Sixteen records were broken at the National Schools Championships for the visually impaired, held for the first time in Scotland at Meadowbank Stadium.

Janet Arnott (Royal Blind School, Edinburgh) broke the under-15 girls class PS 800m record by 15 seconds when winning in 2-50.06 while Dianne Theakstone set an under-17 class B1 record of 10.6 in the 60m.

Caledonian Breweries Glasgow to Edinburgh 60-mile eight stage canal bank relay: Men: 1, Strathclyde Police 6hrs 0mins 7secs; 2, Saughton 6.16:23; 3, Lothian and Borders Police 6.23:07; Women: Hunters Bog Trotters 7.39:36.

Beith 4.2 mile Roadrace: Men: 1, M McQuaid (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) 21.10; 2, L Richardson (Irvine AAC) 21.48; 3, B Craig (Irvine AAC) 22.16. Veteran: J Doyle (Victoria Park) 23.22. Women: 1, S Irvine (Bellahouston Roadrunners) 26.55; 2, D Monteith (Victoria Park) 28.33; 3, M Watson (Unattached) 37.17. Veteran: I Smith (East Kilbride) 39.44.

Diet Coke Half Marathon, East Kilbride: Men: 1, A Robertson 1hr 11mins 52secs; 2, D Thom (both Ronhill Camberslang Harriers) 1.12:19; 3, D Scobie (Dumfries RC) 1.12:39. Veteran: A Robson (Mizuno) 1.13:20. Women: S Branney (City of Glasgow) 1.22:14; 2, C Cooper (Fife AC) 1.26:01; 3, A McKee (Inverclyde AAC) 1.26:39. Veteran: E Calder (Unattached) 1.34:01.

Cairntable Hill Race (6.5 miles, 1944 feet), Muirkirk. Men: 1, G Crawford (Springburn Harriers) 41mins 15secs; 2, S Griffin (L and L Track Club) 43.47; 3, L Crawford (Springburn Harriers) 44.06. Veteran: J Goldsworthy (Galloway Harriers) 48.20. Women: 1, N Anderson (Galloway Harriers) 59.29; 2, Y Palmer (Cumnock AAC) 75.33. Veteran: N Goldsworthy (Galloway Harriers) 77.13.

Borders Police Hill Race (10 miles, 2000feet) Stow. Men: 1, A Kitchin (Lothian RC) 1hr 28mins 40secs; 2, P Heath (Shettleston Harriers) 1.29:50; 3, J Knocks (Teviotdale Harriers, veteran) 1.37:38. Team Carnethy Runners. Women: 1, K Hoffman (Lothian RC) 1.59:05; 2, S Gilchrist (Gala Harriers) 2.28:23; 3, L Knocks (Teviotdale Harriers, Veteran) 2.55:22.

Kirkintilloch Gala 10km Canal Bank Race: Men: 1, S Kerr (Kirkintilloch Olympians) 34mins 9secs; 2, R Souter (Springburn Harriers) 34.42; 3, M McDonald (Clydesdale Harriers) 34.47. Veteran R Young (Clydesdale Harriers) 35.40. Women: 1, C McGuiness (Kirkintilloch Olympians) 43-33; 2, A Bruce (Strathkelvin) 44.40; 3, A Stewart (Kirkintilloch Olympians) 45.41.


The cash-strapped amateurs of Scotland put up a magnificent fight against the full-time professionals of Macedonia in the deciding match of the European Promotion Cup women's tournament last night, but found the final game of a tiring four games in five days just too much and went down 68-41.

For much of the first half, however, it was the Scottish team, who had only come together a few days before departure and were nicknamed ''Bravehearts'' in the local press, who dominated.

After a dream start when they led 10-2 after four minutes, their hosts were looking distinctly rattled and their prestigious coach Stojna Vangelovska, the former Yugoslav 1988 Olympic star, was forced to call a time out to stop the rot. Three minutes later, Macedonia led 11-10 and the handful of Scottish supporters feared the worst but Scotland clung on tenaciously with Lesley Jackson in great form in her fifty-fourth international and, with five minutes left of the half, they trailed by only six points.

It was still only 25-36 at half-time but a dismal five minutes without scoring in which the favourites hit 13 points without reply put the game almost out of reach.

Frustration crept in to the Scottish offence with Nicky Emblem, runner-up for the overall tournament MVP award having a dreadful time with series of missed shots and lay-ups and the home defence was too strong for the others.

Jackson finished top scorer for Scotland with 13 without adding to her first half tally, Emblem had 10, Louise McGoldrick 6 and Joanna Sutherland 5.

