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Athletes prepared to 'Jump to It' at Loch Lomond writes Shane Fenton

A thrilling day of track and field action is in prospect this Saturday as Balloch prepares to stage the annual Loch Lomond Highland Games at the Moss O' Balloch Park

Most of the top heavy event competitors in Scotland along with a strong contingent from the rest of the World will do battle for the SHGA World Championship.Lukasz Wenta will be looking to defend the title while Londoner Scott Rider will be bidding to be champion for a fifth time.
There is eight different disciplines in this event. Putting the 16lb and 22lb pound stones, the 16lb and 22lb Hammer,the 28lb ball and chain for distance,56lb weight for distance,and 56lb weight over the bar and Tossing the Caber.

The jumping events have been boosted with a quality field of top ranked competitors.SHGA Long and Triple Jump record holder Allan Hamilton,Edinburgh AC will be joined by 2017 SHGA Athlete of the Year Tony Daffurn,Harrow and Aidan Quinn,Shettleston who are currently second and third in the Scottish Athletics triple jump rankings. Also declared is Scotland's greatest ever pole vaulter Jax Thoirs,Glasgow City.

This quartet are among nine runners entered for the SHGA Scottish 80 metres Championship, among those joining them will be recent Ceres Sprint winner Praise Olatoke,Kilbarchan and current New Year Sprint champion Calum McWilliam,East Kilbride AC. There will be three heats in the Open 90m handicap and the runners will also have races over 200m,400m,800m,1600m and 3200m. The Youth runners are also catered for with a 90m,200m and 800m.

Unfortunately, similar to the previous week, due to unavoidable fixture clashes the cyclists will be split, thankfully this season there is enough competitors to support two games on the same day. The bikers will contest four races on the card over 800m,1600m,3200m as well as a Deil tak the Hindmost.

The games also stage a full programme of wrestling,solo piping and highland dancing.

Published: 2018-07-12 22:26:06