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Markinch set for action packed day writes Shane Fenton

Five recent winners of the famous New Year Sprint are among a big field of athletes set to contest the various events at this Sunday's Markinch Highland Games.
Dylan Ali, Hawick the current champion, along with Leigh Marshall,Hawick, Craig Robertson, Gala and Cumbie Bowers, Glenrothes are among the runners in the seven heats of the Open 90 metres Handicap which will be run up the immaculatley prepared Chariots of Fire type string laned track, the only one of it's kind left on the SHGA circuit.
This quartet will be joined by former Scottish sprint and hurdles champion Francis Smith, Woodford Green and former youth champion Craig Grieve, Jedburgh in a special Invitation 90 metres handicap.
2012 New Year winner Graeme Lister, Kirkcaldy is entered in the 200m, 400m and 800 metres events.
There are Open events over 90m, 200m,400m,800m,1600m and 3200 metres, the Youth athletes will compete for £700 worth of prize money over six events[see previous thread for details.
Markinch is always a popular venue for the heavy event competitors last year Craig Sinclair[Hammers] and Lukasz Wenta[Shots] broke 4 ground records between them while in 2011 Gregor Edmunds broke the World record for the 28lb weight for distance.
I spoke to Lukasz at Carmunnock last week and he hopes if conditions are right he can improve on those records again.

In the cycling events Evan Oliphant who was yesterday named in the Scottish Commonwealth Games squad is among the entries for the 4 bike races at Markinch with the highlight being the Scottish 8000 metres grass track championsip of which Oliphant holds the course record.

If you want to witness an action packed afternoon of racing on foot and on bikes on a fast grass track then John Dixon Park is the place for you on Sunday. The action gets underway at 12.30pm admission is only £6 for adults and £3 for under-16s and senior citizens.
And if the most recent forecast is correct we are in for a dry day with temps up to 19-20c.

Published: 2014-05-30 13:17:46