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Females to the fore on the red ash writes Shane Fenton


Shane Fenton reports from the BALLAST BANK

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It was the female sprinters who appeared to act best on the red ash surface of the Ballast Bank at today's Inverkeithing Highland Games with a 1 - 2 in both the finals of the Open and Youyh's 90 metres Handicaps and a win in the Open 200 metres.

Victory and a prize of £250 went to Pitreavie AC's Sarah Ross[24m] who strode out well to win the Open 90 metres Handicap in 9.90s, frontmarker Wendy Nicol[27m], Dunfermline Track & Field Club, who is the mother of GB international Gemma, plugged on well to take the runners up prize with Kerr Gerrard, Selkirk[9.5m] finishing strongly in third place.

Amy Clancy[38m], Peebles showed her liking of the rare underfoot conditions to turn in one of her best performances of the season to win the Open 200 metres Handicap in 21.23s, veteran Bruce Scott[40m] TLJT finished runner-up with the consistent Billy Martin[20m] Glenrothes in third.

The Youths 90 metres Handicap saw further Borders success with Natasha Turnbull,Peebles[20] landing the £50 prize breaking the tape in 10.66 s ahead of Fife duo Sinead Steel[30m] Crossgates and Billy Doyle[20m] Pitreavie AC.

The £1000 prize for anyone breaking the 4 minute mark in the Jim Fraser Memorial Mile will acrue bank interest for another year, victory in the race went to Colin Welsh ,Kelso in 4 minutes 35.17 seconds, the Borderer proved too strong for Andrew Chrighton, Edinburgh AC and Pitreavie's Aiden Thomson who filled the minor berths..

There was local success in the Open 400 metres Handicap with David Agnew[30m], Dunfermline powering down the home straight to win in 48.66 seconds from Willie Bates,[43m] Tullibody and Robbie Shirra-Gibb[32m] St Boswells.

Wallace McGown[120m] Sauchie was the victor in the 800 metres in 1m 54.75s.

Father and son Wayne and Jason McIntosh both returned to Kelso £100 better off, Wayne triumphed in the Open 1600m Handicap after a ding dong battle down the stretch with veteran John Thomson, Coaltown of Balgonie, both started from the 190m mark, Dean Whiteford[150m] claimed 3rd place, Wayne's winning time was 4 minutes 4m 20.86s.

Running from the backmark of 18m in the Youth's 200m Handicap, Jason McIntosh battled through the field to snatch victory from Billy Doyle[42m] Pitreavie AC and Campbell McNaughton[26m] Annan.

Pitreavie runners dominated both the Youth's 800m and 1600m Handicaps, Dylan Thomson followed up his win the previous week at Airth by racimg to victory in the 800m in 1:50.50 with Ryan Thomson winning the 1600m in 4:50.10.

The firmer ash surface suited the bikers who produced some thrilling finishes, none more so than in the 6400 metres Scottish Championship where Craig Hardie from along the road in Dalgety Bay prevailed in a duel with Gordon Murdoch, East Kilbride. Murdoch gained some consolation with victory in the 1600 metres. Dougie Shaw, Edinburgh landed a 3200m and Deil double with Ian Hepburn, Cairneyhill victor in the 800m.

There was an international field in the throwing events, full results not to hand but the overall winner was Lukasz Wenta from Poland who edged out his brother Sebastien.

See Sharon's excellent album of photos from the event

Published: 2013-08-04 01:16:07