Roy of the races

5th July 2014

Jambos youth striker leaves rivals trailing as he scoops first place in Sandy Jardine Memorial Race.

Hearts starlet Alistair Roy put his best foot forward last night as he celebrated winning the Sandy Jardine Memorial Race against rivals from Hibs and Rangers.

17-year-old Alistair, a summer acquisition from Stirling Albion, took part in the Meggetland race - part of the City of Edinburgh Running Festival.

The 300m dash was held in honour of Hearts and Rangers legend Sandy, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Running in club colours, Alistair blew away the competition, landing himself the Sandy Jardine Memorial Trophy and a prize of £250.

Speaking to Hearts News, assistant Football Academy director John Cockerell said: "Alistair did great. He was a bag of nerves beforehand and was up against nine other competitors, including players from Hibs, Rangers, Spartans and some Rugby lads.

"He'd never run 300 metres before, but by the final bend he was a good 35 yards ahead of everyone else.

"He turned to look over his shoulder at the home straight - he was that far ahead - and almost fell! But he regained his composure and finished streets ahead of the rest.

"It was frightening how quick he was. He was absolutely brilliant and there was a big crowd there to cheer them all on.

"It was great to see everyone turn out from their respective clubs and it was a fitting tribute to Sandy Jardine."