Glenrothes athletes put on a strong show in the Highlands

Nick Mitchell (Glenrothes) breasting the tape to win the 90 metres invitation sprint at Alva Games
Nick Mitchell (Glenrothes) breasting the tape to win the 90 metres invitation sprint at Alva Games

Glenrothes athletes enjoyed yet another successful weekend on the Highland games circuit.

Despite the wet conditions local duo Nick Mitchell and Cumbie Bowers were both in winning form at the Loch Lomond Highland Games at Balloch.

Mitchell, who won the 90m Invitation Sprint at Alva the previous week, raced to victory in the Open 90 Metres Frontmarkers Handicap, winning his heat in 9.64 seconds.

He improved on that time in the final as he broke the tape in 9.54 seconds to edge out Ryan Charters and Leon Ali to take the £200 top prize.

Cumbie Bowers who recently landed the big £3000 prize in the 110 metres handicap at the City of Edinburgh Running Festival, won a thrilling 200 metres handicap at the Moss O’ Balloch Park.

Running from the backmark in the six runner final, Bowers negotiated the tight bend in tricky underfoot conditions before storming down the finishing straight to snatch victory in the last stride from former Scottish 110 metres hurdles champion Chris Baillie and Ewan Dyer in 19.82 seconds.

There was a big field of 23 runners for the Open 800 metres handicap and Glenrothes middle distance man Mike Murdoch once again turned in a fine performance to finish in 4th place behind winner Grant Muir.

Elsewhere John Thomson from Glenrothes was in the Borders competing at the St Ronans Games at Innerleithen where he finished runner up in the 1600 metres handicap behind Dean Whiteford from Innerleithen.

Running in the Beveridge Park 5k race in Kirkcaldy on Friday night Markinch veteran athlete Kenny Anthony finished in 9th place overall and 3rd in the M50 category.

The St Andrews Games are at the Station Park on Sunday.