The 2012 JedForest Sprint is on this Saturday in Jedburgh (about 75kms south of Edinburgh). The race is over 120 yards and this year's total prizemoney is £3,000 (A$4,500). It is the most prestigious of the Scottish Games events - whether it be Border or Highland Games.
The games themselves date back to 1853 while the Jedforest Sprint (according to the official record) came into existence in the form of 150 handicap race in 1871, so it pre-dates Stawell by 7 years.
There have been 130 Jedforest Sprints with the most famous winner being USA's Barney Ewell who won the Sprint in 1950, running 11.37s from scratch for the 120 yards and earning the athlete of the meet title.
This year marks the 50 year anniversary of Dave Walker's brilliant win off 4 yards (11.35secs) in 1962. The Jim Bradley trained Walker won the Sprint and the British 120 yards title on the same day, running four times on the 120 yard track.
In 1995 a 23 year old Welshman Kevin Williams repeated Walker's amazing effort by also winning the main handicap race - the Jedforest Sprint and the Invitation backmarker's race. Williams won the Sprint from only ½ yard, running 11.40secs.
While he didn't win the Sprint, at Jedburgh Border Games in 1965, Ricky Dunbar broke the British All-Comers record for 120 Yards when he was timed at 11.34 seconds. Dunbar's performance was two hundredths better than that set by Barney Ewell in 1950. Dunbar received a gold medal for the most meritorious performance of the day.
There have been a few multiple winners but the last one to win consecutive titles was Willie Rutherford who won off 8 yards (11.50s) in 1967 before returning in 1968 to win off 4 yards (11.87s). Rutherford was trained by Jim Bradley.
Three times there has been a dead-heat, 1889, 1928 and 2007.
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