SHANE FENTON reports from MARKET PARK
Scott Rider from Kent retained his title in a thrilling Scottish Championship at Crieff on Sunday.
9 of the World's top heavy event competitors battled it out in the sunshine at Market Park as the destination of the coveted crown went right down to the final event.
Lorne Colthart, Blair Atholl got off to a great start with wins in both the 16lb and 22lb hammer competitions before extending his lead with victory in the 28lb weight for distance.
Both the 16lb and 22lb shot putt competitions were won in great style by South African Burger Lembrechts, who in the process erased a 33 year old ground record set by the great Geoff Capes.
He won the 22lb shot with a throw of 53' 1'' which was agonisingly just 3 inches short of Capes' ground record which was also the Scottish record set in 1982. The towering South African however was soon in celebratory mode when his throw of 62' 1'' in the lighter hammer surpassed the 61' 6.5'' figures set by Geoff Capes in 1983.
Despite not winning any of the early disciplines Scott Rider kept in contention with high place finishes and with two events remaing the title was still in the balance.
The penultimate event, the 56lb weight over the bar, produced yet another ground record with Lukasz Wenta's throw of 16' 7'' eclipsing the 16'6'' record of Matt Sandford, Australia set in 2003.
Scott Rider put more points on the board with a joint 2nd place finish.
It all came down to the final event, the caber, and it was Rider who emerged victorious to win both the discipline and the overall title. Lorne Colthart who put up a great fight finished joint 3rd in the caber with Matt Vincent, this secured 2nd place overall for the Scot with American Vincent 3rd. The overall points totals were Rider[29.5],Colthart[27.5] and Vincent [24,5].
The track performance of the day came from Jake Shelley, Oxford University who thrilled the crowds with an excellent win from the back mark in the 1600 metres handicap, the Englishman who has 1500m and 1 mile PB's of 3m 43s and 4m 01s respectively worked his way through the field from the 40 metres mark before breaking the tape in 4m 22.18s, Shelley's fellow countrymen Joshua Entwhitle who had won the previous day at Stirling finished in 2nd place with Dean Whiteford ,Innerleithen in 3rd.
The 90 metres handicap which carried a top prize of £250 was run off in 8 heats, 2 x-ties and grand final. Following a photo finish the verdict went to Laura McCracken,VP Glasgow who just held on from the previous week's Perth winner Tommy Finkle,TLJT with Craig Bruce,Selkirk in 3rd.
Geoff Keen,Selkirk is in a fine vein of form at present and that continued at Crieff when he got up on the line in the final of the 200 metres to collar frontmarkers Tam Bradley,Leith and Wendy Nicol,Dunfermline in 21.01s
Following wins at Inverkeithing and Perth the previous week Charlie Carstairs, Lasswade AC made it 3 wins from 3 games with victory in the 400 metres, powering clear down the home straight before breaking the tape in 49.42, William Bates,Tullibody and Cameron Fisher, Jedburgh filled the minor berths.
Bates had to settle for 2nd place again, this time in the 800 metres chasing 16 year old Kyle Henderson,Pitreavie AC over the line with backmarker Craig Robertson also Pitreavie AC in third.
It was a good day for Jedburgh youngsters in both the Youth 90m and 200m races, In the dash, Brodie Cowan edged out training companion Aiden Bambrick in 10.01s with Andrew Young, Larkhall AC in 3rd. Victory in the 200m went to Zoey Johnnstone who held off the late challenges of Angus Bryce and Cameron Henderson, Edinburgh AC.
A gutsy performance from Duncan McDonald, Inverness Harriers saw him retain his Youth's 1600 metres title after seeing off the challenge of Sean Bates,Tullibody and Lewis Dow, Pitreavie AC in 4:31.5.
9 cyclists contested the four races on the card and there were doubles for both James Melville,Dumbarton and Craig Hardie,Dalgety Bay. The latter won the 3200 metres handicap and the Deil with Melville taking the 800m and 1600m.
The SHGA Scottish Light Field Championship ended in a tie overall between Cameron Henderson,Edinburgh AC and John Fleming,Kelso, Henderson won the Long Jump and was third in both the High and Triple jumps while Fleming was runner up in the high and the triple and third in the long. The high jump was won by Lee Goodfellow TLJT with Ben Coates Oban the victor in the triple.
Full results on results page.
Published: 2015-08-16 22:19:52