MARKINCH GAMES REPORT, By SHANE FENTON
RECORDS TUMBLE AT MARKINCH writes Shane Fenton.
Despite far from ideal conditions due to a bitterly cold breeze there were some impressive performances in the heavy events at Sunday's Markinch Highland Games, none more so than a new World Record in the 28lb Weight for Distance competition by Gregor Edmunds. The previous record set also at Markinch in 1997 by Frances Brebner stood at 92' 7'.
Gregor however confined those figures to the history books by launching the 28lb weight out to a massive 95' 10''.
Experienced heavies judge Alec Webster confirmed the distance and it was then verified by the SHGA general council representatives who were on duty on the day, the weight has now been confirmed as being 28lbs.
The Glaswegian started the day with ground records in both the 16lb and 22lb Shot Putt events, and then ensured he would be the overall winner with another first in the 56lb Weight for Distance.
Bruce Robb was also in winning form and claimed a double with wins in both the Caber and 56lb Weight for Height.
Craig Sinclair was victorious in the 22lb Hammer competition. Nine competitors in all took part in a competitive afternoon of throwing.
The Open 90 metres handicap saw the £200 first prize go to Gregor Thorpe, East Kilbride AC who came through from the 8.5 metres mark to pip Ian McDonald, Central AC and Kevin Eadie Kelty in a time of 9.86 seconds.
McDonald also had to settle for the runners up spot in the Open 200 metres where victory went to 16 year old Dylan Ali from Hawick who was making his senior debut, Dylan broke the tape in 20.37 seconds.
Scott Robertson[38m] Stirling produced a strong run to take the Open 400 metres with last weeks Blackford 1600m winner Chris Black[90m] Kelso running another good race to land the Open 800 metres in 1.55.09.
There was another Borders winner in the Open 1600m with Derek Scott[220m] holding off backmarker Mark Haskett[35m] Aberdeen.
A ding dong tussle ensued in the Open 3200m between backmarkers Andrew Chrighton[60m] C of E and Shettleston's Lachlan Oates[75m], however when the Davie Campbell trained Chrighton opened up with just over a lap to go he soon put the race to bed.
There was some good sprinting in the Youth's events from the Border challengers, there were three boys and three girls in the Youth's 90 metres final with victory going to one of the latter with Natalie Robertson, Hawick taking the tape from a start of 23.5 metres.
Cameron Grieve was impressive in winning both the Youths 90 metres and 400 metres from the backmark. He was the also the winner of the new overall points trophy the'Markinch Boys Memorial Shield' in commemoration of the five Markinch boys killed in the Ibrox disaster 40 years ago.
Pitreavie AC duo Connor Morris and Aiden Thomson followed up their wins from 12 months ago in the 800m and 1600m respectively, running from the 140 mark Connor recorded a time of 2.03.12 with Aiden stopping the watch at 4.42.47.
Conditions were ideal for the cyclists on the fast John Dixon Park circuit and local rider Tim Allan Glenrothes was on fire winning three of the four races.
Allan won the 1600 metres handicap, Deil tak the Hindmost as well as the feature event for the bikers the 8000 metres Scottish Championship, the latter race was marred when four of the riders came down after one of them clipped a track marker peg. The other race on the card, the Fife 800 metres Championship went to Swedish rider Hans Forshaug in a blanket finish.
Published: 2011-06-06 21:56:49