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With over £7000 prize money up for grabs it was no surprise to see some keen competition at the 154th Alva Games on Saturday despite the inclement weather.

The final of the Open 90 metres produced a thrilling finish with Jonathan Farrell edging out Sean Harris DWF and Darren Thomson Lothian RC in a photo finish.

The 200 metres went to one of the front markers with Sarah Ross Pitreavie AC holding on from Craig Bell snr Forfar and Michael Burns Pitreavie AC.

Sean Harris made up for just missing out on the 90 metres title by producing a power packed finish to take the 400 metres coming home ahead of Pitreavie AC duo Euan Dyer and Craig Robertson.

After going close in the 800 metres events at the recent Markinch and Newburgh Games Inverness' Donald Bradley at last struck gold by racing to victory and the £150 prize staying on strongly from Craig Bell snr Forfar and Craig Robertson Pitreavie AC.

There was an impressive performance in the 1600 metres from Scottish internationalist Scott McDonald Central AC who cut through the field in impressive fashion to come home ahead of Trevor Johnstone Airdrie and fellow scratch athlete Michael Gillespie.

Both McDonald and Gillespie started the 3200 metres from the -80 metres mark, the penalty proved just to much and McDonald had to settle for the runner's up spot on this occasion behind front marker Trevor Johnstone with Gillespie in fourth, third place went to Borderer Dean Whiteford from Innerleithen.

There was some good competition in the youth events with many giving the Superteams event at Pitreavie a miss, and it was in fact a 10 year old from Pitreavie AC who won his first race on the Games circuit, Ryan Thomson took the 800 metres handicap from debutant 11 year old Erik Mitusch Tullibody with Tony Dolan Clydebank in third, the latter went on to claim victory in the 1600 metres from Pitreavie pair Eilidh Reid and Aiden Thomson.

Falkirk Victoria athlete Douglas Paul went home with £175, not a bad days work for a 15 year old, Paul followed up his midweek double at the Kenmore Games with a treble at the Hillfoots venue with victory in the 90m 20m and 400m handicaps, running from a reduced handicap in the latter two.

There was strong field in the heavy events with overall victory going to Gregor Edmunds Glasgow ahead of Polish brothers Sebastien and Lucasz Wenta.

The British Hill Race Championship was won for the 5th year in succession by Alistair Dunn from Kendal in the Lake District.

Published: 2010-07-11 18:57:26