It’s a long and winding road from Glenrothes to Morebattle but flying Fifer, Billy Martin was right on track on Saturday.
And it was the winning track at that.
For 26 year old Martin made the trip from the Kingdom of Fife to the Borders more than worthwhile in winning the 110 metres handicap at Morebattle Games in fine style.
Odds on betting favourite, Martin appeared to be the man to do the business in the final and he sure was as he blitzed to victory in 12.02 seconds ahead of Tommy Finkle in second and Hawick’s Jack Wilson third.
Wayne McIntosh Kelso (240m) got into the winning frame when triumphing in the 3,200 metres handicap.
Over the seasons Hawick’s Rory Anderson has made his mark as a top notch distance runner. On the pastures of the Tofts track he showed he was much more than that though when gaining pride of place in the one lap handicap.
Wallace McGowan Sauchie (115m) caught and overtook race leader Francis Cannon, Hawick (215m) down the home straight to take the 800 metres handicap with veteran Cannon emerging a creditable second.
John Thomson of Coaltown (190m) won the 1600 metres handicap with Kelso twosome Colin Welsh (50m) and Steven Black (170m) in second and third.
The one lap junior and youth’s one lap handicap conjured up very exciting racing.
In the junior event Sarah Davenport TLJT (32m) headed the field in the final only to be pipped at the post by Josh Abbot Kelso (5m) who had produced a barnstorming finish. The final of the youth’s race was a humdinger. Hawick’s Phillipa Robertson (27m) got a photo finish verdict over Anna Forsyth Leithenburn (38m) and Cameron Fisher Jed AC (27m).
Cameron Fowler, Eyemouth (11.5m) gave a splendid account of himself to win the junior 90 metres while 14-year-old Robbie Renwick, Peebles (3m) put on a five star show to take the youth’s equivalent.
Lethenburn’s Michael Smith (395m) won the youth’s 1600 metres handicap.