Chris Miller wearing bib number 18 breaks the tape ahead
of local man Greg Turnbull and Lea Stephenson of Hexham
to take full honours in the 400 metres Handicap in a winning
time of 49.59 seconds.
The Market Place filled with
spectators and Ball goers before the hour of 6.00am chimed for
the 165th anniversary of Games day 2018. After such a long dry
parched season, a cooling breeze was very welcome for the usual
annual ceremonies taking place on Games morning at 6.00 am on
Saturday 14th July. Led by 2018 Jethart callant Nick Arnold
the cannon firing ceremony was carried out with the usual precision
and fervour. An exceptionally large turn-out lined up for the
Race roond the Toon this year. Off to a roaring start, even
though he had jumped the gun was callant Arnold. The fourth
cannon starting the race also signalled the toon band who marched
from lower Canongate through Market Place as usual to herald
in Games Day. It was not long before two female contenders came
sprinting up High Street to break the tape and take the prize.
A dead heat was given to Errin
Coburn and Rachel Herd who shared the winnings and the honoours
in this year's Race roond the Toon.
Congratulations to Brenda
Rutherford as the first woman to take part in the Old Fogies
60metres Handicap Confined to Jedburgh. Unfortunately for Brenda
the winning place was taken by policeman Craig Thomson in a
time of 7.85 secs. Second was K. Wood and third position fell
to Des Douglas. Hector Patterson of Jedburgh carried off the
90metres Handicap Confined to Jedburgh by winning in 10.55secs.
followed in by Zoe Blair and Shellee Fojick who took third place.
In an exciting 400metres of the Wallace McDonald Open
Handicap, Chris Miller of TLJT
was first over
the line in 49.59 secs where
Greg Turnbull took second place.
Border Games president Andrew Gillan presents the 2018 Jedforest
Sprint winner Kyle Potts of Hawick with the Sprint Trophy,
winners sash and the first prize of three thousand pounds.
An extra ordinary feat for Potts who is usually more at
home amongst the distance athletes.
Berwick flyer Cameron
Tindle was also up for victory by winning the Border Athletics
100metres Championship. Representing TLJT, Tindle won the title
for a second time by surging home in front of Praise Olatoke
from Kilbarchan and Kieran Reilly of Lasswade in a time of 11.05
secs. Back marker Marcus Archer of Aberdeen, running off 13metres
made his long trip from up north worthwhile by coming out on
top in the 200metres Handicap. Archer powered in from behind
in the final to snatch first place in 21.75 secs. Graeme Armstrong
of Edinburgh off the 36metre mark and Earlston's Mhairi Henderson
off 49metres took second and third place. Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot
running off a mark of 32½ metres gave an excellent account of
himself in challenging his way past the front runners to take
the 800metres Handicap in 1 minute 57.82 seconds. Competing
from a mark of 115 metres, Fraser Logan of the Central Athletics
Club triumphed in the 1500metres Handicap in a winning time
of 4 minutes 35.06 Chris Miller of TLJT running off 42 metres
romped to a home win in the 400 metres Handicap. Following her
win in the 200metres Handicap at CERF Games, Nina Cessford of
TLJT, running from a mark of 27metres, breezed to another victory
in the Ladies 100metres Handicap in 10.35 seconds. Kelso's David
McKay who ran off 8½metres soared to victory in the 90metres
Veterans Handicap, while Ryan Elliot from Hawick triumphed in
the 100metres Invitation Sprint. In the youths events, Shellee
Fojick came high in the honours.
Hawick Peds runner Daniel Elliot wearing
the number 5 bib is the winner of the 100 metres Invitation
Sprint Handicap, beating Douglas Young of Kelso into second
place in a time of 10.69 seconds. K. Reilly from Lasswade
took third place.
old first came third in the 90metres Youths confined to Jedburgh
Handicap. She thenstarred
again by winning the Open Youths
90metres Handicap. Eve
Rathie of Leithenburn running off a mark of 78metres showed
up well in taking the Youths 400metres
Handicap. Aaron Glendinning of Leithenburn running off 20metres
made it a double for coach John Motion in the Junior 90metres
for Youths Handicap B Race. The TLJT Club produced the winners
of the junior and Youths 200metres Handicaps in Grace McWhinnie
off the 45metre mark and Brogan Beattie who ran from 22metres.
Both excelled. In
the Youths 800 metres and 1500metres Handicaps, Iona Jamieson
of Teviotdale Harriers who ran off 170 metres and Robbie Welsh
of Hawick, running from 260 metres notched up wins. Policeman
Craig Thomson won the coveted 60 metres Handicap for Athletes
Older than 45 Years. Thomson did the necessary in spikes borrowed
from fellow police officer Leigh Marshall, the winner of the
New Yearr Sprint in 2008. Dylan Murray and Gavin Maule were
first and second in the Jed Renilson race held earlier in the
The Andrew & Mary Robson Trophy was
awarded to Shelee Fojick of Jed A.C. as the most promising young
athlete of the meeting. Shelee led from start to finish to win
the M & M Memorial Youths 90 metres A Handicap.
The Radio Borders Trophy for
the Best Borders Athlete of the meeting was presented to Kyle
Potts of Hawick, winner of the Jed Sprint.
The 'Strud' Stewart Memorial Trophy for
the Best Local Athlete of the meeting weas awarded to Cameron
Clamp of TLJT
With our most Grateful Thanks to John
Slorance from Hawick for his help in puting this article together.