Hawick runners continued their splendid season on the open athletics scene with four wins at Saturday’s St Ronan’s Games.
Instituted in 1827, the event, held at Victoria Park, is the oldest organised sports meeting in Scotland, and the quartet of Teries ensured their names were added to the long list of victors on the historic track.
Coached by Alex Corbett, Rory Anderson gave a five-star show when triumphing in the 800m handicap from a mark of 45 metres.
Hawick’s Gary Law (190m), another member of the Corbett stable, led the field as the bell sounded for the last lap.Law maintained this spot until being overhauled by Anderson before the final bend into the home straight.
Victor in the 800m handicaps at Selkirk Games and the City of Edinburgh Running Festival meeting already this season, Anderson then kicked on to emerge an impressive winner in one minute 57.06 seconds.
Stewart Fraser (45m), also from Hawick, who is home on leave from the army and was making his first appearance of the season on the games circuit, emerged a very creditable second. Jordan Taylor (60m) was third.
Following his victory, Anderson told the Hawick News: “That was my third win of the season and I’m really chuffed. The money I won today is not mine, though, as it is going into a pot. Next week, my training partners Jordan Taylor, Kyle Potts and I are going up north to run at a few games meetings. Whatever prize money we win we are sharing out, so here’s hoping we do well.”
Ellis McKean (23m) gave a splendid account of herself in doing the business in the junior 90m handicap.
From the Davie Grieve school, McKean looked the part when buzzing home in her heat in 9.91 seconds, which was the fastest time of the opening runs. Come the final, McKean shone again when soaring through the tape in 9.97 seconds.
The 11 year old said of her win: “I didn’t think I would win anything today as I’ve just come back from a holiday in Lanzarote and haven’t been able to do much training apart from doing some running on the beach. So I’m really surprised that I managed to do so well.”
Twelve-year-old Tom Fowler (32m), who is also trained by Davie Grieve, took pride of place in the junior 200m handicap.
After winning his heat convincingly, Fowler sailed to victory in the final in 24.00 seconds. Cian Riddell (42m) was third.
Fowler commented: “I won the 200m handicap at Kelso and now this one and I like running in the 200m better than sprints.”
Ryan Elliot made it a hat-trick of victories for the Davie Grieve camp when coming out on top in the invitation sprint.
In a hotly-contested race, which produced a photo finish, Elliot clocked up a winning time of 11.55 seconds. Leon Ali of Hawick Sprint Club was third.
Nineteen-year-old Elliot said: “I’ve been bothered with injuries for a couple of years and haven’t won anything since I was a youth, so I’m very pleased to have got my first win as a senior.”
Coach Grieve said of his school’s success: “It’s just great for the school to have had these wins. I’m very happy as they are all young runners and it’s good to see them progressing.”
Hawick sprinters David Lauder (12.5m) and Darcy Graham (8m) both reached the cross-ties of the 100m handicap. Lauder went on to reach the final in which he emerged second to veteran Gordon Eland, who was off a big mark of 29m.
Darcy Graham (16m) and Kyle Potts (20m) both won their heats in the 200m handicap. In the final, Graham came a close second when narrowly beaten by Tommy Finkle of TLJT (29m).
Mark Young (170m) was runner-up to Andrew Rowland of Falkirk (230m) in the 1,600m handicap.