Local heroes chosen for baton relay

Elaine Whellans
Elaine Whellans

There was good news for a number of people in Berwickshire this week when they found out they’d been chosen to be a baton holder for the Commonwelth Games relay.

The nationwide relay, which is due to pass through the Borders on June 18, invite nominations from communities who thought that someone deserved recognition from their efforts or exploits in their sporting field.

And taking the baton for Berwickshire are Chirnside Chasers’ Leann Ross; Mount Kiliminjaro trekker and prolific fundraiser Elaine Whellans from Duns; Berwickshire High School pupil and keen runner Cameron Burnett; Eyemouth High S6 student and junior footballer Blair Rutherford; Berwickshire RDA’s Jamie Bromley and Run Eyemouth’s David Dempster.

Leann, who gives up a lot of her free time to lead various running groups in Chirnside, found out during the Chasers AGM on Monday night and admitted to “getting a bit teary”.

And Eyemouth High headteacher, Dave Watson said he was very proud of Blair who was put forward for selection by his fellow pupils.

Do you know anyone else who has been chosen? Get in touch at simonduke@tweeddalepress.co.uk.