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1Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw Empty Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw on Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:34 pm


142nd New Year Sprint: New Year Sprint heats

The heats of the New Year Sprint were drawn at Musselburgh Racecourse on Wednesday 1st December. Twelve heats were drawn with 7 runners in the first ten heats and 6 runners in the remaining two heats.

Backmarkers will be seeded into each heat.

Heat winners and the 8 fastest losers progress to the 4 cross-ties (semi-finals).

Cross-tie winners and the 4 fastest losers make up the 8 strong final.

Heats will be staged on Friday 31st December. The cross-ties and final are due to be held on Saturday 1st January.

Heat 1
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Charles Corstairs Lasswade AC 8.5
2 Wendy Nicol Dunfermline & WF AC 29
3 Bob Douglas Harmeny AC 23.5
4 Martyn Paterson Clackmannan 6.5
5 John Fleming Kelso 8
6 Ewen Dyer Pitreavie AC 8
7 Cameron Smith Edinburgh 7.5

Heat 2
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Craig Douglas Selkirk 24
2 Walter Hunter Falkirk 22.5
3 Trevor Madigan Aberdeen AC 22.5
4 Francis Smith Woodford Green AC 5.25
5 Tom Nicholson Glasgow 16
6 Duncan Cleat Edinburgh AC 7.5
7 David Allan Dunfermline & WF AC 9

Heat 3
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Sebastian Harrison Jedburgh 7.75
2 Douglas Prowse Hawick 8
3 Craig McEwan Whitemoss AC 7
4 Andy Carroll Stirling 6.5
5 Joseph Watson Penrith 39
6 Lee Notman Hawick 7.5
7 Lee Gillie Edinburgh AC 21

Heat 4
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 William Bates Tullibody 15
2 Colin Bruce Selkirk 11.5
3 Richard Eland Little Broughton 17
4 Christopher Hutton Airdrie 7
5 Sandra Mitusch Tullibody 28
6 Douglas Donald Oakham 14
7 Fiona Cleat Edinburgh AC 22

Heat 5
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Peter Denholm Melrose 8
2 Ross Borthwick Hawick 9
3 Eric Smart Whitley Bay 14
4 Cumberland Bowers Glenrothes 5.5
5 Paddy Jumelle Kingston 7.5
6 Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC 23
7 Billy Martin Glenrothes 10

Heat 6
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 John Paxton Hawick 14.5
2 Gillian Cooke Edinburgh AC 16.5
3 Jordan Maxwell Langholm 10
4 Greg Turnbull Edinburgh 4
5 Stephen Milne Corstorphine AC 8
6 Alan Stewart Blackburn 23
7 Ross Kirk Pitreavie AC 7

Heat 7
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Stephen Murray Larkhall YM H 11
2 Andrew Bryson Hawick 19.5
3 Shaun Ross Edinburgh 8
4 Leigh Marshall Hawick 5.75
5 Iain McEwan Whtemoss AC 17
6 John J Watson Penrith 25
7 Sean Grant Innerleithen 11.5

Heat 8
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Ryan Trimby Hawick 10
2 Gary Wilson Hawick 13.5
3 Wallace McGowan Sauchie 13
4 David Watson Paisley 6
5 Mathew Fleming Kelso 13
6 Craig Grieve TLJT 7.75
7 Linda Nicholson Peebles 26

Heat 9
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Sarah Stewart Blackburn 23.5
2 Graeme Armstrong Edinburgh 14.5
3 John McStewart Armadale 28
4 Craig Fleming Harrow AC 2.5
5 Thomas Bradley Edinburgh 23
6 Jack Beattie Rosyth 16
7 Craig Sowerby Seaton AC 8

Heat 10
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Albert Eland Great Broughton 26.5
2 Sean Harris University of Edinburgh 7.5
3 Marc Cockburn Selkirk 13
4 Tony Daffurn Shettleson H 5.75
5 Stewart Harris Longtown 26.5
6 Ryan Charters Dolphinton 10.5
7 Sam Bates Tullibody 26

Heat 11
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 Allan Carr Gorebridge 22.5
2 David Rae Hawick 7.5
3 David Brand Dunfermline & WF AC 9
4 Iskan Barskanmay Jedburgh 5.5
5 Craig Knowles Corstorphine AC 8.5
6 Emily Douglas Jedforest 19.5

Heat 12
Lane Name Club/Town H'cap (metres)
1 James Bryce Cowdenbeath 32.5
2 John Sutherland Innerleithen 9
3 Iain Heard Jed Track 22
4 Steven Charters Edinburgh AC 4.25
5 Gaith Taha Vale of Aylesbury AC 8
6 Gemma Nicol Dunfermline & WF AC 15.75

"Let's Go While We're Young"

2Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw Empty Re: Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw on Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:36 pm



New Year sprint draw produces host of plumb ties
By John Slorance
Hawick News
Fri 10 Dec 2010

THE countdown to the 142nd New Year sprint is well and truly on after last week’s draw threw up several exciting clashes.

