Thankfully the forecast heavy showers failed to materialise and for long spells Mossfield Park was bathed in warm sunshine for the annual Argyllshire Gathering.
Four days after contesting the Scottish Championship at Crieff all of the top three from Market Park, champion Scott Rider, runner up Lorne Colthart and third placed Lukasz Wenta were all back in action at Oban.
Once again the eight disciplines were keenly contested, Lukasz Wenta won both the light and heavy shot putt competitons, the Caber and shared the Weight over the bar with Scott Rider. The latter did the 28lb and 56lb weight for distance double with Lorne Colthart landing wins in both the 16lb and 22lb hammer contests. When all the points were tallied it was once again Scott Rider who emerged as the winner with 42.5pts, Lukasz was runner up with 39pts and Lorne 3rd with 36pts.
On the track, Ben Coates, Oban followed up his 90 metres win at Crieff with victory in the 100 metres handicap in 10.80 secs, Graham Armstrong, Edinburgh finished runner up with David Allan,Balloch in third. Craig Bell,Forfar notched up a double with wins in both the 200 metres and 1600 metres handicaps. In the 200m he broke the tape in 22.16 ahead of Ben Coates and Graham Armstrong while in the 1600 he stayed on strongly to hold off Dean Whiteford,Innerleithen and Colin Welsh,Kelso in 4:43.09 to retain his title.
The latter duo both chalked up wins on the day,Welsh won the scratch 800 metres in 2:09.58 from Ewan Bradley,Inverness. Whiteford who was 3rd in the 800 was the victor in both the 800m handicap and 3200m handicap. He crossed the finish line in the 800 in 2:01.42 ahead of Welsh and Wallace McGown,Sauchie.
Welsh again chased Whiteford home in the 3200 metres with Bell in third place.
Australian David Woods who finished runner up in the 400 metres at Stirling on Saturday went one better with victory at Oban. Woods who arrived after having appeared in a morning show at the Edinburgh Fringe outstayed Capital duo Geordie Stewart and Graham Armstrong in 50.11.
Not for the first time this season it was Tony Daffurn,Wishaw who dominated the jumps competition with wins in the Long,High and Triple. Prior to the jumps he got his day off to a good start by winning the 100 metres scratch event from Ben Coates and Lomond McPherson,Oban in 11.36s.
Colin Donnelly retained his title in the Hill Race.
Published: 2017-08-24 22:24:05