ROBERTSON TO THE 'FOUR' AT MUDDY PITLOCHRY writes SHANE FENTON
Running at his local games Craig Robertson, Pitreavie AC showed his liking for running on a muddy glue pot track by racing to victory in four different races.
The running track at the Recreation Ground had turned into a quagmire following continual overnight rain that lasted into the afternoon of the games.
It didn't deter Robertson who hails from Logierait just a few miles down the A9 from Pitlochry. Running from the back mark in the three handicap races over 800m, 1600m and 3200m he glided over the glaur on each occassion relentlesly overhauling his rivals to claim a hat trick of wins.
His fourth win of the day came in the SHGA scratch 1600 metres Championship where he eventually wore down the attentions of previous winner Colin Welsh from Kelso to take the title for the third year in a row.
The photo finish equipment was needed to determine the victor in the Open 90 metres Handicap and the decision went to 16 year old David Brand [8.75m] DWF who got up in the final stride to deny 62 year old veteran Sam Bates [25.25m] Tullibody with 16 year old Laura McCracken[17m] East Kilbride AC in third.
Bates had to settle for the runners up spot again in the 200 metres handicap when he was beaten by another vet the twice New Year Sprint runner up Walter Hunter from Polmont.
On what was a good day for the Robertson family Scott, brother of Craig ploughed through the mud to take the 400 metres ahead of - his rival for the SHGA middle distance title - Willie Bates, Tullibody with John Lowis, Kirkcaldy in third.
The Youth's 90 metres also required the assistance of the camera where victory went to the consistent Dylan Lindsay, Glenrothes, Nicola Kellock, Lothian RC took the Youth's 400 metres with Connor Morris, Pitreavie AC striding to victory in the 800 metres.
Scottish triple jump champion David Watson, Glasgow City AC won both the Long Jump [21'1''] and Triple Jump [46' 1''] setting a new ground record in the latter.
Watson shared first place in the High Jump with his training companion Cameron Clark.
Conditions were horrendous for the cyclists who were being bogged down in the mud and each race became a survival of the fittest, top man on the day was Matthew Ball, Lothian CC who won the 800 and 1600 metres handicaps as well as the Deil tak the Hindmost, he had to settle for the runners up spot however in the 3200 metres Championship of the Highlands where victory went to Tim Allan, Glenrothes.
There was a Fife double in the Youths cycling with Etienne Sadeghpoor, Dalgety Bay winning the 800 metres and Cameron Clark, Glenrothes the 1600 metres.
I dont have the classified heavy events results as yet but the overall champion on the day was Bruce Robb, Oakley, the British Tug o' War title went to the all conquering team from Elgin who beat Mount Blair in the final.
Published: 2011-09-11 19:55:46