Sports draw good crowd as Drumlanrig dominate (again)

SATURDAY’S Vertish Hill Sports has been hailed a success with 25 out of the 27 events completed before the heavens opened and forced a minor curtailment of the 131st staging of the event.

But for the most part, the weather gods were definitely looking down on everyone involved, as initial fears over the heavy rain of the previous few days and a waterlogged course were allayed, thanks to the drier conditions and the hard-working sports committee who had spiked the track.

The sports began in customary fashion with the impressive sight of the grand procession – led by Cornet Ross Nichol, with Hawick Torch in hand – from the Evergreen Hall, along the High Street and up the Loan, with the route lined by townsfolk cheering the 494 excited youngsters, who were also accompanied by Hawick Scout Fellowship and Saxhorn Bands, to the Vertish where they collected their £3 and commemorative medal.

The top school honour was again won by Drumlanrig, whose pupils retained their vice-like grip on the Vertish Hill Sports Trophy for the fifth consecutive year. Drumlanrig also tasted victory in the hotly-contested relay races, with the boys taking custody of the Alec Johnstone Trophy, and the girls securing the Elizabeth Johnstone Trophy.

Completing a clean sweep of the main events, Drumlanrig’s Emma Suddon emerged skipping winner, while Philipa Robertson and Hamish Murray were crowned champion girl and boy.

Full report and loads more photographs in the paper