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End of an Era for the Old Cast Games Cannon
The old Jedburgh Border Games cannon that traditionally started Games Day at 6.00am in the morning, being primed above for the last time by committee members Stuart Ferguson and Rusty Wight will be decomissioned this year to be viewed in a local museum. It will be replaced by a new, more robust machine turned steel version, of the same design, kindly provided by The Fund for the Common Good.

1990-2009
    2010-ON
 
 Hawick Man takes Top Honours in the Heat of the Day

 
 

JBG sponsor Colin Robertson presents the winner of the 90 metres Youth's Handicap, Jack Cowan with the Jackson and Neilson Challenge cup, and individual medals for the first six participants to reach home.

Both the 2013 Jethart Callants Festival and Jedburgh Border Games were blessed with a heat wave this year. Although the weather couldn't have been better for our annual sports meeting, we had been advised the week before that the cannon which we usually used on Games morning had been pronounced unfit and too dangerous for it's purpose. Our little firearm had been once again sent off for examination and x-ray in the interest of public safety, but this time had unexpectedly failed the test. This created rather a catastrophic situation, since the traditional signaling of Games day on the Saturday morning by firing the cannon to the cardinal points of the compass had continued uninterupted for 159 years. The day was saved, however, when ex-committee member and cannon custodian, John Currie said that he may be able to get a loan of an artillery piece for the day from a military collector he knew near Edinburgh. Thus the cannon firing ceremony was carried on successfully for another year. Our old existing firearm is preseently being examined with the possibility of repair. First back in the Race around the town was Craig Cowan of Jedburgh. Second was Alberto Bosco from Italy, and third was Brian Ramsay, father of this year's callant who also took the prize for the first competitor home who had attended the Callant's Ball the night before.
Hawick teenager James Parker sent temperatures rising to their highest point of the day by burning up the track with a scorching display to take the honours in the £3,000 Jedforest Sprint final. Trained with the Billy Edgar school in Hawick, 18 year old Parker, running off 5 metres showed up well in his opening run. This rugby ace who recently joined the Hawick Greens after two years with Gala Wanderers then earned himself a place in the final after a triumph in his cross-tie. Going down on their marks with
 

An extatic James Parker from Hawick in the number 3 bib charges home to victory in a hot time of 11.72 seconds in the Jedforest 110 metres Handicap final. Fellow Teri Jack Wilson came home in second place, and Lee Marshall also from Hawick and Craig Gillan of T L J T both tied for third place.

 
Parker in the final were fellow Hawick athletes Leigh Marshall running off 3 metres, Jack Wilson off 13 metres, David Hush off the 22 metres mark. Plus TLJT's James Park off 10 metres, Craig Gillan running off 4 metres and Tommy Finkle off 12 metres. It was to be Parker's final, however, for the youngster stormed home to a decisive win in 11.72 seconds. Wilson emerged second, with Marshall and Gillan dead-heating for third place. A thrilled Parker told us, "I've been having problems with a hamstring injury and on Thursday night it seemed doubtful that I would be running in the Sprint. Even today I've had concerns as I have been feeling twinges, but I got no sympathy from my coach, Billy Edgar, who told me that if I felt that bad, I should get my running gear off and go back home to Hawick. So that was the end of that and everything went just great. I am really thrilled to have won the Jed Sprint as it's the biggest and best. In an event that had conjured up a lot of interest, top Borders amateur runner Guy Learmonth running from scratch was unable to beat the British 800 metres professional record. The 21 year old just could not get in touch with the front runners in the swealtering heat and the race was won by Hawick's Rory Anderson off 80 metres. Representing TLJT, Greg Turnbull produced some powerhouse sprinting to take the Borders Athletics 100 metres Championship
The 400 metres handicap was a thriller. Coming down the home straight it was anybody's race, but Kyle Potts of TLJT running off 40 metres pulled out the stops with a surging finish to edge out Euan Pettigrew from Kelso and Charlie Carstairs of Lasswade. Trained by Jack Knox, the evergreen Alastair Laurie of Selkirk, running off the 360 metre mark chalked up his third triumph of the season when coming out on top in the 1500 metres handicap in a time of 3 minutes 54 seconds. John Thomson of Coaltown came in second from a 200 metres start and third place went to Gavin Tait of TLJT who ran off 260 metres. A keenly contested 200 metres was won by Corstorphine man Andy Cullen running off 40 metres, leaving Euan Pettigrew of Kelso off 25 metres with second place, while Richard Eland from Broughton took third place running off the 35 metre mark. Midlothian runner, Kevin Turner won the 90 metres Veterans handicap sprint.
 
