Ju­nior ath­let­ics at Argyll’s Highland games

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

The Highland Games sea­son is un­der way in Argyll with Lorne Games in Oban al­ready held at the end June.

Next on the pro­gramme is In­ver­aray on Tues­day July 18 fol­lowed by Mull Games at Tober­mory two days later on Thurs­day July 20. Taynuilt are on Satur­day July 22 and fi­nally Oban Games take place on Thurs­day Au­gust 24.

Sev­eral ju­nior track and field events are be­ing held to en­cour­age more lo­cal young ath­letes to take part.

This ap­plies to the Highland games in Argyll, which are af­fil­i­ated to the Scot­tish Highland Games As­so­ci­a­tion [SHGA].

Ju­nior events will be held at Lorne, In­ver­aray, Mull and Oban, with sep­a­rate events for both boys and girls be­tween the age of 11 and un­der 16

he age qual­i­fi­ca­tion is un­der 16 on May 27, 2017, which was the date of the first games on the SHGA fix­ture list.

The events are 90 me­tres, 600 me­tres, high jump, long jump and shot putt, with the two track races be­ing on a hand­i­cap ba­sis ac­cord­ing to age and abil­ity.

There will be an over­all ju­nior cham­pi­onship with points awarded over the se­ries of four games and tro­phies pre­sented to the top boy and girl at Oban games on the Au­gust 23. Prize money will be an added in­cen­tive at each of the four Highland games.

As well as the ju­nior events at the four SHGA games there is a full pro­gramme of se­nior events (16 years and over) in two cat­e­gories with lo­cal events con­fined to ath­letes born or res­i­dent in Argyll and open events.

To com­pete in the open events, ath­letes will have to reg­is­ter with the Scot­tish Highland Games As­so­ci­a­tion for the day or for the sea­son.

Ju­nior ath­letes at both In­ver­aray and Mull Highland Games next week should en­ter on the field be­tween 10am and 10.30am with the first event likely to start at 10.45am.

For Mull games on July 20, com­peti­tors from the main­land are ad­vised to travel on the first ferry from Oban at 7.30am.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the ju­nior events at In­ver­aray, Mull and Oban can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing Bill MacCal­lum on 01546 602664. Scot­tish Jumps Cham­pi­onship at Mull For the first time Mull games have been awarded the Scot­tish Highland Games As­so­ci­a­tion Jumps Cham­pi­onship which is a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for most points in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

This cham­pi­onship will at­tract some of Scot­land’s top jumpers to com­pete on a field which is re­garded as the best sur­face for jump­ing of all the games in Scot­land.

Just last year at Mull, Al­lan Hamil­ton from Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land’s num­ber one long jumper, set new Scot­tish [SHGA] records in both the long jump and triple jump and has am­bi­tions of adding the high jump record this year. The high jump record of 6ft 3.5in set by the great Jay Scott has stood since 1955. Ladies’ mile race at In­ver­aray games A ladies’ mile race will be held at In­ver­aray on July 18 and is open to ladies 16 years and over with no up­per age limit.

The race will be hand­i­capped ac­cord­ing to age and abil­ity with starts given to the older and slower run­ners.

All en­tries are on the day and the race is likely to be in the early af­ter­noon. In ad­di­tion to gen­er­ous prize money, an an­nual tro­phy will be awarded to the win­ner.

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