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Pleasant autumnal sunshine brought out the crowds to Bogles Field for the Blairgowrie Highland Games. As the season enters it's final couple of weeks many of the SHGA points leagues are still in the balance so it was no surprise to see many of those still in contention in action.

There was also a good representation of runners up from the Borders and they had their fair share of success.

The sprinters in the Open 90 metres handicap had the assistance of a stiffish breeze at their backs, victory in the final went to Connor Gillon, Kelso who touched off Callum Field, East Kilbride AC and Willie Bates, Tullibody in 9.19 seconds, Cumbie Bowers,Glenrothes finished 4th with Anna Forsyth, Leithenburn who was competing in her first highland games as a senior in 5th.

The 200 metres went to former New Year Sprint winner Bowers who powered through from the backmark to break the tape in 21.20 seconds, Bates and Field again claimed the minor berths.

Willie Bates who is having a great season and currently leading in the SHGA league for 400m and 800m events went on to land a double in both those races at Bogles Field, In the 400m he stopped the watch at 51.24 seconds as he stayed on strongly to hold off Cumbie Bowers and Colin Welsh ,Kelso.

In he 800m, he was followed over the line by Mike Murdoch, Glenrothes who was returning to games action following injury, with Craig Bell.Forfar in 3rd. Bates' winning time was 1:55.63.

Similar to Willie Bates, Dean Whiteford,Innerleithen is also enjoying a fine season on the circuit, and like Willie landed a double, with wins in the 1600m and 3200m handicaps. The Borderer won the 1600m in 4:34.33 with Murdoch again runner up and Bell again 3rd. Despite running from a reduced handicap Whiteford also secured the win in 3200m, this time Bell was runner up with Sam Bates,Tullibody in 3rd. The winning time was 10:36.31. These wins takes Dean into the lead in the 1600m/3200m SHGA league.

There was further Borders success in the Youth events, sisters Natasha and Samantha Turnbull,Peebles landed a 90m and 200m double. Natasha won her first race of the season with victory in the 90m just holding off her sister in 9.47 seconds with Sean Bates,Tullibody in 3rd. It was Samantha's turn to top the podium in the 200m staving off the challenge of Rhianna Sterricks,Leithenburn with Natasha in 3rd. Winning time 23.24.

The Leithenburn squad got a win on the board in the Youth's 800 metres with Craig Angus coming through from the backmark to take the tape in 2:10.12, Bailey Todd,Kelso filled the runners up spot with Michael Smith, Leithenburn in 3rd. Todd again had to settle for 2nd place in the 1600 metres where victory went Sean Bates,Tullibody who is the runaway leader in the SHGA league for youth distance events. Craig Angus finished 3rd on this occasion. Winning time 4:53.24.

All the main protagonists in the SHGA cycling leagues were on the track, there is a three way battle at the the top between the trio of James Melville,Dumbarton,Craig Hardie,Dalgety Bay and Charles Fletcher,Grantown on Spey who all won races. Fletcher took the 800m, Melville the 1600m with Hardie the victor in both the 3200m and Deil tak the Hindmost.

There may have been only 2 youth bikers but they were the pair who are currently going head to head at the summit of the Youth's cycle league. The two races on the card for them, the 800m and 1600m were both won by Kyle Cartmel,Nairn from Marco Caira, Markinch. The winner also leap-frogged his rival in the league standings.

Still awaiting the official throws results, but, there was a new ground record in the heavy hammer for Kyle Randalls, Grangemouth. Both the light and heavy shot putts, caber and weight over the bar was won by Lukas Wenta,East Kilbride.

Published: 2015-09-06 21:58:23