Hearts and Hibs to race for Jardine Memorial Trophy

Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly presents Sandy Jardine with the Scottish Footballer of the Year trophy in May 1975.
Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly presents Sandy Jardine with the Scottish Footballer of the Year trophy in May 1975.
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Hibs and Hearts will go head-to-head on the running track tomorrow night aiming to win the Sandy Jardine Memorial Trophy.

The 300 metre race is included in the second City of Edinburgh Running Festival, which will be staged at Meggetland with runners competing for more than £8000 in prize money.

Although Jardine, who twice won the Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year award, was best known as a top player for Rangers, Hearts and Scotland – but died in April following a battle against cancer – he was also a familiar figure on the professional sprint circuit.

In addition to Ben Stirling and Alistair Roy running for Hibs and Hearts respectively, representatives from Rangers, Spartans, Bonnyrigg Rose along with rugby clubs Boroughmuir, Jed-Forest, Lasswade, Preston Lodge and Gala will also be competing in his memory.

The race is just one of 20 in a packed programme which starts at 6.15pm

Ryan Oswald, Scotland’s fastest sprinter, will be the scratch man in the Ortholink-sponsored 110m, the main event, which carries a £3000 first prize. Local star Josh Kerr is the back marker for the £1000 first prize in the Evans Halshaw-backed 800m