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Bridge of Allan set to celebrate 168 years.

writes Shane Fenton

The Strathallan meeting in its present form has held a central place in traditional Scottish sport for almost 170 years. The Games are widely recognised as being one of the top Highland games athletic meetings on the calendar, attracting competitors from all over Scotland and further afield. This year is no exception with USA, Canada, France, England, Ireland all represented.

In the heavy events astellar field is all set to contest the SHGA British Championship for which there should also be a multi national line up headed by the recently crowned World champion Vlad Tulacek of the Czech Republic.

The running events are highly popular and always attracts a good entry. There is generous prize money on offer for all events with the top prize of the day being the £600 - the biggest on the SHGA summer circuiy- which  goes to the victor in the Open 90 metres handicap. The race has attacted 42 entrants which will be split into six heats of seven runners. Supporting events will be run over 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m and 3200 metres.

The Youths' 90m will also be divided into six heats over two different age groups. The age group split over four events guarantees 48 prizes for Youth competitors which can only be good.The Youth events has been boosted by good entries from the Leithenburn club in the Borders and Clydesdale AC. The Youth age groups are 9-12 and 13-15 with races over 90m, 200m, 400m and 800m.

The jumping events are again proving to be popular on the circuit this summer with National and ground records being broken. B of A has long and triple jump events on the card.

17 bikers are entered to contest the four events which will be run over 800m, 1600m, 3200m and Deil tak the Hindmost. Wrestling is also popular ar Strathallan Park with two Scottish Championships set to be decided. There is also a Pipe Band contest and Highland Dancing competition.

Up until 1956 the Strathallan meeting was a traditional games with money prizes, then from 1957 till 1998 it affiliated to the amateur sports organizations and all the track and field events came under the auspices of the Scottish A.A.A.
In 1993 athletics in Scotland became 'Open' allowing amateurs and professionals to compete in the same events and races, it was however 6 years later in 1999 before the games affiliated to the S.H.G.A..

Published: 2019-08-02 17:33:25