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Rain fails to dampen spirits at Scone

SHANE FENTON reports from Scone Palace

Despite the rain persisting all afternoon it didn't detract the from the quality of entertainment on offer for the crowds who braved the elements to support the Perth Highland Games. The games was being staged at Scone Parklands in the shadow of the Palace and Racecourse for the first time since 2001. Track and field events, tug o war, drum majors, pipe band, highland dancing and solo piping competitions all took place at times in unison.

Two SHGA Championship titles were up for grabs, the Scottish 90m running and 1000 metres cycling. The 90m title went to 16 year old Douglas Young of Kelso who edged out previous winner Greg Turnbull,TLJT with Fraser Neil,Kelso in third. The cycle championship went to Charles Fletcher,Grantown on Spey, this was the Cairgorm riders fourth title of the season following wins in the 800m,1600m and 8000m.

The top prize of the day is the £200 which goes to the winner of the Open 90 metres and it produced a female winner in the shape of Samantha Turnbull,Peebles, who tenaciously held off her challengers to break the tape ahead of Fraser Neil and Tommy Finkle,TLJT.

Lily Simon,Pitreavie AC has now run at two games and had two wins, she followed up her Youth 800m win at Bridge of Allan the previous week with victory in the Youth 90m at Scone, striding out in good fashion to come home ahead of frontmarker Lewis Fleming,Kelso and backmarker Gaspard Lecrivain Aberdeen AC.

The brothers Lecrivain both claimed wins in their respective 800 metres races, in the Open event Edouard showed good form to power home from backmarker Colin Welsh,Kelso and Ewen Bradley,Inverness. The youth 800 metres had the biggest field of the day and it produced a good race with Gaspard Lecrivain working his way through the field to take the top prize from Borders duo Aaron Glendinning,Leithenburn and Matty Fleming,Kelso. Andrew Gibson,Bo'ness came home a wide margin winner of the Open 1600 metres, he was chased over the finish line by fellow veteran John Thomson,Glenrothes with Edouard Lecrivain in third. The latter was also in the frame in 2nd place in the Open 3200 metres which was won by Fraser Logan,Central AC who was following up his win 7 days prior at Bridge of Allan,. Rebecca Burns stayed on well to take third place.

The Youth 1600 metres saw a Pitreavie AC 1 – 2 with victory going to Ruby McNair who held on from the front mark to cross the line ahead of her club mate Caleb McLeod with Steven Bates,Tullibody in third.

Despite competing at his 5th games in the space of five days Ewen Bradley still looked fresh as he stormed down the home straight to take out the Open 400 metres as he held off the challenges of Callum Ledham,Dundee Hawkhill and Greg Turnbull TlLJT. The previous day Bradley had landed a seven-timer at the Strathpeffer Games with wins in the 90,200,400,800,LJ,HJ, and TJ.

The opening cycle event of the day the 1600 metres was won by local rider Paul Anderson,Perth from Stuart Burke,Limeliklns and Davy Mathieson,Newburgh.The remainder of the day belonged to Charles Fletcher who scored wins in the 3200m,4800m and Deil tak the Hindmost events as well as the aforementioned Scottish 1000m.The placed prizes went to Paul Gallacher,Kirkcaldy,Ryan Kier.Newburgh,James Melville,Alexandria Gavin Shirley,Castle Douglas.

Still awaiting

All the top heavy event competitors contested the various disciplines to the delight of the crowds, still awaiting full results, same applies to the enthralling tug o war competition which took place in the adverse conditions.

Published: 2018-08-12 21:22:17