BRIDGE OF ALLAN HIGHLAND GAMES
[SUNDAY 2nd August]
Shane Fenton previews the 164th STRATHALLAN MEETING
The Strathallan meeting in its present form has held a central place in traditional Scottish sport for over 160 years. The Games are widely recognised as being one of the top athletic meetings on the calendar, attracting competitors from all over Scotland and further afield.
An international line up is all set to contest the British Heavy Events Championship, Scott Rider who won the World ttle at Loch Lomond a fortnight ago heads the list along with brothers Lukasz and Sebastien Wents. Lorne Colthart, Craig Sinclair and Kyle Randalls will carry the banner for the host country.
The running and jumping programme is highly popular and always attracts one of the biggest entry of competitors of any highland games on the circuit. There is generous prize money on offer for all events [see below] with £600 going to the victor in the Open 90 metres handicap, the event will be split into 8 heats of 7 runners.
[RUNNERS SHOULD NOTE THAT THEIR EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON TO ALLOW THE OPEN & YOUTH 90M HEATS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE HAMMER THROWING CONTEST BEGINS].
Jumping events are again proving to be very popular on the circuit this summer and good competition is expected on Sunday in the Long and Triple Jump contests.
The cyclists who always thrill the big crowd will contest four events.
Up until 1956 the Strathallan meeting was a traditional games with money prizes, then from 1957 till 1998 it affiliated to the amateur sports organizations and all the track and field events came under the auspices of the Scottish A.A.A.
In 1993 athletics in Scotland became 'Open' allowing amateurs and professionals to compete in the same events and races, it was however 6 years later in 1999 before the games affiliated to the S.H.G.A..
Over 40 pipe bands will compete in their various grades throughout the afternoon, there is also full programme's of Highland Dancing and Wrestling.
Published: 2015-07-31 10:17:53