Brothers triumph at Selkirk Games

Chirnside Chasers were successful at Selkirk Games.
Chirnside Chasers were successful at Selkirk Games.

The Wright brothers were first to fly, James brothers rode in the Wild West, Reid brothers (Proclaimers) sang of Walking 500 Miles and last Saturday, Hawick’s Ali brothers raced to victories at Selkirk Games.

Dylan and Leon Ali got into the winning frames in the 110 metres and 200 metres handicaps respectively, to pull off a splendid family double.

For 19 year old Dylan it was his second big win in succession as six days earlier the Hawick Sprint Club athlete had top honours in the 110 metres handicap at Hawick Games.

Back marker for the Selkirk sprint, from a handicap of 3 metres Dylan booked himself a final spot by soaring home to win in his heat and cross tie in times of 11.54 and 11.71 seconds.

Facing Kelso pair John Fleming (10.5m) and David McKay (15.5m), plus home town hope Craig Bruce of Selkirk (10m), Greg Turnbull of TLJT (4.5m) and Hawick’s John Paxton (17m) in the last showdown, Dylan had a real race on his hands.

Following the drama of the final being brought to a halt due to the red flag being raised for an apparent false start, from which no pull was given, the Teri teenager produced an explosive run after matters had got underway for a second time and duly powered through the tape. Fleming emerging second and Turnbull third.

Coached by Che Campbell, Dylan was delighted with his win and said: “It’s just insane that I have managed to win another sprint.

“How good is that? I have been training hard with help from my coach and this has paid off. I felt really good in all of my races today and, with Leon also getting a win, it’s been a real family day.”

Prior to Dylan’s triumph, 22 year old Leon had given a tip top show when taking pride of place in the 200m.

Also from Hawick SC, Leon looked the part when winning his heat in 21.69 seconds from a mark of 18 metres. He then maintained his excellent running in the final. Fellow Hawick runners Kyle Potts (23m) and David Lauder (23m) gained the other places.

“I have came close before but it’s the first time I have won a final on the Border circuit and I have been running for five years,” said Leon.

“It’s been a long time in coming and I am really chuffed to have done it at last.”

Galashiels youngster Cameron Caldwell of TLJT hit the winning trail twice. With victories at Earlston and Hawick Games already under his belt this season, 15 year old Caldwell (1m) firstly came out on top in the youth’s A 90 metres. Competing from a mark of -2 metres, Caldwell then won the youth’s A 200 metres.

Emma Brus (27m), another promising young TLJT runner, impressed highly in winning the youth’s 90 metres B event, this being her third win of the term. Also starring for TLJT was Kacey Taitt (58m) who shone in winning the youth’s B 200 metres while Josh Abbot of Kelso (90m) ran well from start to finish to win the youth’s 800 metres.

The Open 800 metres produced a thrilling finish. Paul Bellingham of Cramlington (155m) headed the field in the home straight until being overtaken in the latter stages by Hawick’s Rory Anderson (50m) who produced a barn storming finish to snatch a fine victory.

First season campaigner, Bruce Hughes of Hawick (105m), who like Anderson is a member of the Alex Corbett running school, strode to victory in the 1600 metres.

Glyn Desport of Hawick (25m), who has made a big impact in the opening games meetings of the season, made it three in a row over 400m through a great run.