BORDERS middle-distance athlete Chris O'Hare regained his British 1500 metres title at the weekend.

And his stunning victory on the Birmingham track secures the 26-year-old's place in Team GB for next month's World Championships.

In a thrilling final the former Peebles High School pupil burst to the front with 200 metres to go.

Despite challenges from his fellow Edinburgh AC team-mates Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman it was O'Hare who maintained his five metres lead to the line.

Remarkably Scotland also claimed fourth place with Glasgow's Neil Gourley beating former champion Charlie Grice in the sprint finish.

Following the victory, Chris revealed he was lucky to have made the starting line.

He said: "Warming up was scary. I spent most of it on the physio bed just trying to not have my hamstring cramp up on me when I do a stride, so that was worrying and I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to start and even at the start I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to finish.

"But thankfully it was slow and I could just focus on keeping my knee drive up and not working my hamstrings up all that much.

"Then, with 300 to go I just thought ‘This is training now, I’ve just got to get it done’.

"It was sore in the last 100 but not sore enough.”

Both O'Hare and Kerr will line up for Team GB in London with a discretionary third-place.

Guy Learmonth ran himself into contention for a Team GB place as well after finishing second in the 800 metres.

The 25-year-old from Berwick, who is coached by Henry Gray in Eyemouth, finished second behind Elliot Giles following a determined burst over the final 150 metres.

Despite adding an outdoor silver medal to his indoor British Championship gold from the winter, Learmonth will still have to go below the IAAF standard of 1.46.00 over the next couple of weeks if he is to race in London.

Guy told us: "I can't complain as finishing in the top two was crucial this weekend.

"Now I've got to go out and get that qualifying time to get automatic selection for London.

"I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone for their messages of support and a special mention to my coach Henry Gray who's timed my peak to perfection."

West Linton's Stacey Downie didn't progress from the heats of the 200 metres or 400 metres but she set season's best times in both events.