After a break of 5 years Newburgh made a welcome return to the Highland Games circuit. Following a cloudy morning the warm sunshine shone down on Robbies Park and a decent crowd turned up to support the event.
Entries were good for the running, cycling and highland dancing, the heavy events had an international flavour with two competitors from Iceland and one from USA.
Despite the 90 metres track appearing to be quite a few metres short of the full distance the final still produced a good race with Victoria Stephen Dunfermline Track Club clinging on for victory from Eion Lother, Hawick and Stephen Park, Edinburgh.
Geoff Keen Selkirk stayed on strongly down the home straight to win the 200 metres handicap from Davy Rae Hawick and Cumbie Bowers Glenrothes.
Running from the backmark Michael Burns Pitreavie AC came through the field to claim the 400 metres but only after seeing off the persistent challenge of Willie Bates Tullibody.
Bates also had to settle for the runners up spot in the 800 metres handicap behind Corey Smith Pitreavie AC with Burns in third.
Dean Whiteford made the long journey up from Innerleithen in the Borders a profitable one with victory in the 1600 metres handicap, Tyler Whyte Pitreavie AC took second ahead of Gordon Barrie Dundee Hawkhill.
There was further Borders success in the Youths 90 metres and 200 metres handicaps with Hawick duo Charlie Rae and Liam Bouglas winning their first ever races on the highland games circuit.
There was a thrilling finish to the Youth's 800 metres handicap with back marker Liam Halliday Central AC snaring Adam Canavan Sauchieburn on the line with Zaynah Aziz Selkirk in third.
There was success for Zaynah later in the day in the Youth's 1600 metres handicap, running from the back mark she timed her run to perfection to take up the running on the last lap to go on to score from Steven and Sean Bates who finished 2nd and 3rd.
There was a big field of 11 riders for the cycling events, the highlight was the Scottish 4800 metres Championship where victory went to Craig Hardie, Dalgety Bay who was making his seasonal debut.
Tim Allan Tomatin who had 4 seconds on the day finished runner up with Charles Fletcher, Grantown on Spey in third. Hardie was also victorious in the Deil tak the Hindmost. Charles Fletcher who appeared to adapt to the rough under-wheel terrain better than most also netted two wins with victory in both the 800 metres and 3200 metres handicaps. The 1600 metres went to James Melville Dumbarton from Paul Gallacher Kirkcaldy.
The three Youth cycle races were all won by riders from the West Lothian Clarion Club, the scratch Scottish 800 metres handicap went to Alistair Helmsley, front marker Murray Wilson held on to win the 800 metres handicap with Max Guthrie the victor in the 1600 metres handicap.
Icelander Heisi Geirmundsson was the thrower in form in the heavy events winning all six disciplines, Thor Gulfason Iceland, Brad Goldsmith Virginia USA and Murdo Matherson Taynult shared the minor prizes.
Published: 2015-06-20 22:55:50