  Kyle Potts of TLJT running off the 40 metres mark breasts the tape in a time of 48.87 seconds in the final of the 400 metres Handicap. Pipped at the post are Euan Pettigrew from Kelso who took second place from a handicap start of 34 metres and Charlie Carstairs of Lasswade who came in third off an 18 metres start.
This years Games produced a whole spate of young victors from the burgh town itself. Thirteen year old Jack Cowan recorded an excellent hat trick on his home town track by lifting the Youths 90 metres Handicap Confined to Jedburgh, as well as the Youths Footballers and Rugby Players Sprint and the Youths 90 metres Handicap. Jedburgh's own Jack Amos representing Jed AC emerged a popular victor of the Youths 1500 metres Handicap. Roared on by the home support, lion-hearted Amos running off 305 metres who had earlier in the day secured the Youths 800 metres title, had to go all out to get the better of Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot, running off 110 metres and Harry Fuller of Gala Harriers off 305 metres.
Another young home runner to excel was Cameron Clamp running from the 10 metre mark who produced the goods to the full for the third time this season by winning the Junior 200 metres Handicap. Yet another shine for Jedburgh at the highest degree was Zoey Johnstone running off 14 metres who took pride of place in the Junior 90 metres Handicap. Annan's Campbell McNaughton off 29 metres won the Youths 200 metres Handicap in a time of 23.50 seconds from Cameron Tindle of Berwick who ran off scratch to take second place and fellow Annan runner Liam Woodman off 8 metres who took third place.

50 YEARS ON

 

John Steede strides his way to a phenomenal victory in the final of the 1963 Jedforest Sprint. The only other man close enough to offer a threat to the result was Jim McCormick from Middlesbrough in the glasses wearing the number 5 bib

 
It was with some surprise that we received an email from former runner Jim McCormick of Middlesbrough at the beginning of this year, who ran second to John Steede in the 1963 Jedforest Sprint final. The question on his email was "Did we know of a guy by the name of John Steede from Jedburgh?" Neither of the two had met for fifty years, but for Jim, this was a milestone that he wasn't ready to forget. The two got in touch, and John cordially invited Jim to attend the Games meeting this year as an honoured guest. It was touch and go whether Jim could make it, since he was due to fly home from a holiday abroad during the morning of the Games. After touch down at Middlesbrough airport, there was also the distance to travel to get to Jedburgh to be considered. Nonetheless Jim and his partner arrived at Riverside during the late morning and in good time for lunch and a long endearing blether about times gone by over a period of fifty years.
 
 

1963 Jedsprint veterans Jim McCormick of Middlesbrough and John Steede of Jedburgh share the honour of firing the cannon to proceed with the afternoon athletic events at Riverside Park.

 

SURPRISE PRESENTATION

Unbeknown to Mr Steede, the committee members had already learned that he had never been presented with a medal for his 1963 victory, or his win in 1972 for that matter. No one is entirely sure of the reason for this. The understanding seemed to be that the awarding of the sprint medal was discontinued around about 1960 and then continued again at some time during the late 1970's. After a cloak and dagger assignment to make very sure that John was not in possession of a medal, Vice President Andrew Gillan found a jeweller who was able to replicate the winners medal and have it engraved retrospectively.
After a short briefing by preident Kennie Hogg, when the lunch was over, John was called forward to receive the presentation made by Vice President Andrew Gillan. The entire procedure had been kept a close guarded secret until the medal was presented on the day. Admiring the treasure in it's presentation case, all that the surprised JBG treasurer had to say was, "A didnae expect tae receive this, what a surprise indeed!"

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