Welcome to this year’s 17th Annual Steve ‘Hizzy’ Hislop Memorial Run.
For those of you new to the Run, it was initially started to raise funds for the two bronze statues now erected in Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick and Onchan Head, Douglas, Isle of Man in 2005. The runs were so popular that it was decided to continue with them, and they now are used to raise funds for local charities each year through raffles, auctions and sale of the annual run stickers.
This year celebrates 30 years since Steve rode into the history books in 1989 as the first rider to lap at over 120mph and there will be a celebration of this in the Isle of Man on this very day.
This year it was decided to split any funds raised between New Horizons Borders, which is a drop-in facility in many Borders towns (Gala, Hawick, Selkirk, Duns, Eyemouth and Kelso). It was founded in 1993 and helps people deal with mental health issues on an informal basis and, among many other things, play an active role in contributing to the planning of mental health services in the Borders.
Also, First Light Trust, supporting veterans locally. They support all those who served in the emergency services and armed forces and their families. Some of the things they can sort out include housing, making sure you have the right benefits, allowances and pensions, getting the right medical treatment, sorting out debt problems, rehabilitation and support for drug and alcohol problems, volunteering work, writing CVs and getting you back to work. Many of us are veterans, so we know what it’s like trying to adjust to civilian life.
The coveted Marshals Choice of Machine Trophy, auction and raffle will take place on Denholm Green where the run finishes. Refreshments will be available in the Green before and after the run.