Hawick athletes notch treble at Kelso Games

Jordan Taylor wins the 1,600m handicap at Kelso Games
Jordan Taylor wins the 1,600m handicap at Kelso Games

Hawick’s glory season on the open athletics scene continued apace at Kelso Games on Sunday with another three victories.

First to get into the winning frame was Jordan Taylor who pulled out the stops to win the 1,600m handicap in fine style.

From the Alex Corbett stable, Taylor (125m) showed he had something to offer from his first stride. And bidding to win what was the biggest purse on the Poynder Park programme, Taylor immediately began to eat up the track.He was a man on a mission and it was a mission he was to accomplish.

With two laps remaining, Taylor hit the front and the Hawick distance runner was not to lose this spot. Taylor’s training companion Bruce Hughes (100m) gave chase in the latter stages but could not catch his stablemate who strode on to break the tape in four minutes 28.08 seconds. Hughes came in second.

Following his win, Taylor, a recent victor in the 800m at Hawick Games, told the Hawick News: “I knew if I wanted to get a win I would have to give everything I had and that’s what I did. Towards the finish I felt my legs tiring but I managed to keep going and it’s just great to have won a big race like this.

“I’ve been away from Hawick doing a masters course for sports coaching in America and I’m returning to the States in August and hopefully I might get some more wins at the games before I go back.”

Kyle Potts was next to put victory Hawick’s way in producing some powerhouse running to take the 200m handicap.

A gardener with the parks department, 19-year-old Potts romped home in his heat from his 22m mark.

Another member of the Corbett school, Potts then hit full bloom in the final.

Geoff Keen of Selkirk (23m) and Hawick’s David Lauder (24m) were out in front in the latter stages of the event and both looked capable of gaining a win. This, however, was to dramatically change as Potts came storming in from an outside position to grab a splendid win on the tape in 21.90 seconds. Keen was placed second and Lauder third.

A delighted Potts said of his triumph: “That’s my second 200m win of the season as I also won the 200 metres at Earlston Games. In the home straight I had to go all out to catch the other runners in front of me and although it was a bit late, I got there.”

Schoolboy Tom Fowler made it a hat-trick of Hawick wins when emerging victorious in the junior 200mhandicap.

Coached by David Grieve, 12-year-old Fowler looked the part when winning his heat.Come the final, Fowler produced the goods again to the full from his back-mark spot of 34 metres by blitzing home in 22.72 seconds. Hawick’s Charlie Rae (44m), who had led the race until its closing stages, emerged second.

Speaking to the Hawick News, Fowler said: “I like running the 200m races better than the sprints as I seem to do better in them and that’s just what I did today.”

Hawick youngster Nicky Sutherland (28m), Ellis McKean (24m) and Harry Fowler (26.5m) all showed up well in winning their heats in the junior 100m handicap. Sutherland came in third in the final.

Corey Wilson (10.5m) reached the final of the 100m handicap following a fine heat victory. Home man Matthew Fleming of Kelso (14.5m) won the final.