Athletes on track for 80s revival at Tweedbank

HAWICK athletes are set to get down on their marks for a blast from the past at Sunday’s Summer Classic meeting at Tweedbank, writes John Slorance.

Sponsored by Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, the event is a throwback to the 1980s when Summer Classic meetings – staged at Powerderhall Stadium in Edinburgh on Saturday nights alongside a dog-racing programme – drew good crowds.

Main event of the day is the 150m handicap which is made up of runners who have qualified for the event by winning sprint, 200m or one-lap handicaps, during the season.

Going for Hawick are David Grieve (23m), James Parker (13m), John Paxton (23m), Ross Weir (27m), David Hush (29m), Dylan Ali (19m), David Rae (15m) and Ryan Trimby (19m).

There is also an open 150m on the card, as well as a 1,500m senior handicap, junior and youths’ 150m handicaps and a junior/youths’ 1,500m handiap.

In the senior 1,500m handicap, Derek Scott (170m), Ged Smith (250m) and Gary Law (340m) are the Hawick representatives.

Teri youngsters in the junior 150m handicap are Ronan Mckean (18m), Connie Bailey (12m), Daniel Elliot (11m), Phillipa Robertson (16.5m), Finnen Woolley (16m) and Logan Woolley (4m).

Matthew Bell (29.5m), Bethan Douglas (23m), Jack Wilson (15m) and Ryan Elliot (4m) are all poised to compete in the youths’ 150m handicap.

The Tweedbank bill is the first of its kind in the Borders. Admission is free.

n TERI athletes David Grieve and Keith Murray blazed a trail of success at Saturday’s Whittingham Games.

Grieve triumphed in the 150m handicap, while Murray pulled out the stops to take the honours in the 800m handicap, as well as second spot in the 1,600m handicap.

In the 80m handicap, David Hush came in second after being edged out by Kelso’s Dave McKay, while Nicole Campbell gave her best performance of the season when coming in third in the youths’ 80m handicap.

Also among the places for Hawick was Kyle Potts, who was second and third respectively in the youths’ 400 and 800m handicaps.