24th March 2013
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Louden lifts the Gift

Greg Louden from Dalkeith has taken the spoils in the second running of the Pitreavie Gift. The 20 year old runner from Dalkeith in Midlothian ran from a mark of 6 metres and with just metres to go caught last year's winner Darrin Scott (8.5m) ensuring him the £1000 first prize, the Ricky Dunbar sash and the Wilma Taylor Memorial Sword in a time of 10.43 seconds. 

Impressive in his heat, Louden was for many of the onlookers one of the early favourites. Scott - whose heat time was one of the fastest - looked in mean form as he cruised up the track and was in similarly fine form in his cross tie. 

Backmarker on the day was Alan Hamilton from Edinburgh (1.5m) and he powered his way to the final with quality runs in both heat and cross tie. He picked up third place in the Gift final.

Air temperature hovered just above freezing and the cold easterly blast provided a most unwelcome tail wind to the runners and made life very difficult for the distance runners heading down the back straight. Warm clothing was the order of the day for the speactators and supporters packed into the grandstand but even this most unusual of March weather did not detract from the magnificent speactacle on offer. Thanks to all who came along. 

Finals results are on the Results page and a full report, results and Gallery will appear later.


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