GUTSY SARAH TWICE FOILS CLASSY KANE
A big crowd at the John Dixon Park witnessed some thrilling races at the Markinch Highland Games on Sunday June 7th.
None more so than in both the Open 1600 metres and 3200 metres Handicaps where Scottish age-group internationalist Sarah Inglis,Lothian RC twice held off heroic efforts from scratch man and sub 4 minute miler Kevin Kane, Inverclyde AC.
A big field of 18 runners lined up in the 1600 metres and it wasn't long before Sarah Inglis, backmarker of the seven females in the race began to assert her authority and forged into the lead, and despite a late last lap surge by backmarker Kevin Kane he couldn't quite get on terms with Sarah the current Scottish Universities outdoor and indoor 3000 metres champion who crossed the line in 4m 18.75s with Kane in second and Robert Inglis third.
The duo thrilled the big Fife crowd again in the 3200 metres, Sarah saw her handicap reduced by 30 metres to  with Kevin starting from the scratch mark, Inglis again put all her rivals to the sword with the exception of Kane who lap after lap gradually ate away at her lead, when the pair took the bell there was still 40 metres between them, the backman to the thrill of the crowd put in a power packed last 300 metres, however Sarah showed all her grit and determination to get to the tape first in 9m 44.97s with Kevin only a few metres behind, Robert Inglis again finished third in what was an enthralling race. 14 ran.
There was a blanket finish to the Lomond Homes 90 metres handicap, with the previous week's Blackford winner Cameron Smith getting up in the last stride to inch out Lothian Running Club's Darren Thomson[10.5] who had beaten the winner in both heat and cross-tie, Martyn Patterson, Central AC in his first race in the Open competition was a close up third. Smith's winning time was 9.66s.
Patterson gained consolation in the 200 metres as he powered past Jack BeattieRosyth and Siobhan Hanlon,Pitreavie ACclose home to stop the watch at 19.85.
The 400 metres saw 22 runners come under starters orders with Michael Burns, Pitreavie AC emerging victorious in 48.81 with Martyn Paterson runner-up and backmarker Craig Robertsoncoming through late for third.
20 runners contested the 800 metres and it was Scott Robertson, Dunfermline who burst out of the pack to win in 1:52.18, he was followed home by the far travelled Donald Bradley,Inverness and front marker George Hunter, Dunfermline.
In the Youth races both Craig Bell Forfar and Rory Muir DWF landed doubles on the day, Bell[3.5] raced to victory in the 90 metres in 10.96 snaring Alison Craig Pitreavie AC on the line with the fast finishing Jonothon Faulds[1.5] in third.
Despite being penalised in the 200, Bell still powered past his rivals in the the last few metres to win in 24.16 with Borderer Dylan Ali Hawick second and Rachael Easton Pitreavie AC third.
There was a Pitreavie AC 1-2 in the 800 metres with Michaela Brown running out a comfortable winner over Kathryn Pennellwith Dylan Lindsay, Glenrothes in third.
Rory Muir DWF was an easy winner of the 1600 metres in 4:46.8 with Kathryn Pennell again runner up and Lauren Arbuckle, Lothian RC  in third. Rory then led home a field of 15 in the 400 in 52.00 with once again the minor placings going to Kathryn and Lauren.
Alan Clark was the star of the show in the cycling, landing a treble, which included the Scottish 8000 metres Championship, the Thurso rider also won the 1600 metres and Deil events. Tim Allan,Glenrothes who was runner-up in all three went one better in the 800 metres Fife Championship race.
Overall heavy events winner on the day was Gregor Edmunds who won four of the disciplines and shared another with Bruce Robb, the latter also won the 16lb Ball.
The main event the Kingdom of Fife 28lb Weight for Distance title went to Craig Sinclair.
SHANE'S GAMES HIGHLIGHT
The marvellous tussle in the 3200 metres handicap between top male and female competitors Kevin Kane and Sarah Inglis.
Published: 2009-06-09 20:14:11