A relieved Macedonia went forward for their much anticipated trophy and medals and their Greek club professional Monika Gavrilovska the MVP award.

Scotland can hold their heads high after a spirited performance in which they proved that they can play at a much higher level than the Promotion Cup in future with better preparation and financial support.


Matthew Haynes (Clarke Contracts City of Edinburgh RC) broke the 200m flying one lap British Youth under 16 record in the Millennium Festival at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday.

Haynes from Oldham who only joined the club recently to team up with the likes of Olympians Craig MacLean and Chris Hoy took .15 seconds off the record with 11.550 and now qualifies BCF World Class Performance Plan.

George Johnston has won the Berwick Wheeler's Cycling Club 25 kilometres Time Trial Championship for the third time, completing the course in 59 minutes 10 seconds, almost four minutes ahead of runner-up Alex Aitchison, with Alex Marjoribanks in third place.

Evan Oliphant (Wick) was the top competitor in the Grass-track cycling competition at Newburgh, winning four of the five events contested including The Scottish National 4800 metres Championship and the Special Millennium 2000 metres race. Results

800 metres: 1, E Oliphan (Wick) 1-21.22; 2, G Buchanan (Glasgow); 3, D Howitt (Glenrothes) Millennium 2000 metres: 1, E Oliphant 2-53.81; 2, D Howitt; 3, G Buchanan. 3200 metres: 1, G Buchanan 5-18.02; 2, D Howitt; 3, E Oliphant. 4800 (Scottish Championship): 1, E Oliphant 9-12.42; 2, G McQueen (Denny); 3, B Roe (High Valleyfield). De'il Tak the Hindmost: 1, E Oliphant; 2, D Howitt; 3, K Clacher (Methil). Youths 800 metres: 1, S Charleton (Luthrie) 1-17.11; 2, J Polanski (Broughty Ferry); 3, E Roe (High Valleyfield). 1600 metres: 1, S Charleton; 2-48.99; 2, J Polanski; 3, E Roe.


Burgie International Horse Trials, Scotland. Two-star section (final standings): 1, Woodsides Ashby (Bettina Overesch, Ger) 39.0 penalties; 2, Viceroy II (Pippa Funnell, Gbr) 40.2; 3, The Tonka Toy (Polly Clark, Gbr) 49.4; 4, Burke's Boy (Pippa Funnell, Gbr) 53.2; 5, Faersferre (Kristina Gifford, Gbr) 56.6; 6, Topping (Polly Williamson, Gbr) 57.8. One-star section (final standings): 1, The Irish Guy II (Tiny Clapham, Gbr) 40.0; 2, Crackatinny (Katie Emley, Gbr) 53.2; 3, Red Rubin (Clare Fitzmaurice, Gbr) 57.0; 4, Mixed Up (Sherelle Duke, Irl) 57.6; 5, Orbit Dancer (Nigel Taylor, Gbr) 60.4; 6, Smart Play (Andrew Hoy, Aus) 60.8.


African World Cup qualifiers

Group A -Angola 2 Zambia 1; Libya 0 Cameroon 3

Group B - Nigeria 2 Sierra Leone 0; Sudan 2 Liberia 0

Group C - Algeria 1 Senegal 1; Namibia 0 Morocco 0

Group D - Madagascar 3 Democratic Republic of Congo 0; Ivory Coast 2 Tunisia 2

Group E - Malawi 1 Burkina Faso 1; Guinea 3 Zimbabwe 0

Highland Games

Former World Champion Alastair Gunn from Falkirk returned to top form when winning the overall Scottish Heavyweight throwing contest at Newburgh Highland Games in Fife. Gunn won five of the six events to receive the Ian Duncan Memorial Trophy, with his young brother Murray winning the 28lb weight for Distance to take second place in the overall classification ahead of Malcolm Simpson (Crieff) with David Norrie (Dundee) in fourth position.

THE former Scottish champion, Mark MacDonald (Dumfries) won six of the seven heavy events at Kirkintilloch Highland Games scoring 69 points to defeat 19-year-old Fraser Ewing (Falkirk, 61) and Malcolm Cleghorn (Scottish Borders, 59).

LOCAL athlete David Martin was the outstanding thrower at the Cambeltown and Kintyre Highland Games. He won six events for a total of 20 points, defeating caber-tossing champion Peter Gallagher (Helensburgh, 14) and David Semple (Southend, 12).

ALAN Anderson (Ayr Seaforth) was the top heavy at Lesmahagow Highland Games, beating Malcolm Nimmo (Wigtonshire) and veteran Walter Weir (Central).

