NEW HAMMER RECORD FOR CRAIG AT RAIN SOAKED GLAMIS
Shane Fenton reports from Glamis Casle
Thunder & lightning followed by a 15 minute spell of torrential rain turned the grounds of Glamis Castle into a mudbath for the latter part of the Strathmore Games on Sunday.
Despite standing water on many parts of the running/cycling track the competitors to the delight of the crowd were quite happy to see out the full programme.
Before the rains came the big crowd witnessed a new ground record in the 22lb hammer competition with Craig Sinclair, Drumoak launching the weight out to 116'7'' to better the previous record of 115'7'' set in 2005 by Bruce Aitken, Auchenblae. Then later in the afternnon Lukasz Wenta broke his own ground record in the 56lb Weight over the Bar with his throw of 15.6'' bettering his 2013 mark by one inch.
On the running track the Halliday brothers who run for Central AC replicated their wins from Blackford Games the week before in the Open and Youths 90 metres handicaps.
In the Open final Liam Halliday clocked 9.15 seconds to edge out 2013 New Year Sprint winner Graeme Lister, Kirkcaldy with Graeme Gibson, DTC in third.
In the Youth's 90m final Kieran Halliday came from the backmark to overhaul Sean Bates, Tullibody and Adam Canavan, Sauchieburn in 9.87 seconds.
In the 200 metres handicap front marker Ramsey Sloss, Cambuslang stayed on gamely to hold off the late thrusts of Dylan Lindsay,Glenrothes and Graeme Lister to break the tape in 20.36 seconds.
By the time the 400 metres was run the track was like a quagmire but it didn't stop Craig Robertson, Pitreavie AC powering through from the backmark to clinch victory from Liam Halliday and Graeme Gibson.
Fergus McGaw,Dunfermline landed a double with wins in the 800 metres and 1600 metres handicaps, due to the condition of the track the 3200 metres was reduced to a 1600 metres and was won by John Bates, Menstrie. The Youth's 1600 metres went to Steven Bates, Menstrie the son of John in 4 minutes 55 seconds.
Unfortunately for the 9 cyclists who were in action the longer races on the card took place after the downpour, Charles Fletcher, Grantown on Spey was the rider who adapted best to the conditions with wins in four of the five races the 1600 metres, 3200 metres, 4800 metres and 8000 metres, the latter because of the condition of the track was actually reduced to a 1600 metres. The opening 800 metres was won by Edward Fletcher the brother of Charles.
Lukasz Wenta edged out Scott Rider in the two shot putt events, Craig Sinclair won the 28 for distance and the two hammers with Scott Rider the victor in the Caber and 56 for height.
Full classified results including the heavy events to follow,
Bit damp from mid afternoon today at Strathmore
Results and report to follow shortly
Published: 2014-06-08 20:50:23