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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Jedburgh Sprint Saturday 9th July 2011 - RESULTS

Jedburgh Sprint Saturday 9th July 2011 - RESULTS

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From the Scotsman.....

Athletics: Hedley sprints to victory.
Bedlington's Connor Hedley captured the £3000 first prize for the Jedforest Sprint Handicap at Jedburgh Border Games, covering the 110 metres in 11.35 secs from a start of 12 metres at a rain-soaked Riverside Park.
Scratch man Nick Smith (Dunfermline), who defends his Scottish 100 metres title at Scotstoun on Saturday, could finish only third in the first heat, but had the consolation of winning the 100 metres championship race in 10.61 secs and a prize of £200.

EAC's Ben Robbins and Josh Kerr won the youths 200 and 800 respectively.

Meanwhile, former Scottish 200 metres and 110m/400m hurdles champion Francis Smith (Pitreavie) won £500 in capturing the 90 metres sprint at Alva Games.



Fifer Sean Harris gained some consolation for his failure to win the big sprint the previous day at Jedburgh by sprinting to victory and a prize of £200 in the Open 90 metres handicap at Stirling Games on Sunday

The previous day at Jed the punters had backed him down to favourite to land the £3000 prize however he could only finish 6th and the bookies kept the money in their satchels.

Harris won his heat at Stirling before going to land the final in 9.62 seconds from a start of 7.25 metres, Borderer John Fleming from Kelso was second with Willie Bates, Tullibody third.

There was a female 1 - 2 in the Open 200 metres with Sarah Ross, Pitreavie AC edging out Wendy Nicol,DWF mother of Scottish international Gemma.
DWF gained revenge in the Open 400 metres when John Lowis powered to victory ahead of Willie Bates and Stuart Grant, Glasgow.

Derek Scott from Hawick made his journey up from the Borders a fruitful one by landing an 800 metres 3200 metres double, in the shorter race he came home ahead of Gerald Gibson,Selkirk and Willie Bates. In the 3200 he stayed on strongly to hold off backmarker Colin Welsh, Kelso and Barry Davie, Pitreavie AC.

Welsh turned the tables on Scott in the 1600 metres handicap with a fine run from the backmark, Scott finished runner up with Gary Turner, Campbeltown third.

It was another profitable day for many of the youth athletes, like Alva the previous day they had 5 races to contest. There was a female first three in the 90 metres with victory going to Pitreavie AC's Zara Connelly, just pipping her training companion Caitlin Murphy with Jess Concannon DWF third.

There was a Borders win in the Youths 200 metres with Gary Gerrard, Selkirk getting up to collar Jess Concannon and Chris Glass,Glasgow.
There was further Selkirk celebrations in the Youths 400 metres with victory going to Tom Paterson from his stable mates Andrew Nesbitt and Jack Stanners.

It was Selkirk again in the Youths 800 metres with James McLean coming through to deny Fifers Connor Morris DWF and Ryan Thomson, Pitreavie AC.

Scottish schools champion Aiden Thomson, Pitreavie AC followed up his Alva win with victory in the Youths 1600 metres handicap after a good scrap over the last lap with James McLean, Zara Aziz, Selkirk ran a good race to place third.

[Heavy events were still going on when i left, and results haven't been forwarded onto me as yet.]



No repeat performance from Weir as he settles for second

By John Slorance
Hawick News
Sunday 17 July 2011

HAWICK’s Ross Weir came within a metre of winning the Jedburgh 110m handicap – twenty-seven years after he first tasted success in the summer games’ top event.

Time has marched on but it’s still the one that every sprinter wants to win, and at Riverside Park last Saturday the veteran runner was second in the final, just a fraction behind 18-year-old winner Connor Hedley of Bedlington (12m).

At a meeting that had been hit by torrential rain, thunder and lightning, Weir’s trip to the final didn’t begin with a win, though, as he was beaten in his heat. However, he qualified for the cross ties as a fastest loser.

Come the semi-finals, which included Hawick’s David Hush (22.5m), who had surged to a good win in his heat, Weir (22m) hit full throttle to gain a final place with an excellent victory in 11.48 seconds.

The scene was now set for the grand finale, which apart from Weir and Hedley, included Iskan Barskanmay of Jed AC (6.6m), Sean Harris of Dunfermline (7.5m) and TLJT pair Craig Grieve (8m) and Angus Stanners (9m).

On a rain-soaked track, Weir gave his best show with a splendid run from the gun and looked a potential winner with just metres to go. But Hedley came soaring in from the back to snatch a dramatic win on the tape in 11.35 seconds, the fastest time of the day. Weir finishing second and Grieve third.

The Hawick runner had missed out on the £3,000 first prize by a metre. He told the Hawick News: “I’ve been happy with the way I’ve been running this season and was hoping to do well today.

“My first run wasn’t a great one as I was beaten, but I still did enough to get into the cross ties as a fastest loser and I was very pleased with my performance in that, as I won in a good time.

“After this I just switched off and went off to the dressing rooms in the stand to keep away from everybody, concentrate and get my head right for the final.

“I felt I’d got off to a good start, but when you’re out in front at the beginning you don’t know what’s happening behind you.

“I knew they’d be closing in on me, but as the tape drew nearer I thought I was going to hold on.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Hedley got to me, but only just. And good for him. He’s just a young lad but he’s served his apprenticeship at the games as he has run as a youth, and comes from a good running family as his grandfather and uncle used to run at the games years ago.”

He added: “I’m very competitive and I was disappointed to lose, but at my age I suppose I should be happy being in a sprint final, especially at Jedburgh.”

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