Cox runs off with youths’ 1600m race

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Nathan Cox of Berwick, who runs for Morpeth Harriers and is coached by Henry Grey, travelled to a sunny Victoria Park in Innerleithen to compete in the St Ronans Border Games on Saturday.

Cox ran in the Youths 1600m at a hot and sunny Victoria Park where he started as back marker from scratch with the next competitor running from 110m,

The packed crowd got to see a fantastically timed race from Cox, who shot off with ease from the lead runners with 150m of the race left to comfortable gain his third victory in this distance this season.

This impressive run from the youngster earned him the coveted performance of the day award.

After the race Cox said: “It felt good, My time today was three seconds quicker than my time from the 1600m at Edinburgh two weeks ago, so it shows that the intense training is paying off.”

Coach Gray added: “It was one of the finest youth performances ever seen in a borders middle distance race running from the back marker off scratch.”

Hawick athlete, David Hush proved that silence was golden when winning the top event on the card, the 110m handicap.

A beaten finalist at Jedburgh Games, the previous week, Hush showed he was in with a shout of doing something special when roaring home in his heat in 11.56 seconds

Competing from a mark of 22 metres the 51-year-old, a member of the Billy Edgar school, then earned himself a final place with an impressive cross tie victory in 11.40 seconds, earning himself a showdown with stable companion David Grieve (14m), Graeme Armstrong of Edinburgh (16.5m), TLJT’s Tommy Finkle (12m), Innerleithen’s own Sean Grant (10m) plus Robbie Shirra-Gibb of St Boswells (7.5m).

In the final Hush delivered the goods to the full yet again, in surging through the tape in 11.46 seconds.

The other placings going the way of Armstrong and Grieve.

Adam Craig of TLJT produced some good running to take the 800 metres handicap.

Hawick’s Francis Cannon (210m) led the field as the bell sounded for the last lap, with home town men Dean Whiteford of Innerleithen (75m) and Craig (55m) in hot pursuit. Garden centre worker Craig began to blossom and by the end of the race had reached full bloom to emerge victorious. Whiteford finishing second and Reece Taylor of Hawick (70m) third.

In the 200 metres handicap it was the stylish young Mhairi Henderson of TLJT (48m) who took the honours.

Henderson, who won at Burntisland Games earlier in the week, did the business again with a splendid run from start to finish to gain the honours ahead of Amy Clancy of Peebles (90m) and Euan Pettigrew of Kelso (26m).

Sixteen year old Megan Shiel also shone for the ladies in hitting her best form of the season to come out on top in the invitation 110 metres handicap. John Thomson of Coaltown emerged a clear cut victor of the 1600 metres handicap and, running under the banner of Gala Harriers,

In the junior 90 metres handicap, 12-year-old Shannon Taitt of TLJT (9.5m) blitzed to a fine victory and Anna Forsyth of Leithenburn (17.5m) took the youths title.

Amy Campbell of Hawick (20m) was narrowly beaten in her heat of the junior 200m event to qualify as a fastest loser but came out with a vengeance in the final to take the honours while Chirnside Chaser Jamie Kinghorn finished in a creditable third place.

Palmer is coached by Billy Edgar, who had four winners overall on the day.

Craig Angus of Leithenburn (160m) was an excellent winner of the 800m handicap for the American Cup.