Cox makes it a hat-trick of wins with victory in Earlston Games

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Local athlete Nathan Cox claimed his third consecutive victory in the Earlston Border Games on Saturday.

Following up his junior 1600m titles from the previous two years, 16 year old Cox started as the back marker in the adults 1600m race.

He picked his way through the field and took the lead with 300m remaining, powering away from the pack to take the victory in four minutes 26.76 seconds

Cox has shown he is in fine form after his second win of the Border Games 2014. He would like to express his thanks to coach Henry Gray, whose hard winter training regime is starting to pay dividends.

Cox will now be focusing on the Northumberland Schools AA over the coming weeks, with high hopes of qualifying for the English National Finals to be held in Birmingham.

Another local athlete who figured strongly at earlston was Chirnside’s Archie Fuller, who gave a splendid account of himself in pulling off a superb double.

Ten-year-old Fuller won the youths’ 800m handicap as well as the Junior 90m handicap.

And Ben Reynolds also starred for Chirnside l by emerging a clear victor of the youths’ 1,600m handicap.

Kelso athlete Matthew Fleming won the 90m handicap on Earlston’s Haugh track.

Competing from a mark of 13.5m, the Tweedsider won his cross-tie in 9.59 seconds, earning him a final spot along with Amy Clancy of Peebles (15m), Darren Tomlinson of TLJT (10.5m), Graeme Armstrong of Edinburgh (14.5m) and Hawick pair Ryan Elliot (5.5m) and David Grieve (12m).

Fleming was a betting outsider for the last showdown, however, he was no outsider at the end of the sprint.

After getting off to a fine start, Fleming duly produced the goods to the full through a great run which saw him gain a thrilling photo-finish win in 9.84 seconds.

Sixteen-year-old Kobe Stevens of the Moorfoot Club (70m) took pride of place in the 800m handicap.

The Hawick David Rae/Che Campbell running school made its mark on the Earlston meeting, chalking up four victories.

Coach Rae led by example, coming out on top in the veterans’ 90m handicap. Amy Campbell (13m) gave a five-star show to win the junior 200m handicap.

Although beaten in his heat in the 200m handicap, Gordon McPherson (30m) ended up being the top performer of the event.

New Year sprint winner Dylan Ali also hoisted the winning flag for the Rae/Campbell stable in taking the 400m handicap in 49.81 seconds.