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700 Metres for 700 Years writes Shane Fenton

700 metres for 700 years writes SHANE FENTON

The Ceres Highland Games in Fife will celebrate their 700th anniversary this year.

In what will be one of many events to mark the special year the SHGA approached the Games committee if they would be interested in running a one-off 700 metres SHGA Championship footrace to commemorate the occasion. The committee were more than happy to include the race in their programme with the SHGA putting up a special Commemorative medal to the race winner.

There is always a great atmosphere and a big crowd to watch the events which all take place within a tight 200 metres circuit. It is a popular meeting for the athletes as well with last year seeing one of the biggest ever entries.
Because of the tight confines there is no hammer throwing this however doesn't detract from the quality of the athletes who take part. Last year Bruce Robb, Lukasz Wenta and Lorne Colthard thrilled the crowds.

Ceres stage the oldest free Games held in Scotland taking place annually on the Bow Butts on the last Saturday in June to coincide with the anniversary of Bannockburn.


When King Robert the Bruce led his army to that famous victory over the English at Bannockburn on June 24th 1314, among the most valiant fighters were the men from Ceres, one of them was Sir Robert Keith who led one of the divisions of 500 foot and horsemen.

For the part played by the men of Ceres in this, the most decisive battle in the history of the Scottish nation, King Robert the Bruce granted the village a charter to hold a market and fair.
The men of Ceres on returning from Bannockburn celebrated with revelry and competition on the Bow Butts thus establishing a Games meeting still maintained today as Ceres Highland Games.

Published: 2014-02-17 21:37:35