Hawick has produced nine winners over the years – in T. Williamson (1881), J. Jackson (1890), Tommy Dickson (1965), Andrew Walker (1982), John Mallin (1990), Malcolm Elliot (1992), David Lauder (2002), Leigh Marshall (2008) and Daniel Paxton (2009) – and the town will once again be well represented at Musselburgh racecourse on December 31 when nine Teri peds get down on their marks in the 12-heat event which carries a first prize of £4,000.

A potential winner could come from the opening heat in which Clackmannan’s Martyn Paterson (6.5m) looks the likely victor. Rarely seen on the Border Games scene, Paterson caught the eye in reaching the final of the Jedburgh Games 110m handicap. Competing then from a standing start instead of blocks, Paterson certainly has a lot to offer on this showing.

Heat three sees the first appearance of Hawick runners when Royal Albert footballer Douglas Prowse (8m) and Lee Notman (7.5m) clash. Also in this one is Jedburgh teenager Sebastian Harrison (7.75m). Coached by Brian ‘Chico’ Woods, Harrison won the Hawick Games sprint in great style in June. The young Jed flyer did little for the remainder of the season, but watch out for him at Musselburgh.

Hawick-trained Colin Bruce, of Selkirk, goes off 11.5m in heat four.

Strong-running Teri Ross Borthwick (9m), who notched up several creditable wins during the summer months, has been drawn in heat five.

The sixth heat sees Hawick’s John Paxton competing off 14.5m. Lining up against Paxton is Langholm’s Jordan Maxwell (10m), a product of Hawick’s Lee Notman/Drew Bryson stable. The stylish Maxwell is liable to show up well in a hot heat which also includes Jedburgh’s Greg Turnbull (4m), a beaten finalist last year.

Hawick pair Drew Bryson (19.5m) and Leigh Marshall (5.75m) face each other in heat seven. Victor in the New Year sprint in 2008, Marshall could well have what it takes to triumph again – which would be some feat.

Training companions Ryan Trimby (10m) and Gary Wilson (13.5m), from the Billy Edgar school, find themselves up against each other in heat eight.

In the eleventh heat, Hawick’s David Rae (7.5m) bids for a cross-tie spot, along with flying Turk Iskan Barskanmay (5.5m), formerly of Hawick but now of Jedburgh.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

3Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw Empty Re: Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw on Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:42 pm


Athletics: Newyear Sprint handicaps
The Scotsman
23 November 2010

Capital athletes Greg Turnbull and Steven Charters will be off four metres and 4.25m for the 142nd annual New Year Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse on December 31 and January 1.

Last year's runner-up, Turnbull, has been cut by 1.5m compared to last time, but is still 1.5m better off than back-marker Craig Fleming (Kilbarchan), whose name will go into the draw with 81 others at Musselburgh on Monday.

Former Scottish 200m champion Francis Smith (Pitreavie) is at the back, off 5.25m.

The 2006 winner, Cumbie Bowers (Glenrothes), is off 5.5m, as is Kelso runner Iskan Barskanmay, who was third last time. For her debut, World bobsleigh champion Gillian Cooke (Edinburgh) receives a start of 16.5m, while Commonwealth Games 400m runner and former finalist Gemma Nicol (Dunfermline) is off 15.75m.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

4Scottish New Year Sprint Heat Draw Empty Nick Smith will miss New Year Sprint on Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:45 pm



Athletics: Sprinter Smith to miss New Year run due to flit abroad
The Scotsman
22 November 2010

The New Year Athletics Meeting at Musselburgh next month will be without one of its staunchest supporters.

Scotland's top sprinter Nick Smith is re-locating to New Zealand shortly in a bid to breathe new life into his athletics career and will miss the New Year professional gala which he has plundered regularly in recent years as he mopped up the top scratch prizes.

Smith won the big sprint ten years ago at the age of only 18, the youngest ever winner at the time, and has been supporting the meeting ever since, though in recent years concentrating on the scratch and short limit events.

He will be away for most of 2011 and will also miss all the major championships including the Scottish Indoors and Outdoors where he is the defending champion.

The Stewart's Melville FP, who is coached by former British professional sprint champion Stuart Hogg, has been six times Scottish 100 metres champion and won the Scottish Indoor 60 metres title for a record seventh time at Kelvin Hall last winter.

He went on to smash Elliot Bunney's Scottish National record.

"I'll be away for at least six to eight months - I just need a bit of a change," says Smith, who was desperately disappointed to miss out on Scotland's team for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last month as he had not made the qualifying time.

Smith, who will also attend his elder sister Julie's wedding in Christchurch, has been taking a course in Edinburgh to become a personal fitness trainer, a career he hopes to pursue at least part-time over there.

"I'm going to try to get as many races as I can in New Zealand - it's a great country and I've been in touch with some people including a coach who has a group of sprinters I can work with," he added.

"It's going to be quite a bit of a challenge for me but I still believe I can sneak back into a GB team in future, though it's difficult under the system now."

Having taken the Scottish 100m title in 2002 and 2003, Smith went to the Athens Olympics in 2004 as a member of the British 4 x 100 metres relay squad but failed to get a run. His career then took a dip until he returned to his first coach Hogg, who steered him to the last four National 100 metres titles in a row.

Smith, 28 next month, has no intention of retiring and has not ruled out bidding for a place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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