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Ground records for Scott Rider & Lukasz Wenta on opening day at Blackford


Shane Fenton reports from Games Park,Blackford.
Scottish champion Scott Rider showed he is once again going to be the man to beat following a scintillating performance at Blackford Highland Games on Saturday[28th May]. In a field of high quality the standard of throwing was top notch. Rider who has represented England in the shot putt at three Commonwealth Games won both the 16lb and 22lb shot and hammer competitions as well as the 28lb weight for distance and caber.
He was particularly impressive in the hammer competitions, following a life time best throw in the 16lb hammer he went on to break the 16 year old ground record in the 22lb with his throw of 119' 5''  bettering the previous best set by Bruce Aitken in 2001 by 2 inches. Scott was denied the clean sweep of all seven disciplines by Lukasz Wenta who won the final event, the 56lb for height with new ground record of 16.3''. Lukasz had previously held the record jointly with Geoff Capes at 16'.

There was some good competition on the track, in the Open 90 metres there was a Kelso 1 - 2 with John Fleming,  just edging out Connor Gillan with previous winner Cameron Smith,Tullibody in third, Martin Barr and Chloe Mason both East Kilbride AC finished 4th and 5th with Ewan Bradley,Inverness in 6th.

Video of 90m Final

There was further Borders success in the 200 metres where victory went to CameronFisher,Jedburgh who took the tape just ahead of Cameron Smith with former New Year Sprint winner Leigh Marshall, Hawick in 3rd.

There was good fields for the middle distance races with 15 runners in both the 800 and 400, in the latter, Martin Barr emerged from the pack in the home straight to land the spoils from Graeme Gibson, Cowdenbeath with Andrew Thomson,Jedburgh in 3rd. The 800 metres was one of the best races of the day with Ewan Bradley Inverness powering home from Rory Anderson,Hawick and Willie Bates,Tullibody.  Rebecca Burns,Edinburgh AC looked like being the first female winner of the new season as she led round the final bend of the 1600 metres handicap, it was not to be however as she was overhauled 30 metres from the finish by Borders battler Rory Anderson, Burns stayed on for 2nd with Donald Bradley in 3rd.

There was a large turn out of youth runners from the Larkhall AC club and they dominated the three youth races on the card, Madison Murdoch,Larkhall landed a double with victory in both the 90 metres and 200 metres races, in the 90 she broke the tape in 9.43 seconds to deny Sean Bates,Tullibody and Emma Young,Larkhall. Despite running from a reduced handicap in the 200 metres Murdoch hung on for her second win of the day from her rapidly closing club mates Andrew Young and Ross Mitchell. The 800 metres also proved to be a clean sweep for the red vests with Dean Paterson claiming victory from Ellie Thomson and Blair McCauley.

There was six competitors in both the Open and Youth cycle races, the open races saw four different winners, Ian Hepburn,Cairneyhill took the honour of winning the first race of the season with victory in the 800 metres, Ryan Keir,Newburgh took victory in the 1600 metres. There was an exciting finish to the 3200 metres where James Melville out-pedalled backmarker Lewis Champion,Braco, the latter however gained revenge in the Deil tak the Hindmost winning by a wheel from Melville. Games debutant Jamie Penny landed a double in the youth races with wins in both the 800 metres and Deil. Ross Birrel who competed both on two feet and two wheels during the afternoon was the victor in the 1600 metres.

TOW results to follow

Published: 2016-05-28 21:28:18