well as distance races, emerged a creditable second when coming in behind Josh Abbot of Kelso (165m), who won in 1 minute 0.63 seconds.

n Phillipa Robertson sealed second in the youths’ 90m and 200m handicaps at Sunday’s Bridge of Allan Games.

At the same meeting, Liam Bouglas was runner-up in the junior 200m handicap.