With in the region of £9000 in prize money on offer as well as two British titles and a Scottish title up for grabs it was no surprise to see a number of Scotland's top ranked male and female athletes in action at the Oban Games on Thursday afternoon.
The Oban event stages seperate races for the male's and females and most are scratch events.
A field of 12 lined up for the British 800 metres Championship which produced a thrilling finish in a front of a big crowd, it saw Scotland's top ranked 2 lap runner Stuart Ross Victoria Park come with a late surge to overhaul Craig Robertson Pitreavie AC with Kevin Kane Inverclyde and Ross Mathieson Lasswade AC close up in 2nd 3rd and 4th.
Ross recorded a good grass track time of 1:59.10
The Women's 800 was also a British Championship and it saw Lothian Running Club's Sarah Inglis who reprsented Great Britain at this year World Cross Country Championships retain her title with her twin sister Mhairi in 2nd place and Natalie Sharp Kilbarchan in 3rd.
The Scottish 3200 metres Championship was won in impressive fashion by Andrew Douglas Edinburgh eventually breaking the resistance of Ross Mathieson Lasswade AC with Kevin Kane in 3rd.
On what would turn out to be a great afternoon for Sarah Inglis she took the womens title coming home a comfortable winner in 11:24.41 from Natalie Sharp and Christina Rankin Kilbarchan.
The 1600 metres saw victory again go to Douglas 4:34.32 with Mathieson, Kane, Robert Inglis and Stuart Ross filling the minor prize money places.
Sarah Inglis made it three wins on the day when she broke the tape in 5:23.64. with sister Mhairi runner up and Natalie Sharp in third.
Martin Paterson showed impressive form to land a hat trick of wins in the sprint events, he took the British 100 metres title in 11.32 from Sean Harris, Crosshill and David Watson Glasgow. Paterson again excelled in the Scottish 150 metres Championship winning in 17.45 with Harris again 2nd and Craig Stewart Kilbarchan in 3rd.
Paterson completed a profitable day with a win in the 400 metres coming home ahead of Stuart Ross and Craig Robertson.
Amy Clancy Peebles did the Women's sprint double, in the 100 metres championship she stopped the watch at 12.32 ahead of Hayley Steward from Somerset and Holly Belch Kilbarchan.
Clancy failed to replicate Paterson of doing the treble when she had to settle for 4th place in the 400 metres where victory went to Holly Belch with Olivia O'Hare Edinbrgh AC in second and Mhairi Inglis 3rd. The winners time being 64.13.
There were big fields for the Hill Race, victory in the Mens event went to Hector Haines Edinburgh Uni H & H with Lochabers Tom Smith in 2nd and Robert Inglis Lothian RC 3rd and Kevin Kane 4th.
The womens race was won in a new record time by Nicola Meekin Lochaber with Sarah Inglis who fitted this race in between her track victory's in 2nd and Christina Rankin 3rd.
Published: 2010-08-28 21:04:10