Four Kinneff pullers Ross Davidson, Stuart Miller, Rhys Anderson and Mike Falconer recently took part at the World Indoor Tug of War Championships held at the Bells Sports Centre, Perth.
The four lads had been training with the Scotland squad at Bo’ness since mid December travelling twice and even three times a week.
Although this was a smaller championship than in previous years over 700 men and women from nations as far afield as Japan, China, South Africa, many European teams and the home nations attended. The pulling on the Thursday and Friday were the club championships with Stuart and Mike teaming up with Ayrshire and BRC clubs but unfortunately they did not manage to get a medal.
However Ross was invited to pull with the Cockhill under 23 years team from the Republic of Ireland and his vast experience including first representing Scotland when only 15 allowed him to steady the rope and bring home a bronze medal. Rhys anchored the under 640kg Ayrshire team and came away with a gold medal. The International competitions were then held on the Saturday and Sunday with Ross pulling for his country in the under 560kg.
The final was between Northern Ireland and Scotland but the Irish proved to be the better team and won the gold medal with Scotland getting the silver.
Rhys anchored the Scotland 600kg team easily reaching the semi finals and then beating England for the gold medal. He also anchored the 640kg and 680kg teams where Scotland were a good bit lighter than the other teams but did well to gain a silver medal in the 640kg and a bronze in the 680kg.
Banchory Stonehaven athlete Rhona Auckland produced the run of her life last Saturday at the UK under 20s Inter counties cross country championships at Birmingham.
Rhona was represnting the East of Scotland select side, and over a 6km course the 19 year old finished a tremendous third place. Rhona’s high place finish went a long way to help secure the East of Scotland second. After being injured for the most of last season Rhona has worked extremely hard over the winter to come back stronger.