SPRINT BACKMARKER CLAIMS TOP PRIZE AT CRIEFF
The forecast of sunshinr and showers was correct, thankfully the heaviest of the showers took place prior to the main track and field events getting underway. As the weather improved the crowds arrived at Market Park and they were treated to an afternoon of top quality entertainment.The heavy events which feature the Scottish Championship attracted a top quality field. Prior to the competition getting underway a piper played a lament which was followed by a round of applause in memory of former heavy events legend Bill Anderson who sadly passed away earlier in the week. Bill won the Scottish championship 16 times and was also a judge of the event at Crieff for many years.
On the track there was a number of close and exciting finishes in both the running and cycling events.The top prize of the day is the £300 which goes to the winner of the Open 90 metres handicap. The final produced the best performance of the day with backmarker Douglas Young Kelso powering up lane one to snap the worsted in 9.86 seconds ahaed of Brodie Cowan Jedburgh with his Kelso training compamion Ben Lyall in third.
The winners prize in the Open 200 metres also returned to the Borders with Ruaridh Campbell TLJT holding off the challenge of Callum Letham Central AC and Stewart Clark, Stonehaven. In the Open 400 metres Wallace McGown made good use of his front mark staying on down the straight to hold off the determined challenge of Daniel Paxton Hawick and Angus Johnstone Edinburgh AC.
There was a big field of 17 runners for the Open 800 metres handicap which produced an exciting finish with Matthew Fleming Kelso snatching victory on the line from Kevin Wood TLJT and Craig Bell Forfar. There was another three way go to the finish of the Open 1600 metres in which Wood again finished runner up this time behind Jamie Massie Forfar with John Thomson Glenrothes in third. Canadian backmarker Ron Loewen couldn't bridge the handicap on this occasion finishing 5th. Ron who has been competing on the circuit for the past month was competing at his final games before returning home. He managed to win one race and picked up a few 2nd and 3rd places. He has really enjoyed his time on the circuit and hopes to return in the near future.
There was Fife success in the Youth races with Robbie Morrison Kirkcaldy landing the 90m and 200m double.In the 90m he took the tape ahead of Zoe Blair Jed AC with Josh Cairns Tullibody in third. It was the same 1 - 2 in the Youth 200 metres with this time Ryan Morrison Kirkcaldy brother of the winner in third. There wa good finish to the Youth 800 metres, Thomas McCaskill Hawick looked to have timed his run to perfection as he came to take the lead off the final bend, Erin McFarlane Pitreavie AC who is enjoying a good season was having none of it and stuck with the Borderer all the way down the straight and had more strength at the finish to claim the win. McCaskill finished runner up with Mattie Fleming Kelso in third. The latter had better fortune in the Youth 1600 metres, showing no ill effects from his 400m win the mud at Stirling 24 hours earlier he strode out well to come home a clear winner from Erin McFarlane and Steven Bates Tullibody.
Many of the 12 bikers on the card were still recovering from an exrtremely testing day at Stirling. All four races were won by different riders. James Melville Alexandria took the 800 metres in a thrilling finish with Flora Gillies Peebles. Charles Fletcher Grantown on Spey who landed a treble at Helmsdale Games the previous day rode a great race from the backmark to win the 1600 metres from his brother Edward. The latter then took the 3200 metres handicap before Paul Gallacher Kirkcaldy who had won all 4 races at Stirling took the Deil tak the Hindmost ahead of Kyle Cartmel Duffus.
Seperate Scottish Heavy event championship report to follow.
Published: 2019-08-18 21:50:31