Pocket-rocket Bouglas off to flyer

Last Friday’s brilliant sunshine at Langholm Games was matched only by a brilliant run by a young Hawick athlete who tore up the Castleholm track.

Although small in stature, nine-year-old Liam Bouglas made a big impact at the Muckle Toon meeting when reaching great heights in winning the junior 200m handicap.

In his first season on the games circuit, Bouglas showed he had something special to offer in surging to a very impressive heat victory in 23.39 seconds.

This win earned the Wilton Primary School pupil a place in the final which also included fellow Hawick youngsters Keeley Womack (53m) and Max Hope (60m).

Come the final, Bouglas led from start to finish to gain the honours in 22.75 seconds, with Womack taking the runner-up spot.

From the David Rae/Che Campbell running stable, Bouglas said of his first win on the games circuit: “I enjoy running at the games as it’s really good fun and it’s even better fun when you win. In the other races that I have ran in runners get past me near the end. But this didn’t happen today so I must have ran a bit faster.”

Bouglas (31m) also competed in the final of the junior 90m handicap by qualifying as a fastest loser.

The last showdown also included Hawick’s Ellis McKean (28m) and Cian Riddell (26.5m) who had both emerged victorious in their heats in fine style. Kacey Tait of TLJT (33m) won the final in 9.68 seconds, while McKean came in a very creditable third.

In the youths’ 90m handicap, Phillipa Robertson (13m) triumphed in her heat in 10.00 seconds. Kelso’s Connor Gillan (11m) gained the honours in the final in a fast time of 9.61 seconds.

Leigh Marshall produced some tip-top sprinting in the 90m championship, but had to be content with coming in behind Tom Holligan of Edinburgh who won the title in 10.07 seconds.

Bidding for the £1,000 first prize in the 90m handicap, Drew Bryson (20m) did the business in his heat in 9.92 seconds, before being beaten in his cross-tie. Bonchester’s Martha Douglas (19m) grabbed the glory in the sprint in 9.68 seconds – the self-same event she had won a year ago.

Distance runners Jordan Taylor (80m) and Rory Anderson (60m) were second and third respectively in the 800m handicap, which was won in one minute 55.77 seconds by Andrew Thomson of Jedburgh (80m).

Hawick Wanderers rugby player Darcy Graham picked up £100 for coming in second in a keenly-contested high jump event, which saw Jordan Charters of Lasswade Athletic Club pick up the £200 first prize.