ROBERTSON EDGES OUT ROSS TO TAKE 1600M TITLE AT PITLOCHRY writes SHANE FENTON.
There was a thrilling finish to the Scottish 1600 metres Championship at Saturday's Pitlochry Highland Games, this was the final counting event in the 2010 SHGA middle distance series of championship events.
Three of the runners Stuart Ross, Victoria Park, Robert Inglis, Lothian RC and Craig Robertson, Pitreavie AC were all in contention for the overall title.
In the early stages of the race on the rain softened yielding going it was Owen Millar, Dunfermline West Fife who led the runners round for the first three laps of the 5 lap race, it was at this stage Inglis, who took the 3200 metres British title at Montrose earlier in the season kicked on, the Lothian runner however couldn't shrug off the attentions of Robertson and British 800 metres champion Ross, and at the bell it was the latter two who forged on.
In a last lap ding dong battle which had the big crowd on their feet, Ross who had bided his time throughout the race made his bid for glory with a furlong to run, as they turned into the 40 metres home straight the Victoria Park man looked set to pounce, it was Robertson however the more experienced grass track runner of the duo who dug deep to break the tape in 4 minutes 48.47 seconds with Ross close up in second and Inglis 30 metres back in third.
In the Open 90 metres handicap Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC [21.5] followed up her previous weeks win at Blairgowrie, despite running from a reduced handicap she still managed to get home ahead of seasoned veterans 72 yearold Jimmy Beattie Kelty [25.5m] and 70 year old John McStewart [26m] in third to win in 9.79 seconds to take the £150 prize.
The Eric Simpson trained trio of Martyn Paterson[26m] Central AC, Michael Burns[32m], Pitreavie AC and Francis Smith[24m], Woodford Green were the first three home in a hotly contested 200 metres handicap, with Paterson edging home in 20.50 seconds.
Despite a stumble at the start 16 year old Euan Dyer Pitreavie AC made good use of his 31 metres start to take the 400 metres handicap ahead of Francis Smith [24m] and Jamie Sinclair Glasgow in third in 49.13 seconds.
A competitive 800 metres handicap was won by Michael Burns [57.5], Torphins, Michael came home in 1minute 57.2 seconds with Craig Robertson[30m] runner up and Borderer Dean Whiteford[87.5m] Innerleithen in third.
Mhairi Inglis,Lothian RC has been the most consistent female athlete on the circuit this summer and she turned in another dogged performance in the 1600 metres handicap, from her start of 255 metres it looked she might hold on in the strength sapping conditions only to be overhauled in the closing stages by John Lowis[150m] DWF, Mhairi managed to repel all other challenges to take second with MV50 Scottish 1500m champion John Thomson[145m] in third.
The winning time for Lowis was 4minutes 36.97.
An Inglis was also runner up in the 3200 metres, with Robert[110m], brother of Mhairi chasing home Owen Millar[235m] who was following up his win of 12 month's earlier running a strong race to win in 10 minutes 06.34 seconds.
There was also good fields for the Youth events, the 90 metres went to Sean Grant,Innerleithen in 10.44 just ahead of TLJT duo James Park[7.5m] and Mhari Henderson[17m]
The girls 400 metres was won to the delight of the appreciative crowd by the smallest girl in the field Hannah Stewart Blackburn who held off all challengers from her start of 125 metres to stop the clock at 51.88 seconds ahead of Claire Reid[90m], Clydebank AC in second with Nicola Kellock[80m] Lothian RC third.
The boys equivalent went to Andrew Nisbett[75m] in 53.09 ahead of Ross Friel Glenrothes and David Campbell[70m] Clydebank AC in third.
In a big field for the 800 metres it was Coranne Miller Inverness who emerged from the pack to win in 1 minute 59.43 seconds, making it a female 1-2-3 were Alice Horsburgh Lothian RC in second and Hannah Stewart in third.
In the S.H.G.A. Youth Relay the quartet from East Kilbride were first home from TLJT, Clydebank A.C . and Pitreavie A.C.
The cyclists found it hard going in the spongy conditions, the opening 800 metres went to Brendan Roe Valleyfield with games debutant Paul Gallagher Kirkcaldy runner up.
The other two races on the card were the 3200 metres scratch championship and Deil tak the Hindmost, both were won by Tim Allan Glenrothes.
by SHANE FENTON
Published: 2010-09-12 20:32:29