The 2013 Jedburgh Border Games Committee
Rear :Tom MacAulay, Neil Hogg, Billy Hogg, Henry
Weir, Russell Wight, Stuart Ferguson, Bob McGuin, Andrew Gillan,
Front: Kennie Hogg, Ian Strother, Allan Ferguson, Hugh Gallagher,
John Steede, Michael Yule
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Edinburgh Student Saves Best
Form for Sprint Final
After months of continuous rain,
the worst was feared for our Annual Festival weekend and Athletics
Sports meeting. A weather forecast at the beginning of the week
offered a window of respite for Friday and Saturday, but the general
feeling throughout was of gloom and despondency over a summer
that has only been memorable for poor weather. Friday heralded
an overcast but dry day for the Callants Festival, which continued
into the evening providing very favourable conditions for a successful
and well attended Fancy Dress Parade. The weather conditions remained
promising throughout the night and continued to do so at 6.00am
while the cannon was discharged in its four cardinal directions
and signalled the start of the Race Around Town. Meantime Jedforest
Instrumental Band marched from Lower Canongate through Market
Place playing popular airs to awaken the towns people to another
Games Day. Jed
Legion F. C. mid-fielder Gary Hunter was there again to defend
his title as the fastest man to run around the town, and so he
did, coming home in a state of exhaustion, but about 200 metres
in front of all the other contenders. It was also very pleasant
to be refreshed with a coffee and a bacon roll from Coffee Corner
which had only just opened the week before to begin trading on
the corner of Burn Wynd.
At 10.30 am the Sports at
Riverside Park were gotten under way with the Races for Boys and
Girls aged six to twelve years.
broken down MiniBus in Jethart's Market Square on Games
Jed Legion F.C. mid-fielder
Gary Hunter takes a well earned rest after defending his
title as the fastest man to run around the town. Yeh!
cheers man, and careful you don't lose that £40
Prize money between yer legs.
Edinburgh teenager Kieran Kivlin
surprised all when he came from behind in the final of the Jedforest
110m Sprint to carry off the £3000 first prize with medal
and cup. The Portobello High School pupil qualified for the Cross
Ties from heat six in second place
behind David Grieve of Hawick who won the
heat in 11.90 seconds. In the cross-ties
Kivlin, running from a mark of 4½
metres secured his place in the final with a very impressive winning
run of 11.92 seconds. Along with the other finalists, Peter Denholm
of Melrose off 8½
metres, Tommy Finkle of T.L.J.T
running off 13 metres, Hawick's David Grieve running from 15 metres,
Steven Charters from Dolphinton off 3 metres and Graeme Armstrong
from Edinburgh running off the 17 metres mark Kivlin lined up
for a shot at the high stakes. Metres from home it appeared that
Grieve, who had led from the start was set to take the crown,
when Kivlin came storming in from the back to snatch an impressive
photo finish triumph in 11.62 seconds which was the fastest for
the event. Coached by Kevin Turner, Kivlin remarked, "I won
the New Year Youth's Sprint a while ago, but I have never won
anything as big as this, and its a great feeling to have pulled
it off. I have been quite pleased with my running this season,
as I have already been in the final of the Hawick and the Oxton
Games Sprints, and have been trying hard. But today in the final
at Jedburgh was the best I have ran, and I am glad I got it right."
a teenage student from Edinburgh's Portobello High School
wearing the number 2 bib surprises all by winning the
Jedforest 110 metre Handicap final in front of David Grieve
from Hawick wearing number 7 and Graeme Armstrong of Edinburgh
in number 1 in a fast time of 11.62 seconds.
Craig Fleming of Clydebank gave a
first class performance to win the Border Athletics 100 metres
Sprint Championship ahead of Greg Turnbull of T.L.J.T. and Steven
Charters of Dolphinton. Former New Year Sprint winner Craig Robertson
of Galashiels was the victor of the 100 metres Invitation Handicap.
