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Rider reclaims World Caber title on record breaking day at Inveraray

SHANE FENTON reports from Inveraray Castle

On a record breaking day at Inveraray Highland Games Scott Rider of London reclaimed the World Caber Championship title. In front of a big crowd in Winterton Park in the shadow of Inveraray Castle he emerged as the champion from a field of 10 competitors. Rider was reclaiming the title which he leld from 2013 up to last year[2016 shared with Sebastien Wenta] when it was won by Lorne Colthart. The Londoner who finished runner up in the SHGA World Heavy Events Championship behind Lukasz Wenta at Loch Lomond Games three days earlier just missed out on a new ground record in the 28lb weight for distance by 2 inches.

In winning the 22lb hammer contest Murdo Masterson,Dunbeg set a new World under-20, record with his throw of 117' 3'' bettering his previous mark of 113' 7'' set at Blackford Games at the end of May. The record was ratified by the SHGA officials following the event.

There was excellent compwtition among the jumpers with two new ground records being set.

Scottish Athletics pole vault record holder Jax Thoirs VP Glasgow leapt out to 21' 7'' to set new figures in the Long Jump, then in the Triple Jump Aidan Quinn,Kilbarchan produced a might effort to break the sand at 47' 2.5'' to rewrite the recod book.

The High Jump was won by Praise Olatoke,Kilbarchan with a jump of 1.77m.

Olatoke was also runner up in the 90 metres handicap which was won by Ben Coates Edinburgh AC for the third year in succession. Lee Goodfellow Earlston finished third. The latter went one place better in the 200 metres when he was snared in the shadow of the winning post by Jax Thoirs with Rory Anderson Hawick in third.

Blair Crawford,Glasgow City ptoduced a fine run from the backmark to win the 400 metres from Colin Welsh Kelso and Matthew Turner Shettleston. Both Welsh and Turner claimed wins earlier in the day, Welsh who was victorious in both the 400 metres and 800 metres at the Scottish Masters Championship at the weekend won the 800 metres from the scratch mark while Turner who landed an 800m and 3200m double the previous day at Burntisland was again the victor in the longer event. The 1600 metres went to frontmarker Jennifer Martin Campbeltown RC. Martin also finished runner up in the Women's Mile when she was outsprinted down the home straight by Natalie Sharp,Kilbarchan.

After competing 24 hours earlier on a dry,hard and almost grassless surface on the Burntisland Links the cyclists encountered much softer under-wheel conditions at Wmiterton Park. Fifer Ian Hepburn Cairneyhill won the opening 1600 metres with the rest of the day belonging to the Fletcher brothers Charles and Edward from Grantown on Spey, both were competing on the back of nasty falls the previous day. Edward was the victor in the 1600 metres with Charles coming through from the backmark to win the 3200 metres before claiming victory in the Deil tak the Hindmost.

Published: 2018-07-17 22:43:30