Allan Hamilton ended a record breaking season on the Highland Games circuit by clinching the season long SHGA Light Field Events points league at Pitlochry. His wins in the LJ, TJ & HJ at the Recreation Ground means he can't now be caught despite 40 points still up for grabs at the final SHGA meeting of the season at Invercharron this Saturday.
Hamilton, who returns to America next month until the end of the year has had an exceptional summer on the circuit in both jumping and running events.
The highlight came at the Mull Games in July when he broke two long standing Scottish records. He became the first man to jump over 50 feet in the triple jump when he leapt out to 50' 1.5'' eclipsing the previous best of 49' 9'' set by Mark Parham in 1992. The 2006 long jump record of 24' 2'' held by Andrew McDonald also went with Allan setting new figures of 24' 6.5''. Despite a few attempts at the High Jump record where he went close a few times it was not to be this season, his efforts weren't helped with the ground conditions not always favourable.
Long established ground records also fell at a number of events while on the track he won SHGA sprint titles at both Loch Lomond and Braemar, it wasn't only scratch races he won, he raced to victory in big handicap events at Loch Lomond,Crieff, Stirling and Mull.
Allan also sprinted to a £1000 prize in the Borders when he took the 90 metres handicap title at the non SHGA Langholm meeting, then less than 24 hours later travelled the entire length of the country [360 miles] to take part in the Halkirk Games where he won no less than five events, 85m, 200m, LJ, TJ, High Jump.
The Sale Harrier showed that taking part on the games circuit had no adverse affect on his mainstream performances by taking the Scottish Athletics Long Jump title and a bronze medal in the British Athletic Championship.
At the end of August he ran a new 100 metres PB of 10.95 in a Scottish league match at Grangemouth, 48 hours after contesting 6 events at Oban Games including the Long Jump where he broke a 104 year old record.
It's certainly been an outstanding season, Allan's long term goal is to compete at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in 2018.
Published: 2016-09-13 12:41:16