Edinburgh's Kieran Kivlin will run from scratch in the Youth's Open 90 metres Handicap to be run at Musselburgh Racecourse on Hogmany as one of the supporting events to the 142nd New Year Sprint.
Kivlin who is currently ranked number two in both the 100 metres and 200 metres under-17 Scottish rankings will have to give away starts of up to 25.5 metres.
He will run in heat one where he will come up against last years winner Jessie Concannon from the Dunfermline West Fife Cub, last year the Fifer won off 20.5 metres but on this occasion will start from the 16 metres mark.
Eight heats will be run with only the winners progressing to the final.
The Open 90 metres Handicap will be run off in ten heats with the first four of them comprising the veterans sprint, backmarker in the vets category is Colin Bruce 10 metres who finished in fourth place in last years New Year Sprint.
Greg Turnbull Jedburgh runner up in the big sprint 12 month's ago is the backmarker off 4.5 metres in the Open 90m. Gemma Nicol, DWF goes from the 14.5 metres mark.
For the first time ever 60 metres races for both Open and Youth competitors will be run, and as expected with it being over the shorter distance the handicaps will be tight.
The backmarkers in each of the four heats of the Open 60m are Iskan Barskanmay Jedburgh scr, Francis Smith, Shaftesbury 0.25m, Thomas Daffrun,Shettleston 0.50m and Craig Grieve TLJT 1.5M
The Youth's 60 metres will have limited handicaps and have been split into two age groups. 10 up to under-13, and 13 up to under-16, Kieran Kivlin is once again the scratch runner in the latter.
Jacob[u-13] and Cameron Lineen[u-16] sons of rugby great Sean Lineen will also contest the two races, both ran on the Highland Games circuit with some success in the summer.
Published: 2010-12-09 09:10:46