Selkirk athlete Colin Bruce turned on the heat at Langholm Games on Friday to take the 90 metres Sprint title along with it’s bumper £1,000 first prize.
Fifty year old Bruce, who has his own running school which is based in Hawick, looked the part when surging home in his heat in 10.04 seconds from a mark of 13 metres.
He followed this up with a cross tie triumph in 9.98 seconds which earned him a final spot along with Jed AC pair Martha Douglas (19m), Scott Richardson (8.5m) and Hawick twosome David Hush (20m), David Lauder (12.5m) plus Cameron Grieve of TLJT (8m).
There was nothing to choose between the six finalists in the way of times and it looked anybody’s race.
A twice winner of the Selkirk Games sprint as well as a twice winner of the Jedburgh Games sprint, Bruce got off to a perfect start and hit full throttle down the track to break the tape in 10.04 seconds.
Hush emerged second and Lauder third.
Prior to Bruce’s success Berwick flyer Cameron Tindle had burned up the Castleholm track in giving a blistering display when winning the Border Athletics 90 metres sprint championship in 10.03 seconds.
Jordan Taylor of Hawick (55m) excelled in winning the 800 metres handicap in 2 minutes 20.59 seconds.
In form Rory Anderson (40m) made it a double for the Corbett camp when coming out on top in the 1600 metres handicap in 4 minutes 49.08 seconds.
Council bin man Drew Bryson of Hawick cleaned up the opposition in the 200 metres handicap in 22.44 seconds.
Wallace McGowan of Sauchie (55m) who chalks up the miles in hitting the road to Border Games meetings during the season, chalked up a win in the 400 metres handicap with a winning time of 1 minute 51.21 seconds.
Youngsters from Jed AC stole the show in the youth’s events with an excellent hat trick of wins. Aimee Cardwell (21m) did the business in the youth’s 90 metres handicap while Olivia Rodden triumphed in the youth’s 800 metres handicap. Jack Amos (140m) also did coach Brian ‘Chico’ Woods proud with a victory in the youth’s 1600 metres handicap which was his fifth of the season.
Making her games debut, Longtown’s Mollie Kettrick (16m) won the junior 90 metres handicap.
Victory in the youth’s 200 metres handicap went the way of stylish Carlisle girl runner Megan Busby (24m).
Scotland under 18 rugby internationalist Darcy Graham of Hawick hit the high spots when soaring to a win in the High Jump.