Fun and games at Vertish Hill Sports

Hurdles
Hurdles

The annual Vertish Hill Sports took place once again this weekend, as they have since 1882.

The 135th edition of the games saw a slightly lower entry than usual, according to Sports Committee President Frank Scott, who said: “We felt that this was due to the threat of poor weather, although we did manage to get away with just one heavy shower, and all the events went ahead.”

Obsticle races

Obsticle races

Frank added: “All in all, around £200 was raised on the day. We’d all like to thank Cornet Euan Reilly, who stayed right to the end, presenting all the prizes to the children after their races. That was great of him at a very busy time in the summer.”

Teries of all ages came together in the traditional walk from Northcote Street to the top of Vertish Hill, piped along by the Drums and Fifes, the Hawick Scout Pipe Band and the Saxhorn Band.

And one of the musicians - Scout Pipe Band bass drummer Cheryl Scott - managed to perform at the end of the walk, following a freak injury and a bit of quick thinking.

Cheryl had been performing with the band the previous evening at the Peebles Beltane, when she injured herself.

Obsticle races

Obsticle races

Pipe Major Michael Bruce said: “It was quite a long stretch on the Beltane, and at one point, we looked around and there Cheryl was, about 200yards behind, limping along.

“We obviously thought that she wouldn’t be able to play, but it turns out that one of her friends did some quick thinking and asked the supermarket Morrisons if they could borrow a wheelchair that they had for customers’ use.

“They agreed, so Cheryl was able to play along with us, being pushed along to the Howegate by Jordan Bathgate.

“And then, when it came to the hill itself, Cheryl, wheelchair and drum were all put in a car and met us at the top, so she was able to play with us on the golf course as well!”

Pipe band

Pipe band

Pipe Major Bruce has written to Morrisons on behalf of the band,thanking them for their kind gesture.

Walk to the Vertish Hill

Walk to the Vertish Hill

Running Races

Running Races