CRAIG KNOWLES (Corstorphine AC), the 7/2 favourite, grabbed the £3000 first prize in the Ortholink Open 110 metres handicap, the feature event of the successful third City of Edinburgh Running Festival at a sun-drenched Meggetland.
But, after dominating the earlier rounds – winning his heat from a start of eight metres in 11.62 secs and his cross-tie in the fastest time of the evening 11.62 secs – Knowles had to endure a long wait before the verdict of the photo-finish was announced in his favour.
Knowles was timed at 11.66 secs with Jasmine Tomlinson (Jedburgh), whom some thought had won, in second only a few thousandths behind.
Back-marker and scratch man Cameron Tindle (Edinburgh AC) did not disappoint, producing three quality runs on the diagonal grass track to win his heat in 11.90 secs and his cross-tie in a remarkable 11.78 secs.
In the final, the 17-year-old Berwick schoolboy just failed to catch the leaders but both he and coach Bruce Scott, who assists Henry Gray, were satisfied with his outing, his first since the British Under-20 Championships.
Tindle leaves on Friday for the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, where he will target the 200 metres.
Tomlinson may just have missed out on the top prize but there were plenty of other female firsts with Amy Clancy (Peebles 20.5m) taking the C’est Si Bon Women’s Invitation 110m handicap in 12.00 secs and Jenna Gillan (Jedburgh 50m) winning the Open 200m handicap.
Boroughmuir rugby player Gavin Welsh won the Sandy Jardine Memorial 300 metres in a rousing finish in 38.32 secs with va Hibs and Hearts players challenging hard.