Defending sprint champion Weir vows to ‘give things a go’

HAWICK’S Ross Weir is in great shape for tomorrow’s Kelso Games and has set his sights on retaining the 100m handicap title he won at Poynder Park last year, writes John Slorance.

And what’s more he could well do this, for on his showing at Sunday’s Peebles Beltane Sports – in which the 51-year-old athlete was beaten into second place in the final of the 110m handicap by Callum Murray of TLJT in a photo finish – Weir is in with a real chance of making it two in a row.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, he said: “I was a bit surprised with the way I ran at Peebles, as I didn’t expect to do so well. Just getting into the final pleased me, so to come near to actually winning was a bonus.

“I’ve been happy with my running this season and I’m hoping to do well at Kelso, and will certainly be giving things a go. Anything can happen, though, and only time will tell.

“I’m still enjoying my running even though I’m getting on a bit in years.

“And I’m lucky enough to train with a good squad of runners. The banter is always good, but everybody trains hard as well!”

David Hush (20.5m), another beaten finalist at Peebles, David Lauder (11.5m), Douglas Prowse (9.5m), Ryan Trimby (13.5m), Dylan Ali (10m) and David Rae (10m) also all go for Hawick in the sprint.

Rory Anderson, who came second in the 800 and 1600m handicaps at Selkirk Games is set to compete over the same distances at Kelso. He has been placed on a mark of 60m in the half-mile and 125 metres in the mile. After having won the Peebles mile handicap from 410m, Gary Law has been pulled 15m for the Kelso mile.

Sisters Amy (14.5m) and Nicole Campbell (9m), Philippa Robertson (10m), Barrie McLean (13m), Jay McCartney (12m), Calum Murray (17.5m), Calum Renwick (10.5m) and Ronan McKean (12m) get down on their marks in the junior 100m handicap for Hawick.

In the youths’ 100 metres handicap, Jack Wilson (8.5m), Corey Wilson (7m), Matthew Bell (18.5m), Darcy Graham (14m), Lewis Elliot (20m), Kyle Brunton (17m), Conor McKay (7m) and Bethan Douglas (12.5m) are the young Teries in action.