A year back Hawick’s Dylan Ali shone in the sunshine when winning the 110 metres handicap at Selkirk Games.
Twelve months on it was dejavu time. The sun was out again and Ali continued to shine in giving a top notch show to win the Selkirk sprint for a second time in a row.
Beaten in a photo finish by the closest of the margins in the Hawick Games 110 metres handicap the previous week, Ali showed he was a man on a mission in his heat when blitzing to victory in 11.88 seconds from a back mark place of 3.5 metres.
The Hawick Sprint Club runner followed this up with a cross tie triumph in 11.79 seconds. This victory earned him a place in the final and it was a final that was a real Hawick affair.
For former New Year Sprint winner Ali found himself lining up against his elder brother Leon Ali (10.5m), Craig Bruce of Selkirk (10m) who both belong to Hawick Sprint Club plus Hawick’s own Jack Wilson (14m), Corey Wilson (13.5m), David Lauder (16m) and Glyn Desport (9.5m).
It was Dylan Ali who hoisted the winning flag for Hawick though with a barnstorming run from gun to tape to gain a photo finish win in 11.74 seconds. Leon Ali came in a place behind his brother with Desport emerging third.
There was a great Berwickshire success too as young Chirnside Chaser Rory Williams ran very well to take victory the youth’s 800 metres handicap.
Rory passed his team mate Harry Fuller on the home straight with Harry finishing in second place.
Fellow Chirnside Chasers Josh Abbott, Daniel Ross, Kyle Taylor, Jamie Kinghorn, Archie Fuller and Keira McGregor - who was making her debut at the games - also ran in the 800m but didn’t quite make the places.
In the 90m the only Chirnside Chaser Chaser to get through to a final was Robert Derries. After a fantastic heat win he went on to claim sixth in the final. Harris Ross also ran superbly but the older runners were just too fast for him.
In the 200m Archie Fuller won his heat and then went on to claim second in the Junior final. Harris, Daniel, Kyle and Robert did not quite make it through. Jamie Kinghorn, Rory and Harry all ran in the same heat for the 200m with only Jamie making it through. Josh was third in heat two just missing out on the final.
Jamie went on to claim fourth in the 200m final. Another successful day for the Chasers youngsters.
Kobe Stevens of Moorfoot (25m) gave an excellent account of himself to take pride of place in the 800 metres handicap.
Lasswade’s Smith was second and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (50m) third.
In form Rory Anderson of Hawick (35m) chalked up his fifth win of the season by emerging victorious in the 1600 metres handicap in 4 minutes 33.16 seconds.
The 400 metres handicap brought about an exciting finish which saw Wallace McGowan of Sauchie (58m) and Andrew Thomson of Jed AC (33m) edge past race leader David Hush of Hawick in the closing stages. McGowan was the victor in 50.13 seconds.
Graeme Armstrong of Edinburgh (39m) followed up his Hawick Games sprint win by doing the business in the 200 metres handicap. Armstrong won the final in 21.98 seconds.
Competing off 15 metres, Angus Johnstone of TLJT emerged an impressive winner of the novice sprint 110 metres handicap. Johnstone was the first of what was to be five winners for the Tweed Leader Jed Track Club.
Samantha Dagg notched two of these victories in pulling out the stops to take the youths ‘B’ races 90 and 200 metres handicap in great style.
Molly Paterson who excelled in winning the youths 200 metres handicap at Hawick Games, produced the goods again in coming out on top in the youths 90 metres ‘A’ race.
Thirteen-year-old Leah Ainslie also gave a five star show when getting into the winning frame in the youths ‘A’ race 200 metres handicap.