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Thrills and Spills as Ceres celebrates 700 years.


Shane Fenton reports from the Bow Butts.

One of the biggest crowds in recent years surrounded the Bow Butts as Ceres Highland Games celebrated their 700th anniversary.
Despite a sprinkling of heavy showers it failed to dampen the spirits of the competitors, well, that is all bar cyclist Steve Jackson from Glasgow who had the misfortune of being catapultated into the Ceres Burn which runs alongside the track after being brought down by fellow rider Charles Fletcher who had come off his bike on the greasy surface in the 3000 metres race, this was only one of a number of mishaps to befall the bikers.

Still friends after landing in Ceres Burn

Craig Hardie, Dalgety Bay made his seasonal debut, however in his first race the 800 metres he only got as far as the first bend when he slid off his bike, things did get better for the Fifer as later in the afternoon he went on to win the Scottish 1600 metres championship, which was being held at Ceres for the first time and the Deil tak the Hindmost.The other two races on the card the 800 metres and 3000 metres handicaps were won by Edward Fletcher, Grantown on Spey.

Runners from the Borders had a field day winning 4 of the 5 Open events and all three youth races. The top prize of the day was the £200 which goes to the winner of the 90 metres handicap and was won by Jack Wilson, Hawick who was running at Ceres for the first time, his time of 9.75s saw him edge out former New Year Sprint winner Graeme Lister,Dalgety Bay and Edinburgh veteran Graeme Amstrong.

Lister again had to settle for the runner up spot in the 200 metres handicap as he just failed to overhaul race winner Sarah Ross,Pitreavie AC who broke the tape in 22m54s, Mhairi Henderson from the TLJT club was a close up third.

The 700 metres Anniversary Handicap was won in fine style by first season senior Kobe Stevens, Moorfoot AC, running from the 60 metres mark he stopped the watch at 1 minute 38.69 seconds to claim the £60 prize and special SHGA medal. Craig Bell,Forfar and Willie Bates,Tullibody filled the minor berths.

Innerleithen's Dean Whiteford showed inspired form to win both the 1600 metres and 3000 metres handicaps. In the 1600 he burst clear from the field to win from Kobe Stevens and Willie Bates. He had to battle harder before winning the 3000 after having a ding dong battle with John Thomson over the last  600 metres before getting the better of the Fife veteran to win in 9 minutes 14.31 seconds.

The Youth's 90 metres was a family affair with the six runner final made up of brothers Garry and Grant Goodfellow both TLJT, brother and sister Christie and Fraser Rout also TLJT and twin sisters Natasha and Samantha Turnbull, Peebles. In a close run race it saw victory go to Samantha Turnbull in 9.78 seconds with Garry Goodfellow runner up and Natasha Turnbull third.

Garry Goodfellow was also the runner up in the Youth's 200 metres with victory going to his older brother Grant who came through from the backmark to win in 23.35 seconds. Samantha Turnbull finished third.

The Youth's 800 metres saw Jamie Kinghorn, Chirnside emerge as a comfortable winner coming home ahead of Sean Bates, Tullibody and Ewan Bradley, Inverness in 2 minutes 5.07 seconds.

Lukasz Wenta, Bruce Robb, Heisi Gerdmundsson and Neil Elliot kept the crowds entertained in the heavy events that is despite the handle snapping off the 56lb weight and the sheaf for the sheaf pitching having to have a piece sawn off! Because of the tight confines there is no hammer throwing but a special event the Throwing of the Ceres Stane takes place and it saw Bruce Robb set a new ground record. Lukasz Wenta won the Shot Putt, 56lb for Distance and Caber for Distance competitions and was leading the 56lb for height when the handle broke off so was also declared the winner of that event.


Final of 90m Sprint - Video


Published: 2014-06-28 20:32:51