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Big crowd witness great day of action at Blairgowrie

SHANE FENTON reports from Bogles Field.

With Bogles Field was bathed in warm autumnal sunshine Blairgowrie Highland Games enjoyed one of their biggest crowds in a number of years.

The track and field events attracted good numbers for both the running and cycling while the heavy events saw competitions for the juniors, Open male & female and Perthshire.

After having to endure a few previous games where the tracks have been far from ideal owing to the wet and muddy conditions the competitors were happy to see Bogles Field in good condition and some fine competition ensued.

The Open 90 metres handicap which carries a top prize of £100 was run off in 4 heats with the winners and a fastest loser contesting the final. In a thrilling finish Cameron Smith Central AC got up on the line to deny TLJT duo Sarah Ross and Natasha Turnbull. Clydesdale pair Emily Paxton and David Allan finished close up in 4th and 5th.

There was a Clydesdale 1 – 2 in the final of the Youths' 90 metres final with Declan Osbourne producing a great run from the backmark to pip his training companion Daniel Docherty with SHGA Youth sprint league leader Kyle McFarlane Pitreavie AC in third place.

The Open 200 metres produced another close finish with the camera determining that Daniel Paxton Hawick had broke the tape ahead of Euan Smith Central AC with Samantha Turnbull TLJT in third place.

There was further Clydesdale success in the Youths' 200 metres with Kenzie McIntosh showing good pace down the slope to the finish line to prevail from Steven Bates Tullibody with Kyle McFarlane once again third.

The Open 400 metres saw a bit of 'argy bargy' on the final bend with Emily Paxton who was in a challenging position caming off worse after appearing to be knocked into by Ewen Bradley Inverness who went on to win the race.

The Open 800 metres attracted a field of 12 starters and it was Rory Dowd, Oban who came through the field to claim the first prize ahead of David Allan Clydesdale AC and Dean Whiteford Innerleithen

Both the Open 1600 metres and 3200 metres handicaps were won in good style by Scottish internationalist James Espie Deeside Runners. Both times he came through the field from the backmark. In the 1600m he was chased home by Rory Dowd and Sean Bates. The latter looked like winning the 3200m only to be overhauled in the last 200 metres by Espie who ran from the 40m mark. Dean Whiteford stayed on strongly to take 3rd place.Was good once again to see a double figure field for the 3200m. Espie was completing a treble following his win in the Hill Race, he was completing a weekend hill race double having won at Braemar the previous day. Angela Bell excelled to win the Women's Hill Race finishing 2nd overall behind Espie.

There was a family double in Youths' 800 metres and 1600 metres handicaps. In 800 metres Anna Suttie Anstruther broke clear of the field to come home ahead of games debutant Ben Anderson St Andrews with Erin McFarlane Pitreavie AC in third. The latter was then runner up in the 1600 metres when this time victory went to Archie Suttie Anstruther, the brother of the aforementioned Anna. Steven Bates finished in third place.

There was a total of 14 cyclists in action, 8 in the Open competition and 6 in the Youths'. The opening two races were won by Paul Gallacher Kirkcaldy. In a close finish the Fifer crossed the line just ahead of backmarker Charles Fletcher Grantown on Spey with Flora Gillies Peebles in third.The 1600 metres saw Edward Fletcher chase Gallacher home with Davy Mathieson Newburgh in third. The remaining two races the 3200 metres handicap and Deil tak the Hindmost were won by Charles Fletcher who for the first time on the games circuit this season was sporting his newly won British top after clinching the British 800 metres Championship down South the previous week.In the 3200m he got up close home to deny Paul Gallacher a treble with his brother Edward in third.

The same trio fought out the final lap of the Deil with Charles coming out on top from Edward and Paul.

The Youth 800m cycle saw a Grampian Tigers 1 – 2, with Reubens Thomson crossing the line a length ahead of Declan Sangster with Victor Atkinson Muir of Ord in third place. Sangster went one place better to win the 1600m staying on strongly down the straight to deny fast finishing backmarker Issac Small Deeside.with Reubens Thomson in third.

In the heavy events, the Open competition was dominated by Lukasz Wenta and Kyle Randalls who won four disciplines apiece. Lukasz won the 16lb and 22lb shot putt 56lb weight for distance and Caber

Kyle came out on top in the 56lb weight for height, 28lb weight for distance as well as the 16lb and 22lb hammers. Jamie Dawkins finished second in the two hammers with David Coltart, Stuart Anderson, and Pete Hart also among the minor place prizes.

In the Junior heavy events John Shanks was the victor in the Hammer and Weight for Distance and shared first place in the Caber with James Ramsay, the latter earlier won the shot putt. Byron Hart finished in third place in all four disciplines.

Published: 2019-09-08 22:52:22