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Inverkeithing set to bring curtain down on Fife season


The curtain comes down on another Highland games season in Fife this Saturday with the Inverkeithing Games all set to take place on the Ballast Bank. In a flash 9 weeks have come and gone since the opening meeting of the Kingdom campaign at Markinch.

This will also be the final time athletes can collect points towards the Fife leagues. It;s still to play for with the top three places in many still up for grabs.

A full programme of Highland Dancing, Running, Cycling, Heavy Events, Tug o War as well as a competitions for Pipe Bands, Solo Piping and Drum Majors is lined up to entertain the crowds throughout the afternoon.

The cycle events are always a highlight at Inverkeithing, the Ballast Bank 400 metres red ash track is the only one on the circuit that that gives the specialist grass track riders the opportunity to change gears and compete on a faster, slicker under-tyre surface. It's a bit liket the 'horses for courses' adage in that many of the riders who may excel on the grass aren't guaranteed to do so well on the faster surface, while others find it to their liking. The races are difficult to handicap and inavariably throw up a shock result as has been the case in the past, There is a big entry of 16 riders so fast competitive racing should be guaranteed. The games now stages two SHGA Championships over 4,800 metres and 6,400 metres, there is also handicaps over 800 metres and 1600 metres as well as a Deil tak the Hindmost. The Youth bikers have three events including the SHGA 800 metres championship, a 1600 metres handicap and a Deil.

The top prize in the running events will go to the winner of the 90 metres handicap, there will be supporting handicaps  over 200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m. The Youth runners will have the same events with the exception of the 400m.

The heavy events are always a major attraction at any games and Inverkeithing will be no different with the strongmen and possibly women set to contest the seven disciplines on the ptogramme.

Fun races for the childeren will take place midway through the afternoon.

Open events commence at 12.30pm.

Published: 2019-08-01 21:03:57