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Jedburgh Border Games president Gordon Yule presents Peebles teenager Rianna Sterricks with her well deserved trophy after a splendid performance in the Jedforest Sprint this year. Representing Lasswade Athletics Club and trained by Gordon Robertson, who was unfortunately not present to share the glory of the moment. This 18 year old youngster walked through her Heat to take second place in the Cross-ties and ultimately won the Sprint Final outright. Prior to winning the Big sprint, she had come second in the 100 metres Ladies Handicap earlier in the day, and we trust that this is only the beginning of a long and successful running career for such a talented young lady.

A Well Deserved Win for Rianna from Peebles

After a walkover in Heat 3 of the Jedforest Sprint Handicap, young Rianna Sterricks, ran the 110 metres of the track at a leisurely pace providing evidence that she had completed her heat even though she was the only athlete to come forward for Heat 3, which was sponsored by Doddie Ferguson fae Jethart. Coming second to Brody Cowan in the 3rd Cross-tie gave her a place in the the final. After a blistering run, particularly over the final 30 metres of the course, this young lady deservedly took the £3,000 purse and the glory as winner of the 2019 Jedforest Sprint in a winning time of 11.35 seconds.

As usual a sizeable number of spectators gathered in Market Place for 6.00am on Saturday 13th July 2019 to witness the time old ceremony for opening Games Day.


Firearms expert Neil Hogg of Jedburgh Border Games Committee gingerly removes the unfired third gun from it's position on Market Cross for examination. After some short deliberation it was decided that the unexploded charge should be carefully disposed of and the cannon be reloaded for a second attempt.

The weather was pleasant at such an hour in the morning, promising a fair day for the sports events to come. The ceremonies got under way when 2019 Callant Euan Munro fired off the first cannon. All came to a sudden halt, however when the third cannon failed to go off. After some consultation the JBG artillery experts decided that the only solution was to defuse the gun, clean out the powder and reload the armament for a second attempt. After a short time when the responsible commitee members had done their stuff, guest Angela Rose from Hong Kong, who had returned to Jethart for this year's Festival got the proceedings back on track. This time the artillery piece succeeded to ignite bringing the occasion back to life. The fourth cannon starting the race also signalled the toon band who marched 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.
The Border Athletics Sprint Championship consisted of a top line-up and made for a superb race. So much so that it ended in a dead heat, in which the judges couldn't split Allan Hamilton of Edinburgh and Greg Kelly of East Kilbride. Cameron Tindle representing TLJT was edged into third spot. Gordon Armstrong, Josh Abbot and Douglas Young all put victory Kelso's way with ace performances in their respective events. Armstrong running off a 17metre mark powered to victory through a great run from the back to win the 400 metres Handicap in a time of 51.77 seconds. Kyle Potts from Hawick was compelled to settle for second place and Caris Brus of TLJT took third spot. In the 200 metres Handicap, Abbot turned on the style in both his heat and also the final. Running off 16metres Abbot in a thrilling final outran Corey Wilson of Hawick R. P. into second place in a winning time of 22.30 seconds. Euan Hood of Lasswade AC came in third. Young also fired on all cylinders when soaring through the tape during the 100 metres Invitation Handicap in 10.24 seconds, beating TLJT's Sophie Elder into second place. Scott Tindle of TLJT took third place.


Jedforest RFC retired scrum half, Roy Laidlaw comes in first to break the tape in the 60 metres Handicap for Athletes over the age of 45 years. Second place went to Kenny Ferguson wearing the number 7 bib following behind Roy in the picture. Dougie Lightbody took third place.

He might have come from down under, but Australian Matthew Newton who ran off 16metres came out on top in the 90 metres Veterans Handicap. A seasoned campaigner on the Australian running circuit, Newton who is on holiday with his family in the UK, in conjunction with appearing at Scottish Games meetings was beaten in his heat by John Fleming of Kelso. Turning the tables Newton pulled out some added spurt in the final to leave Fleming behind him in second place by winning the event in a time of 9.91 seconds. Third position was taken by Paul Donaghy of Durham City Harriers. Langholm's Ryan Milligan running of the 75 metre mark was a clear winner of the Elite 1500 metres Handicap in 4 minutes 28.38 seconds. Mark McGlincy from Grassington in West Yorkshire was able to hold onto second place at the tape. Ryan Johnstone also representing Langholm came in third. Wallace McGowan of Sauchie did the business in the two heat 800 metres Handicap. Running from a mark of 120 metres, McGowan powered home in a winning time of 1 minute and 59.02 seconds from James Gillon of Law and District who took second place. TLJT's Sarah Ross was third. Jedburgh's own Roy Laidlaw made a name for himself in the world of international rugby. Capped 47 times for Scotland, scrum half Laidlaw also played for the British Lions. At this particular Riverside Park meeting, however, he starred on the track by winning the 60 metres Handicap for Athletes over 45 Years of Age which is an event of bigger interest on Jedforest RFC's home ground. Laidlaw gained the bragging rights in a time of 7.03 seconds from a mark of 13 metres. Summing up his win, he said "I have always wanted to win a race at the Jed Games and it's taken me until I was 65 years old to do it. I am really pleased because now I don't have to run again.


A tight tussle took place at the line for the BA 100 metres Sprint Handicap title. The judges were unable to split the two front runners and a dead heat verdict was given for Allan Hamilton of Edinburgh in the number 1 bib and Greg Kelly of East Kilbride coming in with the challenge. Cameron Tindle of TLJT was edged into third spot.

No one came forward for Heat 3 of the 110 metres Jedforest Sprint Handicap other than young Rianna Sterricks, representing Lasswade Athletics Club, and running off the 21 metres mark. Technically a walk through, straight into the Cross-Ties of the Big Sprint. She did, however, run the 110metres distance of the track conserving her energy at a leisurely pace as a matter of courtesy. Coached by Gordon Robertson, Sterricks was then beaten in her cross-tie by Jedburgh runner, Brodie Cowan who started from a mark of 22 metres, but qualified for the final by emerging in second place. Set to be a student at Stirling University in September, this determined young lady found herself lining up against Cowan, Ryan Elliot of Hawick off 8 metres, Graeme Armstrong from Edinburgh running from the same mark as herself, Marcus Archer of Aberdeen who was handicapped at 7 metres and Joseph Wilkinson of Level Valley Athletics Club off 13 metres in the final. Sterricks appeared to have a lot to do to get into the winning frame, but she produced a blistering run, over the last 30 metres in particular, to soar to an impressive victory in a very fast time of 11.35 seconds. Elliot was placed second and Cowan third. A thrilled Sterricks said of her memorable win, "I won the Jedburgh Youths 200 metres a while back and my dad had won the same race years before that. I was really pleased about that and it has been one of the highlights of my winning days. However, I've now managed to win the big sprint, and I can't believe it. I was just happy to be in the final but didn't expect to win it." Prior to appearing in the big sprint Sterricks had ran in the Ladies 100 metres Handicap from a handicap of 5 metres. Brodie Cowan of Jed AC running off 7 metres emerged the victor in 12.30 seconds, with Sterricks next. Third place went to Sophie Elder of TLJT who ran off 6 metres.

We owe our most Grateful Thanks to John Slorance from Hawick for his help in puting this article together.


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