Sporting digest October 15


Run 2 Remember

The People’s Run 2 Remember (formerly the Poppy Run) is coming to Berwick on Sunday, November 8, at 2pm.

This 5k Fun Run, hosted by Tweed Striders, with its motto of Run To Give for Those Who Gave, is part of a national series of runs to raise funds for well-deserving charities which support military personnel and their families.

It is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities. Entry is online at ... but hurry as entries will close on October 18.

Wooler Running Club

Seven members of Wooler Running Club travelled to Aviemore for the 10km and half marathon events on Sunday.

It was a wonderful, well organised event in beautiful surroundings and a big turnout.

Wooler runners did well and were supported by an injured Simon Curry, who was at the finish to meet them all.

10km results were: Victoria Curry in 47.27 and Claire Riddell in 51.40 – both had to drop down to the 10km as they had a few niggling injuries.

The rest did the half marathon: Pam Brown 1.42; Michael Rathbone 1.50; Donald Pearsons 1.56; Caroline Armstrong 1.58 and Charlotte Dodds 2.02.

All the runners were pleased with their times and results and had a great trip in Scotland.


Tillside League

Result: Kelso 447, Tillmouth 378 – G. Brown 72, D. Tait 125; J. Morton 125, N. Gibb 104; J. Green 125, W. Woodcock 71; M. Turnbull 125, K. Gladstone 78.


Berwick results

Last week’s results were as follows:

Royal Bank - 1. Terry Harris and David Elder, 2. Sandy Moor and Gary Ellis, 3. Tony Houghton and Brian Griffiths, 4. Colin Edney and Reg Drysdale, 5. Nigel Marlow and Anne Horne.

Pearson Pot - N/S 1. Rita McCreath and Joan Tait, 2. Christopher Smith and Mary Birtwhistle, 3. Brian Thomas and Terry Harris. E/W 1. Susan Smith and David King, 2. Colin Edney and Perry Vassie, 3. Trish Frew and Jane Smithson.


World Grand Prix

Ian White produced one of the finest displays of his career to knock Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson out of the World Grand Prix in Dublin.

Stoke star White defied an amazing 11 180s from Anderson in their four-set second round with eight maximums, but more importantly he out-doubled the world champion in both starting and finishing to claim the 3-1 win.

White won the game’s opening set 3-1 before Anderson took the second 3-2 in a high-quality set which featured seven 180s and two 160 starts from the number two seed.

The third set, despite five more maximums from Anderson, went to White 3-2 as the Stoke thrower followed up a 105 finish in leg three by taking the decider on tops to move 2-1 up in the contest.

Anderson battled to force a deciding set by sharing the opening four legs of set four, but crucially missed two darts at tops to allow White to hit the same bed and seal his win.


Darts results from Monday, October 12: Horn Ladies 0-11 Whip & Saddle A; Whip & Saddle B 6-5 White Swan A; Black Bull 6-5 Radicals; White Swan B 7-4 Horn Men. 180s: D. Richardson (Radicals). 17-darter: D Hall (Radicals).


Duns signing

Dingers manager Carl Hudson added to his squad last week when he signed midfielder Kieran Bullen.

The two were previously together at Eyemouth United for one season before Kieran went to Stirling University where he played for a year. Previously to all that he turned out for Berwick Juniors.

Bullen made his club debut at Heriot Watt as a trialist then last Saturday as a signed player in the home victory over the same team.

Junior Cup draw

Dunbar United were handed a home tie against Irvine Meadow in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup on October 24 when the draw was made on Tuesday.


Dunbar Rotary

At a recent meeting of Dunbar Rotary Club, members welcomed two young golfers who had represented the town at the annual Rotary District Young Golfers Competition, held at Lockerbie during the summer.

The pair, Alastair Fell and Jamie Chapman, who are both junior members of Dunbar Golf Club, had been placed in both the handicap and team scratch categories.

In presenting the youngsters with their trophies, club president Dr Judy Greenwood said: “Once again the talents of our well-coached junior members of Dunbar Golf Club have brought recognition and honour to the town.

“On behalf of the club I congratulate both of them.”

Also at the meeting, members heard that a total of £500 had been raised at the club’s coffee morning held at the end of September in aid of MacMillan Nurses.

President Judy thanked those who had supported the event and in particular, Dunbar Sailing Club who had offered the venue.

Other donations agreed by club members at the meeting included £500 to the local Christmas lights group, £1,000 to Mary’s Meals and the same amount to Edinburgh Direct Aid who are actively engaged in providing educational support to Syrian refugees located in temporary camps in Lebanon.

Club matters then turned to future events and plans for the annual charity shop were discussed.

Organising convenor, Wendy Badger, confirmed that the event will be held over two weeks from Monday, October 19, when donations will be welcome before the official opening for sales on Saturday, October 24. The final day will be a week later and the shop, at 130 High Street (former Smiths Bakers), will be manned between 10am and 3pm each day.



KYDS Participation hockey centre for Primaries 4-7 started recently at Duns.

This was a new venture this year for the club and the numbers have grown each week. Currently there are 30 youngsters taking part.

