HOT PERFORMANCES AT SWELTERING BLACKFORD writes Shane Fenton.
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Glorious sunshine heralded the start of the new Highland Games season at Blackford, and the sun-bathed crowd were treated to some equally hot performances in the track and field events.
Scottish champion Scott Rider was the main man in the heavy events winning 5 of the seven disciplines, the Londoner triumphed in both the 16lb and 22lb shot putts, 28lb Weight for Distance, 56lb Weight over the Bar and Caber.
Both the 16lb and 22lb hammer competitions were won by Craig Sinclair, Drumoak..
There was an excellent field of 12 heavies for the opening meeting of the season.
On the track there was a photo finish to determine the winner of the 90 metres sprint handicap, with recent Scottish Universities 200m champion David Brand from the Dunfermline West Fife club getting the judges decision in a time of 9.64.
Cameron Grieve, Jedburgh was runner up with former winner Cameron Smith, Tullibody in third, the other finalsists were Billy Martin, Glenrothes, Geoff Keen, Selkirk and New Year Sprint winner Graeme Lister, Kirkcaldy.
The 200 metres saw Billy Martin claim the first prize bursting through the tape in 19.31 seconds with Grieve again having to settle for the runners up spot with 90m winner Brand in 3rd. Veteran Walter Hunter finished 4th.
A stylish run from second backmarker Ewan Dyer, Pitreavie AC saw him come through a field of 17 runners to claim victory in the 400 metres handicap in a winning time of 49.50, last seasons middle distance SHGA league winner Scott Robertson, Stirling finished second and Jon Lowis [jnr] Kirkcaldy 3rd.
Chris Black made his journey up from Kelso a profitable one as he timed his run to perfection to win the 800 metres handicap, the Borderer only collared front marker and long time leader George Hunter, Dunfermline in the home straight as he went on to snap the worsted in 1 minute 54.19 seconds, Andrew Thomson, Jedburgh stayed on strongly to take 3rd place.
John Lowis, Kirkcaldy used his long stride to good advantage to take the spoils in the 1600 metres Handicap, the Fifer out-battled Kelso duo Wayne McIntosh and Chris Black to take the top prize in 4 minutes 17.5 seconds.
There was a Jedburgh 1-2-3 in the final of the Youths 90 metres Handicap with Eric Lowther getting the decision ahead of his town rivals Jasmine Tomlinson and Holly McKay in 10.15 seconds.
Lowther was penalised 2 metres in the 200 metres Youths final, and he had to settle for second spot behind Kerr Gerrard, Kelso who won in 23.34 seconds, Jessie Concannon, DWF came home in 3rd.
Females croosed the line in the first two places in the Youths 800 metres Handicap with victory going to Games debutant Nicola Du Pair, DWF who produced a fine run to hold off Selkirk pair Zena Aziz and Jack Stanners, Du Pair's winning time was 1 minute 59.53 seconds.
The four cycle races unusually produced four different winners, Ian Hepburn, Cairneyhill won the opening race of the new season, the 800 metres, Paul Gallagher, Kirkcaldy, who ended the day as overall champion was victorious in the 1600 metres, the evergreen Davy Mathieson, Newburgh took the 3200 metres with newcomer Stuart Jackson, Glasgow edging the Del tak the Hindmost.
Published: 2012-05-26 19:47:56