GLORIOUS START TO SEASON AT SUNNY BLACKFORD writes Shane Fenton.
The 2013 season got off to a glorious start at sunny Blackford on Saturday.
The games provided the setting for an excellent heavy events contest with all the top throwers in action.
Both the 16lb and 22lb shot putt contests were won by Lukasz Wenta of Poland, edging out top ranked GB putter Scott Rider on both occasions, [58'3'' - 55' 11''] in the 16lb and [49' 00'' - 48' 10''] in the 22lb.
There was home success in the Hammer contests with Craig Sinclair showing impressive form to win both the 16lb [134. 10''] and the 22lb [116' 4']'.
The 28lb for distance was also a closely fought contest with only a couple of feet seperating the top three, Sebastien Wenta came out on top with a throw of 82' 10'' with Scott Rider [82' 5''] runner up and Sinclair Patience [80' 8''] in third. Could Gregor Edmunds world record be under threat at Markinch on Sunday.
Both the 56lb for height and caber contests produced triple ties for 1st place, Scott Rider, Sebastien and Lukasz Wenta all cleared 15' in the W over B with Scott and Lukasz along with Bruce Robb the victors in the caber. The overall title was shared by the Polish duo on 32 points with Scott Rider on 30.
In the athletic events Dylan Ali, Hawick was the man in form with wins in both the 90m and 200m handicaps, despite false starting in the final of the 90m and being penalised one metre, the Borderer still managed to get up on the line to snare front markers Martha Douglas and Holly McKay both Jedburgh in 9.74s, Tony Daffrun, Leigh Marshall and Leon Ali completed the six runner final line up.
Ali was penalised 3 metres for his 90m winner but still powered through impressively to win the 200 metres handicap in 20.27s, shading his training companions Davie Rae and Leigh Marshall who were 2nd and 3rd with Lawrie McCombie,Edinburgh 4th.
Marshall gained some consolation with victory in the 400 metres handicap, his time of 48m 29s was good enough to hold off the challenge of Graeme Gibson, DTC and Billy Martin, Glenrothes. Earlier in the day Gibson had emerged victorious in a field of 12 runners in the 800 metres handicap, crossing the line strongly in 1m 55.19s ahead of Chris Black, Kelso and Dean Whiteford, Innerleithen.
Colin Welsh, Kelso showed his liking for the heavy track at Blackford by winning the 1600 metres handicap from the backmark, Welsh charged through the field to win in 4 mins 28.93 seconds from Dean Whiteford and Craig Robertson, Pitreavie AC.
There was a Borders treble in the Youth's running events, Philippa Robertson, Hawick was a clear winner of the 90 metres handicap in 9.98 seconds, with Euan Smith, Central AC runner up and Aiden Bambrick, Edinburgh 3rd. In a close finish to the 200m handicap, Robertson and Smith had to settle for the minor berths behind winner Callum Fisher, Jedburgh who won in 22.83 secs.
There was further Jed success in the 800 metres with Jack Amos racing to victory in 2m 02.70s holding of the late challenge of Amy Armstrong, Edinburgh and Brodie Cowan, Jedburgh.
In the cycling events Alan Clark, Thurso was the man showing early season form with a clean sweep of all four events, 800m, 1600m, 3200m and Deil. Paul Gallacher, Kirkcaldy was runner-up on each occasion. James Melville, Dumbarton had three 3rd places with Dave Mathieson, Newburgh the other.
There were three different winners of the youth cycle races, it was encouraging to see a good field of youth bikes which can hopefully be maintained throughout the season. Erin Oxley, Linlithgow won the 800metres, Alex Ball, Linlithgow the 400m and Dylan Lindsay, Glenrothes the Deil.
Elgin emerged victors in the Tug o War competition beating Moffat Builders in the final,
Published: 2013-05-27 12:42:29