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£3,000 Jed-Forest Sprint on this weekend & RESULTS

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The 2012 JedForest Sprint is on this Saturday in Jedburgh (about 75kms south of Edinburgh). The race is over 120 yards and this year's total prizemoney is £3,000 (A$4,500). It is the most prestigious of the Scottish Games events - whether it be Border or Highland Games.

The games themselves date back to 1853 while the Jedforest Sprint (according to the official record) came into existence in the form of 150 handicap race in 1871, so it pre-dates Stawell by 7 years.

There have been 130 Jedforest Sprints with the most famous winner being USA's Barney Ewell who won the Sprint in 1950, running 11.37s from scratch for the 120 yards and earning the athlete of the meet title.

This year marks the 50 year anniversary of Dave Walker's brilliant win off 4 yards (11.35secs) in 1962. The Jim Bradley trained Walker won the Sprint and the British 120 yards title on the same day, running four times on the 120 yard track.

In 1995 a 23 year old Welshman Kevin Williams repeated Walker's amazing effort by also winning the main handicap race - the Jedforest Sprint and the Invitation backmarker's race. Williams won the Sprint from only ½ yard, running 11.40secs.

While he didn't win the Sprint, at Jedburgh Border Games in 1965, Ricky Dunbar broke the British All-Comers record for 120 Yards when he was timed at 11.34 seconds. Dunbar's performance was two hundredths better than that set by Barney Ewell in 1950. Dunbar received a gold medal for the most meritorious performance of the day.

There have been a few multiple winners but the last one to win consecutive titles was Willie Rutherford who won off 8 yards (11.50s) in 1967 before returning in 1968 to win off 4 yards (11.87s). Rutherford was trained by Jim Bradley.

Three times there has been a dead-heat, 1889, 1928 and 2007.



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Athletes bid for glory at Jed Sprint

By John Slorance
Southern Reporter
Published on Thursday 12 July 2012



John Steede. Pro running school.

THE whispers have been circulating for a while, writes John Slorance.

Come late Saturday afternoon, however, they will have stopped. All the talking about who is going to win the prestigious Jedburgh Games 110m handicap will be finished.

Instead, an athlete will be shouting from the rooftops to tell one and all that they had lifted the biggest purse on the summer open athletic season by far.

For the Jed-Forest sprint is worth £3,000, plus all the glory that goes along with it.

Jedburgh itself has produced a crop of sprint winners this season.

Another could well be added to this list as the forthcoming Riverside Park meeting has several Jed sprinters in with a good chance of tasting glory on their home track.

Although yet to break the tape in a final recently, Seb Harrison (4m), Iskan Barskanmay (4m), Cameron Grieve (8m) and Darren Tomlinson (12m) from Jed AC could be there or thereabouts.

Earlston Games winner Luke Lowther (17m) and Peebles Beltane Sports 110m victor Scott Richardson (6m), who are also from the Jed AC/Brian ‘Chico’ Woods camp, are also liable to show up well.

TLJT men, Craig Grieve (3m), Greg Turnbull (0.5m), Darrin Scott (7m) and Paul Ferguson (7.5m) could make their mark for the Burgh town as well.

The sprint, however, is a wide-open affair and anything could happen.

Amongst those worth keeping an eye on are Martyn Paterson of Clackmanan (3m), Sean Harris of Edinburgh (4.5m), Steven Charters of Dolphinton (3m) and Dylan Ali of Hawick (8m). Back marker for the event is Craig Fleming of Belgrave AC, who runs from scratch.

With £50 up for grabs for heat winners, the sprint has all the makings of conjuring up some exciting running.

Former Jed sprint winner John Steede will not be joining the 74 runners who have signed up for the main event, but is looking to his athletes to challenge the main contenders.

“Top athletes from all over the country come down to Jed for the sprint, not only for the prize money, but because it is such a historic race.

“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than seeing a local runner take the prize.”

The remainder of the Jedburgh card fits into the same mould.

A Border Athletic 100m championship and senior, junior and youths’ events. You name it, and it’s going to be happening.

The games commence at 10.30am and close at noon for a break.

The meeting then resumes at 1.30pm when the games will be opened by Jedburgh man Dougie Young, who boxed for Great Britain in the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles.

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The 2012 Jedforest Sprint was won by former Scottish youth sprint champion Keiran Kivlin. 17 year old Kivlin was fifth in the New Year Sprint back in December.

Kivlin ran a 100m PB of 11.19 as a 15 year old in June 2010. In 2009 he was ranked sixth on the UK U/15 100m rankings with a best time as a 14 year old of 11.27.

His best time so far in 2012 is 11.29 at the Scottish Schools championships on the 8th June.

Kivlin is a member of the Edinburgh Athletic Club and is coached by Keith Ridley.


JEDBURGH RESULTS - 14th July 2012.

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