The popularity of the Kenmore Highland Games continued with increases in both competitors and spectators.
The event becoming known as the Kenmore Grand Prix is the only evening fixture on the circuit and and sees all the action crammed into three hours, the running track was one of the best you will see on the circuit and the local committee and officials claimed it was the best evening of athletics they had seen since the games were first staged 38 years ago.
The 90 metres handicap needed to be run off in three heats and in the Grand final it saw backmarker Gregor Thorpe East Kilbride AC get up on the line to snatch victory from frontmarker Sam Bates Tullibody and Amy Clancy Peebles.
The two other races on the card the Open 400 metres and 800 metres Handicaps were dominated by athletes from Fife club's, in the 400 metres Craig Robertson Pitreavie AC running at his home games timed his run to perfection to collar Dunfermline West Fife duo Graeme Gibson and Owen Millar.
The 800 metres however saw Gibson gain revenge to take the tape in 1m 55.56 with Robertson runner up and John Lowis jnr DWF in third in what was a strongly contested event with 12 runners in the line up.
In the Youth events Douglas Paul DWF continued his current good run with a double, in the Youth's 90 metres handicap final he held off the late challenges of both Jonothon Faulds Falkirk Victoria and Lewis Hutton Arbroath AC.
Paul made it a double in the Youth's 400 metres with a cheeky win over Faulds with Craig Stephens DWF in third.
Anyone who took the very short betting in running odds on Stephens in the Youth's 800 metres got their fingers well and truly burned, young Craig looked all set to win his first ever race as he held a 40 metres lead with only a 100 to run however the legs began to go and he was overhauled close home by debutant Ross Frail from Glenrothes who conjured up a sprint in the home straight to win in 2m 13s.
The Kenmore Hill Race is one of the most gruelling on the circuit and was won once again by Ian Anderson with Darren Kelly triumphing in the Junior version.
There was a good turn out of competitors for both the Open and Perthshire heavy event contests, in the Open category Bruce Robb emerged as the overall champion winning five disciplines with Craig Sinclair runner-up and Sinclair Patience third.
SHANE'S GAMES HIGHLIGHT
The sight of young Ross Frail coming from way off the pace to collar Craig Stephen in the home straight in the youth's 800.
Published: 2009-07-03 21:52:50