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Action all the way as Glamis enjoys sunshine after the rain.


Shane Fenton reports from GLAMIS CASTLE

Following a few hefty showers prior to events getting underway the skies soon cleared and Strathmore Highland Games held within the salubrious grounds of Glamis Castle enjoyed a warm and mostly sunny afternoon.

The running and cycling events enjoyed their biggest entry for a number of years. There was an amazing entry of 26 cyclists 16 in Open competition and 10 youths, the Games only introduced the latter this year to encourage young bikers on to the circuit and they were well rewarded.

Both the Open and junior heavy events were well supported by competitors and competition was keen.

The running events were well contested, the Open 90 metres final featured athletes who have shown good early season form, victory went to Cameron Smith, Central AC who edged out his club mate Kieran Halliday who was also runner up the previous week at Markinch. Blackford winner Fraser McDonald Dingwall was close up in third.Lewis Hunter,Euan Smith and David Allan completed the final line up. The Youth 90m saw Steven Bates, Tullibody snatch victory from the fast finishing Kyle McFarlane Pitreavie AC with Charlie Farndon, Strathearn Harriers in 3rd. Hannah Steel, Lothian RC, Lucy Nuttall, Anstruther and Erin McFarlane Pitreavie AC filled the minor berths.

The Open 200 metres saw victory go to David Allan Balloch who held off the challenge of father and son Cammy and Euan Smith.

Kyle McFarlane Pitreavie AC is another runner who has made a good start to the season and he claimed the Youth 200 metres from Steven Bates and Hannah Steel Lothian RC.

It was good to see double figure fields for both the Open 800 metres and 1600 metres handicaps and half a dozen runners in the 3200 metres.

Sean Bates, Tullibody emerged from the pack to win the 800 metres handicap from David Allan Balloch and Wallace McGown, Sauchie. The 1600 metres saw Finlay Murray East Sutherland a high ranked middle distance runner produce a fine run from the back mark to take the tape ahead of Willie Bates, Tullibody and Craig Bell, Forfar.

Craig Bell had to settle for another minor prize in the Open 3200 metres handicap as he chased home his daughter Angela who strode out majestically from the front to record a local success, backmarker Finlay Murray made relentless progress to come through and finish in third place.Murray a former winner of the SHGA Scottish 800 metres championship completed a good day by storming to victory in the Open 400 metres handicap ahead of Graeme Gibson DWF and David Allan Balloch.

One of the best performances of the day came from Archie Suttie Anstruther who followed up his win from Markinch the previous week with victory in the Youth's 1600 metres handicap, the Fifer set a relentless pace from gun to tape to come home a clear winner from Erin McFarlane Pitreavie AC and Jamie Anderson, Anstruther with Hannah Steel Lothian RC in fourth.

The cyclists had to endure sticky underwheel conditions owing to the rain earlier in the day. It didn't deter Scottish champion Charles Fletcher who won all 5 races on the card, a total of 11 and a half miles. Starting from the backmark in each race and having to work his way through the big fields of bikers Fletcher thrilled the big crowd with his exploits. Each race he was pulled further back and his rivals moved up but that could not stop the Grantown on Spey rider from landing a five timer on the afternoon.

The 800 metres Youth handicap saw Ross Easthaugh, Grampian Tigers win his first ever race, Roubens Thomson made it a club double as he battled back after being passed by backmarker Issac Small, Gauldry to snatch victory on the line in the 1600 metres.

I still await the full heavy event and Tug o War results. Lukasz Wenta East Kilbride emerged as the overall winner and also landed the Scottish Caber title. Vladislav Tulacek, Czech Republic set a new ground record of 16' 3'' in the 56lb Weight over the Bar, he then went on to have 3 attempts at the SHGA World record of 17' 3'' but just failed on each occasion.

Published: 2019-06-09 22:27:12