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Three cyclists were involved in a dramatic pile up at Newburgh Highland Games on Saturday. The incident on the final lap of the Scottish 4800 metres Championship saw Wick rider Lewis Oliphant being lifted from the track by an ambulance and taken to hospital in Perth with a broken collar-bone and bad cut to his leg.
With just over 200 metres of the 15 lap race to run the lead riders Tim Allan, Glenrothes, Lewis Oliphant and Brendan Roe, Valleyfield were about to lap Frank Morris, Glenrothes, the latter moved wide to let them through, the leading trio however failed to anticipate this and as a result went straight into him and in the mayhem Morris, Allan and Oliphant all ended up on the grass.
This left Brendan Roe to go on and record a somewhat facile victory, Allan who was going for a third title in as many weeks following wins at Markinch and Strathmore managed to remount and finish in fourth place.

It had been a good day for Glenrothes rider's until then with Allan winning the 800 metres handicap and Darren Howitt winning his first race of the season in the 1600 metres handicap.
Evan Oliphant the brother of the unfortunate Lewis won the remaining two races, the 3200 metres handicap and Deil tak the Hindmost.

All three youth cycle races including the Scottish 800 metres championship were won by Craig Fletcher, Grantown on Spey.

In the athletic events there was a close finish to the Open 90 metres handicap with Darren Thomson[7], Lothian Running Club edging out Kevin Eddy[11], Kelty and Scottish hurdles internationalist Francis Smith[3.25] Pitreavie AC breaking the tape in 9.76 seconds. In the 200 metres former New Year Sprint winner Cumbie Bowers[20], Glenrothes made his seasonal debut and finished runner up in the Open 200 metres handicap behind winner Ewan McCombie[16] from Edinburgh who won in 22.29.
Victory in the 400 metres went to first season senior Craig Bell jnr[16] in 55.22.
Robert Inglis[70], Lothian RC took the 800metres in 1:54.40 ahead of Don Bradley[80] Inverness and Barry Davie[135], Pitreavie AC, the latter was the winner of the 1600 metres crossing the line in 4:24.97 with Bradley[140] again runner up and Trevor Johnstone[240] third and backmarker Robert Inglis[75] fourth. 

In the Youth events the good start to the season by Ross Friel, Glenrothes continued with victory in both the 90 and 200 metres handicaps. in the 90 he burst through from the 13 metre mark to take the tape ahead of female duo Bethany Nelson[22.5], Lothian RC and Elidh Reid[17.5], Pitreavie AC.
Running from a reduced handicap of 20 metres in the 200 metres Friel again proved too good getting up to win in 24.55 with games debutant Leah Davie[48] Pitreavie AC runner and Elidh Reid[37] again third.

It turned out to be a good first games for Leah Davie who won both the Youth' 800 and 1600 metres handicaps, the 10 year old took the 800 from the 205 metre mark ahead of Hannah Stewart[230] Lothian Running RC second and Connor Morris, Dunfermline West Fife AC third. Despite being 'pulled' 20 metres to 300 metres in the 1600 Leah held on from backmarker Aiden Thomson[120] Pitreavie AC in 4:44.45 with Hannah Stewart in third.

There was a good turnout of eight heavy event athletes and it saw the first appearance of the new season of reigning Scottish champion Sebastien Wenta of Poland and his brother Lukasz, Sebastien, a former World Stongest Man runner-up won all but one of the disciplines the 22lb hammer which went to Steven Aitken Middlesborough.

Shane Fenton.

Published: 2010-06-20 22:06:17