THE sun was out for Hawick Border Games on Sunday and shining along with it was young Chirnside athlete Rory Williams.
Following his recent double triumph at Earlston Games, Rory (140m) got into the winning frame again when pulling out the stops to win the junior/youths 800 metres handicap in style.
The Henry Gray coached youngster won from his Chirnside stablemate Jamie Kinghorn and Euan Hood of Moorfoot (120m) in 1 minute 58.88 seconds.
Lawrie McCombie gave a capital show by taking pride of place in the main event at the Volunteer Park – the 110 metres handicap, which had a winning prize of £1,000.
A beaten finalist in the Earlston Games 90 metres handicap the previous week, McCombie began his day to remember by surging to a heat win in 11.94 seconds from a mark of 13 metres. Coached by Tom Bradley, McCombie then did it all again in his cross tie when breaking the tape in an improved time of 11.75 seconds and he then went on to win the final in exactly the same time. Dylan Ali was second and David Lauder third.
Selkirk’s Alistair Laurie (400m) gained the honours in the 1600 metres handicap. Laurie started and finished the race at the front, clocking up a winning time of 4 minutes 12.62 seconds. Chris Black of Kelso (90m) and Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (155m) gained the other placings.
In the other distance race on the Hawick programme, Grant Kennedy of Glasgow (105m) emerged a clear winner from Iain Little of Langholm (35m) and Kyle Potts of TLJT (80m) in 1 minute 55.25 seconds.
Competing from a mark of 77 metres, 79 year old Matt McMahon of Penton won the 200 metres handicap. Even more remarkable and astonishing is the fact that the evergreen McMahon gained victory in the final in 20.87 seconds. Geoff Keen of Selkirk (25m) come in second and Bruce Scott of TLJT (36m) third.
Victor of the Hawick Games 110 metres handicap 12 months ago, Craig Grieve of TLJT tasted sprint victory once more when coming out the victor in the 100 metres invitation sprint in 11.00 seconds. The other placings went the way of Greg Turnbull of TLJT and Seb Harrison of Jed AC.
Sixteen year old Ryan Elliot of Hawick won the under 17 100 metres championship in 11.30 seconds. Ryan’s younger brother Daniel also shone in giving a five star show in the youth’s 90 metres handicap. Phillipa Robertson of Hawick (16.5m) and Eoin Lowther of TLJT (7.5m) came in behind Elliot.
In form Phillipa Robertson (31m) chalked up her third win of the term. After having triumphed in her heat in the youths 200m handicap, the Hawick High School pupil soared home in the final in front of Grant Goodfellow of TLJT (27m) and Leithenburn’s Rachel Wicks (35m). The winning time was 20.87 seconds.
Nine year old Jake Houten of Cardrona (26m) gave an excellent account of himself in the junior 200 metres handicap. Matt Dougal of TLJT (55m) ran a great race from the gun to win the junior/youths 400 metres handicap in 52.44 seconds.
Brian Marshall of Haddington won the Hill Race, a new event on the card.