Royal Burgh baton bearers

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Local rugby stalwart Jake Wheelans is among 16 people who will each run a section of the Queen’s Baton Relay through Selkirk ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

All of the 120 Borders baton bearers will be running in towns across the region on day five – Wednesday, June 18 – of the baton relay.

The other Royal Burgh runners are Lee Jones, Craig Hunter, Allan McGee, Bethany Ellis, Sophie Collins, David Hunter, Linda Nicholson, William Main, Dorothy Malkin, John Knox, Kay McColm, Emily Newlands, Helen Rodger, Susan Stewart and Alan Stewart.

The baton will be carried through Selkirk, starting at 2.25pm in Ettrickhaugh Road, then going via Selkirk Rugby Club, Linglie Road, Yarrow Terrace, Heatherlie Terrace, The Green, West Port, Market Place, Tower Street and ending in Hillside Terrace at approximately 3.10pm.

The Queen’s Baton Relay returns to Scotland on June 14, when it crosses the border at Coldstream after a momentous 248-day global journey through the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

A total of 4,000 baton bearers will cover more than 4,000km around Scotland in the final 40 days before the Queen officially opens the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

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