HOT COMPETITION AT SUNNY CUPAR writes Shane Fenton
The competition was as hot as the weather at a sun kissed Duffus Park for the Cupar Highland Games on Saturday.
The 100 metres sprint handicap saw Kevin Eddy, Kelty follow up his win at Markinch the week before by racing to victory in 10.00 secs holding off the challenge of backmarker Tony Daffrun, Coatbridge and David Agnew, Dunfermline.
Daffrun, who is a leading long and triple jumper got his revenge in the 200 metres handicap by edging out Eddy who had been penalised 2 metres for his win in the 100m
Former New Year sprint winner Martyn Paterson, Central AC timed his run to perfection to take the tape in the 400 metres handicap with his time of 47.90s good enough to see off the challenge of both runner up David Agnew and 3rd placed Willie Bates,Tullibody.
There was female success in the 800 metres with Rebecca Burns,Pitreavie AC making good use of her 160 metres handicap to come home ahead of Wallace McGowan,Sauchie and Willie Bates,Tullibody.
Borderer Dean Whiteford made the long journey from Innerleithen up to Fife a profitable one with a good win in the 1600 metres handicap, Craig Bell,Forfar put in a determined challenge but had to settle for the runners up spot with Euan Paton, Fife AC who was making his games debut in 3rd place.
In the Youth's 90m Dylan Lindsay, Glenrothes got up on the line to deny Lauren Thomson, Fife AC and Euan Smith, Central AC. The latter was again 3rd in the Youth's 200 metres where victory went to Dylan Thomson, Pitreavie AC with Rory McAllister, Central AC runner up.
Thomson went on to make it a double with victory in the Youth's 800 metres with his club mate Connor Allan in 2nd place and games debutany Finlay Bailey, Ceres in 3rd.
The fast and firm going made for some excellent racing in the cycle events, the four races were won by four different riders, Ian Hepburn, Cairneyhill won the 800m, Steve Jackson, Glasgow the 1600m and Matthew Ball, Linlithgow the 3200m. The Deil tak the Hindmost was the race of the day with Gregor Brown, Paisley winning by the width of a tyre over Derek Shaw, Edinburgh with Steve Jackson, Glasgow 3rd.
In the Youth's cycling, where there have been excellent turn out's this season, Brook Dettlaff, High Valleyfield won her first ever race on the games circuit with victory in the 800 metres with Dylan Lindsay who has been prolific on both foot and bike winning the 1600 metres.
In the heavy events there was a good competition between Bruce Robb, Lukasz Wenta and Craig and Grant Sinclair with the Pole Wenta emerging as the overall victor.[Full results to follow]