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2017 event will take place at Meggetland on the 23rd of June.

Event review 2016

Meggetland looked splendid as the crowd arrived in anticipation of a great night’s racing. Unfortunately the weather was not as kind as last year with a heavy downpour greeting the youths in the early heats.

The first serious action of the night was the 110m novice sprint sponsored by Bob Inglis. In a very close finish it was a new name to the event who triumphed when Taylor Roy of Cowdenbeath just got the better of Cal McLennan.
T.L.J.T as always were well represented in the youth events and picked up two of the sprints through Marshall Smith in the youths A 90m sponsored by Insureness and Kacey Taitt in the youths B 200m sponsored by Bruce Collie Builders. Euan Smith, Central AC ran brilliantly to capture the youths A 200M sponsored by Albatrans and Imogen Lewis from Peebles took the 90m B sponsored by C’est Si Bon Boutique.

Chirnside Chasers are great supporters of our event and they were rewarded in the Clarity IFA sponsored youths 1600m when Rory Williams held off Jack Amos and Fraser Clyne. Jack Amos was also runner up in the ESPC sponsored youths 800m beaten this time by Euan Hood of Peebles.

The Davidson Chalmers Open 1600m had another surprise winner when newcomer Phil Buckley from Newbridge showed the field a clean pair of heels to win in 4.28 from a start of 300.

Perhaps the closest final of the night was in the Wayne Fueling Systems sponsored 200m. As the six finalist came off the bend they were all in with a chance. David Lauder hit the front with the line in site and with team mate Geoff Keen in close pursuit. It was only in the last strides that Leon Ali from Hawick Sprint Club squeezed through the smallest of gaps and took the title.

The Indigo sponsored Ladies Invitation was won in a very close finish by Emily Dagg (T.L.J.T) from Jessie Concannon and Jazmine Tomlinson.

In the Sandy Jardine memorial race Gavin Welsh of Boroughmuir RFC retained his title but had to work hard to fend off footballers from Rangers and Edinburgh City up the home straight.

The two big events again delivered fantastic races on the night. Nigel and Irene Jones sponsors of the 800m must have been impressed by the final of the 800m where the Chico Woods trained Andrew Thomson of Jed AC saw off the fast finishing Euan Martin of Fakirk and last year’s winner Rory Anderson in a time of 1.59.

The main event of the evening, the Ortholink 110m sprint was eagerly awaited with an extremely strong field headed by British Junior Internationalist Cameron Tindle.
Tindle ran a great heat behind the much fancied Cameron Fisher Jed AC and qualified for the cross ties but unfortunately felt a twinge in his hamstring forcing him to pull out. Other runners who stood out in their heats were Ewan Dyer (Pitreavie) and Hawick’s Glyn Desport and Corey Wilson.

Through the cross ties another three runners came to the fore, veteran Tommy Finkle, Greg Kelly and Jordan Charters joined Dyer, Fisher and Desport in the final. Youngster Fisher was the bookies favourite with Desport the one fancied to mount a challenge.

Jed AC’s Fisher off his mark of 13.5 led narrowly from Desport twenty out but the biggest challenge came from East Kilbride’s Kelly who finished fastest of all, failing narrowly to catch Fisher. So it proved a great double for trainer Chico Woods whose runners captured the two main events.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for continuing to support the event and without whom the meeting could not take place. A big thanks also goes out all of the officials and volunteers who make the event possible. Finally to the athletes, trainers and spectators we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017 for another great night of racing.

 

GRAEME ARMSTRONG

CHAIRMAN