The two S.H.G.A. Championships at Montrose Highland Games were both won by Craig Robertson, different ones that is. You could actually say it was take two of the famous day the duo had at the end of 2007 at Musselburgh Racecourse when Craig Robertson from Gala, who at 16 became the youngest ever winner of the famous New Year Sprint and his namesake from Pitreavie AC triumphed in the Open 1600 metres Handicap.
This time around the surroundings on the sun kissed East Links were in complete contrast as the Gala Robertson sped to victory in the 90 metres championship. breaking the tape in 10.70 seconds ahead of Ed Moyse from Cambridge University while in the 3200 metres championship the Pitreavie Robertson accounted for sole rival Dean Whiteford from Innerleithen.
The Gala man must like the sea air in the North East corner of the country as he also won the Open 400 metres handicap, two years prior he won the Youth's 800 metres handicap there and this would be his last race before going on to record victory that famous day at Musselburgh, those statistics i don't suspect will ever be repeated.
It was also a good afternoon for Craig Bell who landed a double, he followed up his previous weeks win at Airth in the 800 metres Handicap and later in the day claimed victory in the 1600 metres Handicap. The 200 metres Handicap saw Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC hold off the challenge of Keith Redpath,Wishaw and Amy Clancy, Peebles.
Both the Youth's 90 metres and 800 metres handicaps were won by athletes who had made the long trek up from the Borders, Demi Yorke, Gala took the 90 in 10.97 with Callum Hunter,Stow breaking the tape in the 800 in 2minutes 14.75 seconds.
The Youth's 200 was a photo finish between Richard Thomson,Oban and Craig Bell jnr with the former getting the verdict.
There may have been only three cyclists on show but they gave the crowd plenty to get excited about with only about half a wheel seperating the first two in each race, first over the line three times was Tim Allan,Glenrothes who took the 800,1600 and Deil with fellow Fifer Dave Mathieson first home in the 3200. Darren Howitt Glenrothes filled the minor placings.
In the heavy events Steven Aitken came out narrowly on top over Craig Sinclair and David Dowson.
Published: 2009-08-04 20:59:30