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Back Row : N. Hogg, H. Gallagher, R. Wight, R. Douglas, B. Hogg, M. Yule
Middle Row : T. MacAulay, H. Weir, D. Thompson, G. Yule, S. Ferguson, K. Sudlow, A. Johnson
Front Row : A. Gillan, J. Steede (Treasurer), K. Hogg (President), A. Ferguson (Secretary), I. Strother





Gillan Brings the Big Prize back to Jedburgh



Jedburgh Border Games President Kennie Hogg presents the Jedburgh Herald Trophy to Mark Wilson of Kelso, the winner of the 2014 Race Round the Town. Mark, who also qualified as the first Ball attendee to reach the winning line graciously surrendeered the second trophy to runner up Gavin Young, this years Gala Braw Lad, during the first event of Games Day.

At Jedburgh Border Games during 2014, 20 year old Craig Gillan upped his third equal performance from last year by claiming full honours and winning the Jedforest 110 metres Sprint Handicap outright. Gillan has dreamed of winning the big sprint at Jedburgh since arriving on the open athletic scene as a youngster nine years ago.
The day began cool and dry, however, with a promise of sunshine from the start, beginning with the traditional cannon firing ceremony in Market Place at 6 o'clock in the morning. This was marked by this year's Jethart Callant, Jack Fraser who had the honour of being first to fire our new cannon, making its debut in the Square on 12th July 2014. The second cannon was fired by local man Jimmy Turnbull, founder of the successful RJT earthworks company and staunch Games sponsor and supporter. Ex-Pat Tony Wiffen, who left us in 1973 for Australia was back in town to fire cannon number three, and the fourth gun which was the signal to start the Race Round the Town was fired by Sheila McTavish also back from Australia, who left Jethart in 1971 to start a new life in the Antipodes.
During the early afternoon at Riverside, Craig Gillan, representing the TLJT club began his glory day by romping home to victory in his heat for the big sprint in a time of 11.58 seconds from the 7 metres handicap mark. Currently studying mechanical engineering at Edinburgh's Napier University, the Jed flying machine then booked a place in the final through a cross-tie triumph. The final showdown, which also included Hawick's Leigh Marshall off 5 metres and Jack Wilson off 12 metres, plus David McKay of Kelso running off 14 metres and Edinburgh duo Tom Holligan off scratch and Kieran Reilly off 6 metres had all the markings of being a real humdinger. After the silence that had fallen over Riverside Park had been broken by the sound of starter, Gerald Paxton's gun, the six finalists took off in their quest for the £3,000 first prize. The outcome was a blanket finish with Gillan and
Winner of the 2014 Jedforest 110 metres Handicap Sprint, Craig Gillan shares a proud moment with trainer, Jock Steede. After a blanket finish, the 20 year old Jethart man was awarded with the judges decision as winner of this coveted event in a winning time of 11.43 seconds. Hawick's Leigh Marshall was second and Edinburgh man, Kieran Reilly took third prize.  
Marshall being the main two involved. It was Gillan who got the judges vote after the photos had been consulted. An extremely fast winning time of 11.43 seconds was recorded, while Marshall was placed second and Reilly got the third spot. Reflecting on his superb win, Gillan remarked, "It is the first time I have won a sprint in the Borders and I am really delighted as I have been trying hard to win one for a while. Every sprinter wants to win the Jed Sprint and I can't believe I have managed to do it." He continued, "The fact that I come from Jedburgh and I have won on my home track makes it even more special, and it means a lot to me to have won here. I got great support from the crowd, especially those on the balcony next to the stand, and it was great to hear them." Concluding, Gillan said, "I have a lot to thank my coach, Jock Steede, as he has coached me since I was 11 years old. I have learned a lot from both him and Charlie Affleck, who trains me in Edinburgh. I can't thank them enough."
Top amateur runner, Tom Holligan of Edinburgh also tasted sprint success, being crowned the Border Athletics 100 metres champion. Recent winner of the Selkirk Games 110 metres Handicap, twenty year old Holligan lifted the title, with the other placings going to Donald Tod and Chris Baillie of Birchfield Harriers. Kyle Potts of T. L. J. T off the 21 metre mark produced some fine running to take the 200 metres Handicap. After coming to the fore by winning his heat in 22.42 seconds, the eighteen year old Potts stormed through the tape ahead of Leon Ali of Hawick running off 16 metres and Fraser Neil from Kelso off the 14 metre mark. Hawick teenager Dylan Ali, the present SGA British 90 metres and Scottish 200 metres champion, hit top form to take the 400 metres Handicap from a back marker position of 5 metres. Euan Pettigrew from Kelso running from 15 metres was second, and Kyle Potts representing T. L. J. T was third off 32 metres.
  TLJT athlete , Kyle Potts wearing the number 6 bib and running off 21 metres breasts the tape in a time of 22.21 seconds in the final of the 200 metres Handicap. In second place is Leon Ali of Hawick running off 16 metresand third place goes to Fraser Neil from Kelso off the 14 metre mark.
In form, Jason McIntosh of Kelso, running off 35 metres chalked up his sixth win of the season by doing the business in the 800 metres Handicap. From the Adie Gray school, McIntosh ran a well judged race from start to finish. Selkirk veteran Alistair Lawrie from a 280 metre start led the pack as the bell sounded for the last lap in the 1500 metres Handicap, with Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot off 95 metres tucked in behind him. Stevens in turn edged in front, only to be overtaken by Innerleithen's Craig Rendle off the 115 metre mark. Having his first season on the Games circuit, 39 year old Rendle, who has turned out to be something of a surprise package through some very credible performances, then strode purposefully on to win. Bitterly disappointed in not making the final of the 110 metres Handicap as a fastest loser, Geoff Keene of Selkirk, running off 3 metres won the final of the Veteeran's 90 metres Handicap. North East of England athlete Adam Rodgers from South Shields made his mark by emerging the winner of the Invitation 100 metres Sprint. Nine year old Charlie Rae of Hawick off 24 metres followed up his Youths 200 metres success at the City of Running Festival Meeting by winning the Youths 90 metres Front Runners Handicap. In the Youths 90 metres Back Runners Handicap, Connor Gillan of Kelso who ran from 4 metres emerged the winner through a fine show. Earlston youngster Fraser Falconer of T. L. J. T pulled out the stops to win the Youths 200 metres Back Markers Handicap in fine style from a 41 metres handicap start. Victory in the Youths 200 metres Handicap Back Markers event went to Megan Busby from Carlisle, running off 25 metres and Matt Dougal of T. L. J. T running off 75 metres coasted to victory in the Youths 1500 metres Handicap.



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