Big race title at long last for Hawick’s Corey Wilson

St Ronan's Games at Innerleithen

1600mtrs open winner Dean Whiteford with his son Stuart who was this years lantern bearer
St Ronan's Games at Innerleithen 1600mtrs open winner Dean Whiteford with his son Stuart who was this years lantern bearer

Corey Wilson has played rugby for Hawick Wanderers and football for Hawick Legion, but last Saturday running was his game.

For the boots were off and the spikes were on and Hawick’s Wilson hit the glory trail at St Ronans Games by emerging victorious in the 100 metres handicap on the Victoria Park track.

Following a heat victory in 10.82 seconds from a mark of 12 metres, 20 year old Wilson earned himself a final place with a cross tie triumph in 10.44 seconds.

The scene was now set for an exciting looking final which comprised of two other Hawick sprinters, Glyn Desport (8m) and Leon Ali (9m) plus Tommy Finkle of TLJT (15m), Jack Beattie of Rosyth and Kevin Turner of Dalkeith (20.5m).

And it was Wilson who did the scene stealing by surging home in five star style to break the tape in 10.54 seconds. Desport emerged second and Finkle third.

Reflecting on his winning performance, Wilson said: “I have been in a few sprint finals in the Borders but this is the first time I have won one. I felt good after winning my heat and then did a good time in my cross tie and felt I could have a chance in the final. Thankfully I managed to do it and I am really thrilled to have won at last.”

It’s always a big thrill to win a race on your home town track and Innerleithen’s own Dean Whiteford soaked in this thrill when triumphing in the 1600 metres handicap.

Whiteford (110m) looked a man with a purpose from the gun. He was going all out for a win that’s for sure and cheered every stride of the way by a buzzing home support, Whiteford duly produced the goods to the full to win well in 4 minutes 30.72 seconds.

The other placings going the way of Colin Welsh of Kelso (45m) and Greg Walker of Hawick (105m).

Back marker Rory Anderson of Hawick (20m) pulled out the stops to take the 800 metres handicap. Coming down the home straight the race was anybody’s as the field was so close together.

It was Anderson however, who had the last say with a strong, powerful finish that carried him through the winning line ahead of Andrew Ronald of Falkirk (82.5m) and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (35m) in 1 minute 59.47 seconds.

Cameron grieve of TLJT gave a great account of himself in winning the 100 metres invitation sprint. Kelso pair Connor Gillan and John Fleming came in second and third respectively. The winning time was 10.97 seconds.

Andy Cullen of Corstorphine (41m) edged out Mhairi Henderson of TLJT (47m) and Kyle Potts of Hawick (20m) in the final of the 200 metres handicap in 21.75 seconds.

All the youth’s events on the St Ronans card conjured up some excellent running.

Coached by John Motion, 14 year old Same Archibald of Leithenburn (16m) emerged a highly impressive winner of the youth’s 90 metres ‘A’ race handicap.

Olivia Rodden of Jed AC (365m) was the victor of the youth’s 1600 metres handicap in 4 minutes 40.38 seconds.