Patience pays dividends as Wilson grabs Jed glory

Jedburgh Border Games.The Youthe 90 metres was won by Hawick's Corey Wilson.
Jedburgh Border Games.The Youthe 90 metres was won by Hawick's Corey Wilson.

AS THE old saying goes: “Good things come to those who wait.” And it was certainly true in the case of Corey Wilson who broke his four-year duck on Saturday to claim his first victory on the open athletics scene with a win at Jedburgh Games.

It was four years of hard training. Four years of coming oh so close to breaking the tape.

But that disappeared in a matter of seconds. And, what’s more, 16-year-old Wilson did it in style as it was on the big stage at Riverside Park, the venue where every athlete wants to win.

Competing in the youths 90m handicap, Wilson, from the Trinity Bar, Gibson Insurance-sponsored Billy Edgar school, gave a hint that it could be his day when he blitzed to an impressive win in 10.44 seconds from a mark of seven metres.

This earned him a spot in the final along with no fewer than three of his stable companions, Megan Shiel (14m), Logan Gordon-Wooley (12m) and Matthew Bell (15.5m); as well as Jed AC pair Eoin Lowther (8.5m) and Rory Marshall (5m).

The last showdown was to be an exciting and keenly contested affair. It was also one that Hawick wrote its name all over.

Because not only did Wilson produce his best ever track show by storming home in 10.31 seconds, Sheil and Gordon-Wooley sailed in behind him, giving Hawick the top three placings.

A delighted Wilson told the Hawick News: “It’s taken me a long time to get a win and I’m so pleased that it’s happened at last.

“It’s even better that my win has been here at Jedburgh as they’re the biggest games.”