A sprinkling of showers failed to dampen the spirits of the competitors and spectators who turned out in good numbers for the annual Strathmore Highland Games in the scenic surroundings of Glamis Castle. Chieftain for the day was Simon Patrick the 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
There was a good field of competitors for the heavy events which saw Lukasz Wenta emerge as the overall winner. For the second successive week he set a new ground record in the 56lb weight for height with his throw of 16 feet following on from his 16' 6'' at Markinch the previous week.Lukasz also won the Scottish Caber Tossing Championship.
On the track one of the biggest cheers of the day came for local Forfar athlete Angela Bell who was winning her first ever race on the games circuit. Running from the front mark in the 3200 metres, Angela, the daughter of games stalwart Craig Bell who was also in the race, looked to be leading her rivals a merry dance, however with just under a lap to run her stride began to shorten and the chasing duo of Tyler White, Aberdeen AC and Fraser Logan, Belgrave who looked to have settled for the minor berths saw their chance and upped the ante and made a determined bid to chase her down. It would be in vain, as off the final bend and urged on by the enthusiastic crowd Angela found a bit more and determindly stayed on to take the tape a few metres ahead of the rapidly closing White and Logan. Father Craig was in the prizes in 6th place.
Earlier in the afternoon Fraser Logan showed fine form to land an 800 metres and 1600 metres double. In the 800 he thwarted Sarah Ross' bid to make it three wins in three weeks when he collared her with 50 metres to run, Sarah kept on from her 'pulled' mark in second with Ewan Bradley,Inverness in third. Logan produced another fine run to win the 1600 metres from Tyler White and Alan Marr,Leven Las Vegas.
There was a close finish to the final of the Open 90 metres with Stewart Clark,Stonehaven getting up on the line to land the spoils from David Allan,Balloch and Willie Bates,Tullibody in 9.62. Clark had to settle for the runners up spot in the 200 metres where victory went to Cumbie Bowers,Glenrothes who has been off the track for a year, the former New Year Sprint winner produced his customary late surge to take the tape in 20.84 seconds. Scott Douglas,Forfar finished third.
Ewan Bradley maintained his good start to the ihe season with a powerful run to land the 400 metres in 50.59 from David Allan and Stewart Clark.
Both the Youth races on the card the 90 metres and 1600 metres were won in good style from the backmark by Edouard Lecrivain,Aberdeen. In the sprint he won his heat in 10.69 before taking the tape in the final in 10.57 getting up in the last stride to edge out cousins Sean and Steven Bates both Tullibody.
In the 1600 metres his main rival turned out to be his brother Gaspard of whom he pulled away from on the last lap with Sean Bates in third.
Seven bikers contested the five races on the card. After Stevie Jackson,Glasgow won the opening 800 metres from Gus Gillies,Peebles and Ryan Keir Newburgh, the remainder of the day belonged to Charles Fletcher, Grantown on Spey. He was most impressive in the 3200 metres, it looked like the evergreen Davy Mathieson ,Newburgh was going to make good use of his big start, with a lap to go he looked home and hosed only for the in-form Fletcher to produce a power packed last lap and reel in Davy with 50 metres to cycle. In the final event for the bikers, the 8000 metres, a race they all dread, saw Fletcher give away huge starts to all his rivals. I t proved no deterrent as he crossed the line ahead of Steve Jackson and Chris Horden. Fletcher has now won the only two 8000 metres races on the circuit following his win in the SHGA Scottish Championship at Markinch the previous week.
Published: 2017-06-11 21:38:13