It is a sight that is always thrilling and exciting to see on the open athletic scene, the sight of an athlete competing from scratch, racing from the back to get themselves into the winning frame.
And this pleasure was for all to see at Jedburgh Games, not just once, but twice.
For Berwick’s Cameron Tindle and Hawick’s Dylan Ali both achieved this on the Riverside Park track, through five star shows.
Representing the Tweed Leader Jed Track club, Tindle gained his splendid scratch triumph in the main event of the day, the 110 metres handicap which had a winning prize of £3,000.
Prior to this however, the Berwick teenager had already nailed his colours to the mast when sailing to a highly convincing win in the 100 metres sprint championship. With all runners bidding for title glory from scratch, Tindle clocked up a winning time of 10.90.
Coached by Bruce Scott and Henry Gray, Tindle then switched his sights to the sprint handicap. The 18 year old flyer surged to a heat win in 11.53 seconds before earning a final place through a cross tie victory in 11.69 seconds.
Lining up against Hawick Sprint Club pair Leon Ali (10.5m) and Craig Bruce (10.5m) as well as Connor Gillan of Kelso (8.5m), Cameron Grieve of TLJT (10m) and Corey Wilson of Hawick (13.5m), Tindle had a lot of running to do to gain the honours in the final.
Recently selected for the British side that is going to be competing in World Junior Championships, Tindle however did just this in full stride. Thanks to a phenomenal piece of sprinting that had the Riverside Park crowd buzzing, Tindle stormed through the tape in 11.31 seconds which was the quickest time of the event. Bruce gained second place and Ali third.
Former New Year sprint winner Tindle said of his Jedburgh triumph, “I am just thrilled to have won a race as big as this.
“I have been focussing on 200 metres recently and wasn’t sure how I would do in the sprint.Things went great for me in my heat and cross tie but the final was anybody’s as I knew I had a great deal to do to catch the guys in front of me. About 40 metres from the finish I felt I was going to do it as I had put my running in”.
Dylan Ali of Hawick Sprint Club chalked up his scratch win in the 400 metres handicap. Looking the part from the gun, Ali powered home on a rain soaked track in 49.80 seconds.
Ali’s winning day was not quite finished though. Running from a mark of 2 metres, he pulled out the stops again in the 100 metres invitation sprint handicap in 10.95 seconds.
Jedburgh’s own Jack Amos also recorded an excellent double. The 15-year-old did himself and the town proud when coming out on top in the 800 metres and 1500 metres youth’s handicap. Coached by Brian ‘Chico’ Woods, long striding Amos (75m) firstly delighted the home support when emerging a convincing victor of the half mile in 2 minutes 00.21 seconds. In the mile Amos starred again by crossing the winning line in 4 minutes 31.58 seconds.
Notching up doubles on his home town turf is nothing new to Amos though.
“That’s the third time in three years that I have managed to win the same two races at the Jed Games and I am really chuffed,” he said.
Border youngsters more than made their mark in the many youth’s events on a full card. Aidan Bambrick and Brodie Cowan did the business for Jed AC while Leah Ainslie and Molly McPherson gained wins for TLJT. Keeley Womack of Lilliesleaf was also a winner as was Kelso’s Ben Lyall.