JEDBURGH'S Jazmine Tomlinson ran herself into the history books on Friday by becoming the first ever woman to win of the New Year Sprint.

The 18-year-old Borders College student won the 147th running of the race on the dip from Cardrona's Ryan Houten and Keiran Reilly of Laswade.

After an agonising wait for the result to be announced in front of 5,400 crowd at Musselburgh Racecourse, a delighted Jazmine told us: "It was a really close finish but it was a great feeling to win in front of more than 5,000 people - it's by far the biggest crowd I've raced for.

"It's a great venue too and a brilliant atmosphere.

"There won't be too many celebrations as I don't drink but it's amazing to be the first girl to win this as everyone wants to win the New Year Sprint."

Jordan Charters from Dolphinton finished fourth with Selkirk's Craig Bruce inches further back in sixth.

Defending champion Cameron Tindle reached the final but the teenager crossed the line in eighth from the back mark of two metres.

Race promoter Frank Hanlon was delighted with Jazmine's victory. He said: “We have been waiting for about the last 15 years for a female winner and it was only a matter of time before the men’s hold on this historic race was shattered.

"With a record crowd at Musselburgh Racecourse, Jazmine couldn’t have picked a better time to enter the history books.”

The heats and finals of the supporting events were staged at nearby Meadowmill athletics track two days earlier.

There was joy for evergreen Hawick sprinter Davie Rae who won veterans 90 metres.

Colin Bruce of Selkirk finished a close up fourth in the final.

The open 90 metres was won by Lasswade's Keiran Reilly, who went on to finish third in the main sprint.

And the invitation sprint was won by Scottish champion Cameron Tindle.

West Linton's Dominic O'Hare narrowly failed to catch long-time leader Cal McLennan in the Open 800 metres.

But there was joy for Peeblesshire a short time later as Kobe Stevens triumphed in the 1600 metres from William Bates.

Edinburgh's Rebecca Griecve completed a memorable double in the youths sprints by winning both the 90 metres and 60 metres finals.

Leithenburn's Sam Archibald ran well to finish runner-up in the 90 metres.