Last Sunday saw them go across to Earlston to play in their first Festival. They had great fun and really enjoyed the experience putting into practice their new skills.

Coach Julie Abbott was delighted that they had fun and the chance to play other teams (eight teams took part). Training is at Duns on Tuesdays, 4.15-5.30pm. Cost £1 (no training over holidays).



Unfortunately, due to injuries, and with other players heading off to watch the Scotland v Samoa game in Newcastle, Duns had to call last weekend’s game against Earlston off, but the men at the Haugh would like to send a big thank-you to Forresters RFC for coming down to play them.

Try scorers were S. Bell, L. Martin, C. McNeil and C. Bruce.

K. Rowley kicked two penalties and a conversion to give Earlston another good 28-25 win, as well as giving some boys, that haven’t played much, some valuable game time.

Being able to play a game keeps Earlston’s momentum going into the big game this Saturday against Gala YM.

The boys will be putting in the effort at training again this week and they will be firing on all cylinders.



Children and adults are to be being given a taste of the Parkour phenomenon through a series of workshops at the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure.

The growing urban sport involves physical movement including running, jumping, and swinging using the built environment as an outdoor gym.

The sessions, hosted by Access Parkour coaches, will use specially constructed scaffolding and a variety of games and challenges to teach some of the basic movements of the sport, including safe landing skills, swinging and vaulting.

The workshops will take place over four Sundays, starting on October 25, with different time-slots for children, young people and adults.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “We have held Parkour sessions in Peebles and it was exceptionally popular. We are always looking at innovative ways to encourage people to get more active and Parkour is a different approach.

“It is fun, physical and non-competitive, and works to improve movement, mobility and strength in a highly enjoyable and yet demanding way.”

For more information on session dates and times, or to book visit or contact Borders Sport and Leisure on 01896 661150.



Rugby and hockey festivals for Berwickshire’s primary schools were held at Berwickshire High School.

Around 100 pupils from P6/7 attended the hockey festival and around 100 P5 pupils attended the rugby festival. The primary schools that attended were: Duns, Chirnside, Swinton, Greenlaw and Eccles-Leitholm.

The rugby festival was run by Robert Grigg, the Berwickshire rugby development officer, with the help of senior pupils, Duns Rugby Club volunteers and school staff. The pupils moved around various stations for drills, skills and mini games.

The hockey festival was run by active school, senior pupils and school staff. All the pupils were put into teams (there were 15 teams in total). The teams all played round-robin matches of mini hockey.

It was a great fun day of hockey and rugby in fine weather. The pupils all threw themselves into their games and sessions, smiling through out, showing effort, determination and sportsmanship.

Sport Relief

BBC Two has commissioned Zeppotron, part of Endemol Shine Group, to produce Let’s Play Darts for Sport Relief.

Hosted by Gabby Logan, the biggest names in the world of darts join forces with the nation’s favourite comedians and celebrities for a special pro-celebrity darts tournament – all in aid of Sport Relief

Filming takes place this November at Lakeside Frimley Green – the home of world darts:

Tickets for the event are available via – over 18s only. All net proceeds from ticket sales will go to Sport Relief (after VAT and admin fees) and will be spent giving extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged people a helping hand to turn their lives around. Half is used to make a difference, right here at home, in the United Kingdom. The other half goes towards transforming lives across the world’s poorest communities.

Stock Car Racing

Cowdenbeath Racewall

There was plenty of action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on a dry Saturday night to keep the fans happy as the season begins to draw to a close.

In the formula IIs the new World Champion Kelvyn Marshall paid his first visit to the Racewall since he won the title at Hednesford, but had to take a back seat as Gordon Moodie dominated the racing. Daniel Scrimgeour won the final of the white/yellow challenge series whilst Brian Hogg Jnr won the Grand National and in doing so won his first race.

Brian was using his brother John’s car and it’s yet to be seen if he is going to give it back.

In the challenge for the National Points race, Chris Burgoyne suffered crash damage whilst George MacMillan Jnr was down at Skegness where he outscored Burgoyne to increase the gap to points.

In the saloons Danny Colliver was joined by fellow long distance traveller Deane Mayes whilst Graeme Shevill was having his first meeting since his suspension expired.

There were four visitors from south of the border in the MiccroF2s where Lewis Burgoyne won two of the races.

The formula II action was fast with plenty of close racing and one or two shocks along the way which left a few drivers sidelined. Local interest centred around Brian Hogg Jnr (Berwick).

The first race of the night was the final of the white/yellow challenge series which saw the drivers line up in their grades but with the top scores to the front.

Hogg Jnr led the field away but was forced wide and dropped to third. In the end third is where he finished.

In heat one Hogg Jnr finished in third but was caught on an oil slick on the slow-down lap and crashed out. Brian wasn’t back out until the Grand National and when the race started he went straight into the lead.

Despite the gap closing, Hogg Jnr held on to record his first win.

This Saturday the BriSCA formula IIs are contesting their RS Motorsport sponsored Dash for the Cash with a healthy field of cars having qualified for the race whilst the saloons have their white/yellow challenge final to contest. The National Hot Rods are racing for World Championship qualifying points and they will be ably backed up by the ministox.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6pm as usual.