preview by SHANE FENTON
A thrilling day of athletics action is in store this Saturday as Balloch prepares to stage the annual Loch Lomond Highland Games.
Most of the top throwers in Scotland along with a strong contingent from the rest of the World will do battle for the SHGA World Championship.Londoner Scott Rider will be bidding to take the title for a fifth successive year.
There is eight different disciplines in this event. Throwing the 16 and 22 pound stones for distance, the 16 and 22 pound Scotch Hammer for distance,the 28 pound ball and chain for distance,56 pound weight for distance,and 56 pound weight over the bar and Tossing the Caber.
On the track the games has been boosted with a quality field for the middle distance events with three Scottish internationalists entered to contest the 800mts,1600mts and 3200 metres handicaps.
Luke Traynor,Giffnock, Scott McDonald and Aidan Thopmpson both Central AC have all won on their only games' appearances this season, Thompson did the 1600m and 3200m double at Markinch, McDonald who was making his first track appearance anywhere for 2 years won the 3200m at Alva last week. Traynor,who only has Andy Butchart above him in the 10,000 metres rankings landed a treble of 400mts,800mts and 1600mts on his games seasonal debut at Lorne[Oban] last month. This will be the first occasion all three have competed at the same meeting this campaign.
Add in further previous winners this season, Tyler White,Aberdeen AC and Fraser Logan, Belgrave and an exciting days racing is in prospect.
The highlight for the sprinters will be the SHGA Scottish 80 metres Championship, the line up includes, reigning SHGA 90m champion Greg Turnbull, Jedburgh, former CERF winner Craig Knowles,Edinburgh AC, New Year sprint finalist for the past two years Callum McWilliams,East Kilbride as well as his club mate Colin Campbell who was 90m runner up at Alva last Saturday. Former Scottish hurdles champion Calum Innes,VP Glasgow along with Inverclyde duo Finlay Burnside and Shaun Tonner complete the seven runner line up, the latter was a New Year 90m bronze medalist on the last day of 2016.
The Open 90m will be run off in four heats. The Youths' 90m will have three heats with a strong representation from the local Clydesdale Harriers club.
10 cyclists will contest the four races on the card headed by last weeks Scottish 3200 metres champion Charles Fletcher,Grantown on Spey. The bikers have races over 800m,1600m,3200m as well as a Deil tak the Hindmost.
Published: 2017-07-13 11:01:44