Craig Grieve of T.L.J.T. took second place and Chris Baillie from
Birchfield came in third. Seventeen year old Luke Lowther of Jed
A. C. delighted the home crowd with a triumph in the 200 metres
Open Handicap. Following a win in his heat, thirteen year old
Lowther running off 35 metres is in his first season as a senior
and has chalked up victories at Earlston, Selkirk and Oxton Games
recently. Coming down the home straight in the final at Jedburgh,
he had to hold off challenges from Dylan Ali of T.L.J.T. who was
running from the 15 metre mark and Ryan Trimby of Hawick running
from 25 metres to win in 22.12 seconds.
Sarah Ross of Pitreavie, running off 73 metres gave an excellent
account of herself to take the 400
metres handicap. Ross was tearing down the home straight hotly
pursued by Leigh Marshall of T.L.J.T. who started from 14 metres
and Gordon McPherson of Hawick running off 32 metres. With her
competitors closing the lead she showed that she still had enough
stamina left to break across the tape in a time of 52.47 seconds.
Reflecting on her win, she said,
"I have never won a race in the Borders before so I am really
thrilled, especially since it's Jedburgh because it's such a big
meeting. My boyfriend is Craig Grieve from Jedburgh, who I trained
with at T.L.J.T. during the summer, which makes my win even nicer."
Ross from Pitreavie, running off a 73 metre handicap gave
an excellent account of herself by winning the 400 metres
Open Handicap. Although her lead was being cut down on the
home straight, she still had plenty to offer and came in
to take the honours from Leigh Marshal of T.L.J.T. and Gordon
McPherson of Hawick who took third place.
Twelve year old Eve Huxley of Innerleithen,
a youngster who has tremendous potential, produced the goods to
the full and a little more besides in the Junior 90 metres Handicap.
Competing from scratch, Huxley buzzed to a heat win, before becoming
involved in a thrilling final which brought about a photo finish,
giving her the verdict over Brodie Graham from Hawick who ran
off 4 metres and Sam Archibald of Leithenburn running off 9½
coach, Charlie Russell remarked, "I have been in this game
for a long time and have been lucky enough to train a few winners.
However, I have to say that Eve's win this afternoon. It was amazing
that she could win something like this from scratch."Hawick
ruled the roost in the Youth's 90 metre Handicap. Corey Wilson
off 7 metres, Megan Shiel running off 14 metres and Logan Gordon-Woolley
off 12 metres, all from the Billy Edgar stable gained the first
three places in the final. Coached by her
grandfather, Brian 'Chico' Woods, Holly McKay of Jed A. C. competing
from 33 metres triumphed in the Youths 200 metres Handicap. McKay
won her heat in 24 seconds dead, with more to come from the fifteen
year old in the final as she won in an improved time of 23.90
seconds. Megan Shiel of Hawick off 31 metres was second
and Euan Pettigrew
from Kelso off the 5 metre mark was third. Woods said, "Like
any grandfather I am very proud of my grandaughter's achievement.
I was very pleased to see Holly win, not just for the family relationship,
but for the fact that she trains hard and ran very well today."
Victory in the 800 metres Handicap went the way of Paddy Jumelle
of Edinburgh running off the 80 metre mark. He earned a place
in the final as a fastest loser, beaten in his heat by Jedburgh's
Andrew Thomson who ran from 85 metres. In the final, though, Jumelle
turned the tables and won in a good time of 1 minute 57.22 seconds.
Thomson was second with Grant Kennedy of Glasgow who started from
110 metres coming in behind. The 1500 metre Handicap turned out
to be a thrilling battle between Darrell Hastie of Kelso running
off 55 metres and Craig Robertson from Pitreavie also off 55 metres.
Law of Hawick who was competing from a 345 metre mark was the
man in front at the start of the last lap, with Hastie and Robertson
close on his heels. Hastie then edged ahead, but before the final
bend Robertson took the lead. Hastie gave chase, but Robertson
strode on to do the business in 4 minutes 9.10 seconds. The other
placings went to Hastie and Law respectively. Robertson said,
"I won the 800 metres and the 1500 metres at Jedburgh last
year, and it's just brilliant to have been able to win again."
of Edinburgh in number 3 bib who earned his place in the
800 metre final as a fastest loser, turns the tables on
Andrew Thomson of Jedburgh running in the number 1 bib
to take first place. Grant Kennedy of Glasgow comes from
behind to take third place.