At Jedburgh Border Games this year,
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.
Jedburgh Border Games
President Kennie Hogg presents the Jedburgh Herald Trophy
to Mark Wilson of Kelso, the winner of this years 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.
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
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
14½ metres and Edinburgh duo Tom Holligan off scratch and Kieran
Reilly off 6½ 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
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."
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
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
and Kyle Potts representing T. L. J. T was
third off 32½ metres.
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.
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 4½ 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.
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.