South Scotland

Steve Hislop death 10th anniversary marked

Steve Hislop
Image caption Steve Hislop was twice British superbike champion

Hundreds of motorcyclists are set to turn out to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Steve Hislop.

The annual run through his native Borders will take on extra significance by visiting places with a special connection to the biking legend.

The bikers will leave Denholm at 10:30, head to the Scotland-England border and return to his home village at 14:30.

Hislop was killed when his helicopter crashed near Teviothead in July 2003 - he was aged 41 at the time.

Hizzy Run organiser Wendy Oliver said: "This route is poignant as it's the 10th anniversary of the accident and we will be travelling on some of Steven's favourite roads.

"We will pass his father Sandy's joinery workshop at Southdean, the cemetery where Sandy, Steve and his brother Garry are buried, the Hislop family home and through Bonchester Bridge where Steven and Garry and their mother Margaret ran the pub, finishing in Denholm where he lived and worked.

"Some of the best spectator places this year, not including Hawick High Street, have got to be seeing us come over the Carter Bar, Bonchester Heights or the straight at Ashybank."

Hislop was twice British superbike champion and one of the most successful riders in the history of the Isle of Man TT races.

He was also inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in March 2010.

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