New Novice Sprint Series

Border Athletics are delighted to announce a new sprint series open to novice athletes. The series will be run at Earlston, Hawick, Selkirk, City of Edinburgh Running Festival and Jedburgh.

The event is being sponsored by Bob Inglis and the races are being run in memory of Michelle Henderson who was coached by Bob. Michelle was a sprinter and ran for a number of years and did take part in a number of open events. Bob said Michelle was a joy to work with and he wished he had coached more athletes who displayed Michelle’s attitude.

Sadly Michelle died on her 28th birthday from cervical cancer. Before she died Michelle set up a trust fund to assist in the fight against this disease. The trust has been involved in a number of notable developments at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, including the purchase of scanners to assist in the early detection of the disease. Michelle’s father is heavily involved with the trust and he is Willie Henderson ex Glasgow Rangers and Scotland footballer.

To qualify to run in this series athletes must be under the age of 21 on 1 June 2015. Athletes must be competing in the Adult Open events. Also athletes must have not won an individual prize of £200 or more in any open Sprint or 200m event. Each event in the series will carry one prize only and that will be £200 to each of the 5 winners. If an athlete wins an event they will not be allowed to run in the next event in the series. The series will be non-penalty  for the open events.

Running Down Under

CERF Chairman Graeme Armstrong is ” down under ” competing on the Australian pro circuit. In his first race after arriving Graeme finished 3rd in the 300m Masters race at Wangaratta. The race was one by John Hilditch formerly of West Lothian. The following weekend at Albury Graeme once again reached the final of the 300m Masters finishing runner up.

Graeme completed his trip with another 3rd place in the 300m Masters at Keilor while travelling companion Wallace McGowan had a fantastic result by winning the 300m Masters at Ballarat.