Colin Welsh, Kelso winner of 800m Alistair Hay, Central AC and Sarah Inglis
Britsh Championship Lothian RC winners of 3200m S.H.G.A.
Once again the Argyllshire Gathering at Oban lived up to it's reputation of being arguably the top athletics meeting on the Highland Games circuit with many of the countries top ranked athletes male and female participating.
Many of the runners had headed to Oban straight from competing in the Falkirk Cup at Grangemouth the previous evening.
The opening 800 metres saw a high quality line up of 12 athletes, after an enthralling race on a rain softened track it was Colin Welsh from Kelso who claimed victory ahead of Alistair Hay Central AC and Craig Robertson Pitreavie.
It wasn't long however before Hay, the current top ranked Scot over 1500 metres got his head in front with victory in the 1600 metres, he then went on to add the Scottish 3200 metres title after winning the battle with Conor McNulty and Mathew Turner.
The shorter races saw Alan Stewart Shettleston land a double by winning both the 100 metres and 150 metres races with Craig Robertson racing to victory in the 400 metres.
Two of Scotland's leading female athletes Stacey Downie and Sarah Inglis had both competed at the Falkirk Cup meeting the night before with Stacey second in the 200 metres and Sarah runner up in the Scottish 10,000 metres Championship.
At Oban they both celebrated trebles with Stacey winning the 100, 150 and 400 while Sarah was victorious in the 800, 1600 and 3200.
In the heavy events despite missing the opening 16lb shot putt event Australian Aaron Neighbour still emerged the overall winner ahead of Bruce Robb.
REPORT BY SHANE FENTON
Published: 2009-08-29 21:45:31