Long jumper Allan Hamilton heads for Bedford

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CAPITAL long jumper Allan Hamilton (Edinburgh AC) heads to Bedford this weekend chasing an English inter-County title after a four-event clean-up at the Crieff Highland Games.

Before a 6000 crowd packed round the tight 300 metres grass track, Hamilton, the silver medallist in the Scottish National long jump and 100m bronze medallist at Scotstoun earlier this month, won the long, triple and high jumps, and stormed through to win the 90m handicap sprint from the back mark of 2.5m. Second in the latter was Cameron Smith (Tullibody) and third Amy Clancy (Peebles).

But it was Hamilton’s high jump win which was the biggest talking point as the 21-year-old Queen Margaret University student not only won the event with a personal best leap of 1.95m to erase the previous Crieff record of 1.87m set by clubmate and Commonwealth Games hope Allan Smith in 2011, but went on for a close attempt at a new “Scottish” professional Highland Games record of 2.00m.

Joining Hamilton in Bedford will be his training partner and the new Scottish women’s long jump champion Sarah Warnock (EAC), who will be hoping to round off her best-ever season on a positive note.

“We’re just looking to consolidate and tie the season off. It would be nice for her to win the Inter-counties title,” said coach John Scott.

Facing Warnock will be England’s Amy Harris, who reached a wind-assisted 6.29m to win the JumpsFest event at Bedford last Sunday, by coincidence exactly the same as Warnock’s best.

Best performance of the meeting came from Isobel Pooley, the Aldershot high jumper who beat Emma Nuttall (EAC) for the Scottish title and who, after several close attempts in recent meetings, deservedly cleared a personal best of 1.91m which is also the best by a Brit this season.

Capital thrower Andy Frost won the hammer but was down on his best with 68.56m.