THE Common-Riding may have been all over, but Hawick was still celebrating on Sunday.
That’s because at Hawick Border Games four Teri athletes hit the glory trail in notching up excellent wins on a rain-soaked Volunteer Park track.
This was a great achievement and Hawick’s big four certainly shone on a day in which the sun certainly did not.
First to hoist the Hawick winning flag was 15-year-old Ryan Elliot, who triumphed in the Under-17 100 metres championship.
Winner of the youths 90m handicap on the self same track for the past two years, 15-year-old Elliot excelled once again.
From the Billy Edgar school, the Hawick youngster produced a powerhouse run from the gun and surged to a convincing victory in 11.80 seconds.
Jedburgh’s Cameron Grieve and Rory Marshall came in second and third.
Sixteen-year-old Kyle Potts (17.5m) was next to put Hawick into the winning frame by coming out on top in the junior youths 400m handicap.
Showing up well from the gun, Potts produced a grand stand finish down the home straight to take the victory in 55.19 seconds.
Poppy Marples, Moorfoot (60m), and Craig Angus of Leithenburn (85m) took the other places.
Ged Smith made it a hat-trick of Hawick wins by emerging a very popular winner of the 1,600m handicap.
This was a pleasing sight as Smith has been running for five years on the games circuit without success.
Competing from a mark of 280m Smith took the lead from Selkirk’s Alistair Laurie (320m) on the last lap.
The Hawick veteran was running well, but close to the final bend it was clear that he was tiring. Second placed Wayne McIntosh, of Kelso (120m), was closing the gap and the race was coming to an exciting end.
Smith found a little bit extra though and dug in deep to hold off the challenge from the back and cross the finishing line in four minutes 38.86 seconds.
McIntosh finished second and Langholm’s Ryan Milligan (125m) third.
Hawick’s golden day wasn’t quite complete as 14-year-old Lewis Elliot (38m) also shone in taking pride of place in the youths 200m handicap.
Coached by Billy Edgar, Elliot gave his best ever track show as he won in 24.10 seconds.
The trophy for the best performance by a local athlete for the day went to Ryan Elliot.
Full report, including interviews with the winning athletes, plus more photographs in the paper.