BRUCE Aitken (Auchinblae) remaining unbeaten this season to win the title of top heavy at Oldmeldrum Highland Games. His younger brother Stephen (Middlesbrough) took second ahead of former world champion Francis Brebner (Peterhead) with Craig Anderson (Aberdeen) a close fourth.

Aitken won two events to take the City of Aberdeen Highland Games heavy events championship with 30 points ahead of Alex Dunn (23) and Francis Brebner (22). Brebner took the Millennium caber tossing title, beating Steve and Bruce Aitken into second and third respectively.


Four of the 13-strong Scottish team for the Commonwealth Championships in Newfoundland, Canada next month won titles at the Scottish Open 2000 Championships at Meadowbank SC, Edinburgh.

Tommy Allan from Edinburgh celebrated his selection and return to full fitness after injury taking the over 100Kg category.

Anglo Jenni Brien (Camberley) our best hope of a medal in Canada after just missing Olympic selection won the under-57Kg class.

Former English internationals Sarah Clark and Amanda Costello both now coached in Edinburgh by Billy Cusack who looks after World champion Graeme Randall won the U-63Kg and U-70Kg titles respectively. Results:

Scottish Open Championships, Meadowbank SC, Edinburgh. Winners: Men: U60Kg: O Schmidt (Germany). U66Kg: S Authers (Eng). U73Kg: P Lowmax (Eng). U81Kg: E Zymna (Germany). U90Kg: T Beck (Denmark). U100Kg: A Ede (Eng). O100Kg: T Allan (Scot). Women: U48Kg: J Baker (Eng). U52Kg: L Bradley (N Ireland). U57Kg: J Brien (Scot). U63Kg: S Clark (Scot). U70Kg: A Costello (Scot). U78Kg: C Mulvihill (Rep of Ireland). O78Kg: C Drummond (Eng).

Modern Pentathlon

Britain's world No.2, Kate Allenby, finished sixth at the World Modern Pantathlon Championships in Pesaro but is now sure to join Newmarket based Stephanie Cooke at the Olympics.

Former cross-country internationalist Cooke, team silver medalist with Dumfries sisters Sian Lewis and Gwen Kinsey earlier in the week, was fastest of the day in the final 3km run clocking 9m 44s to come through from twenty-fifth to ninth overall.


Australian Troy Corser dominated the two World Superbike Championship races at Misano, San Marino and ran away with a superb double victory.

He rode faultlessly in both races and gave Aprilia their first double win in championship.

After championship leader Colin Edwards crashed out in race one and only scored six points in the second, Corser trails the American by 38 points.

Four-times world superbike champion Carl Fogarty will not race again this season as a result of the accident he suffered in April.

The 33-year-old Ducati rider, who broke his left upper arm in three places in a 140mph racing crash at Phillip Island, Australia, has been advised by specialists to delay his return until next year.


Overnight leaders Ifor and Alun Powell held on to win the 56 mile, two day Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon at Glen Shiel in NW Scotland - for the second year in a row.

The Welsh internationalists finished the first day's 30 mile run over 17 minutes up on leading opposition with a time of 6h 58m 16s. Results:

Lowe Alpine Mountain Orienteering Marathon, Glen Shiel, NW Scotland (30m + 27m): 1, I Powell/A Powell (Wales) 6h58.16 (1)/4.24.20 (2) - 11.22.36; 2, M Hartnell/M Seddon (Manchester) 7.15.34 (2)/4.12.40 (1) - 11.28.14; 3, A Davis/A Keith (Edinburgh) 7.26.55 (4)/4.32.11 (3) - 11.59.06; Mixed: S Birkinshaw (Borderliners)/H Diamantides (Carnethy) 12.41.47. Women: N Davis/L Cowdell (Borrowdale) 17.41.47.


Scottish Rowing Championships, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell. Men: Intermediate Eights: St Andrew (Edinburgh). Junior Eights: Aberdeen Schools. Open Coxed Fours: Aberdeen. Intermediate Coxed Fours: St Andrew (Edinburgh). Novice Coxed Fours: Edinburgh University. Veteran Coxed Fours: Clydesdale. Lightweight Coxless Fours: Edinburgh University/Glasgow University. Junior Coxless Fours: Aberdeen Schools. Open Coxless pairs: Aberdeen. Intermediate Coxless Pairs: Aberdeen. Veteran Coxless Pairs: Inverness. Junior Coxless Pairs: Aberdeen Schools/Glasgow. Lightweight Double Sculls: Castle Semple/Glasgow. Junior under 16 Double Sculls: George Watson's College. Intermediate Single Sculls: Glasgow University (Boyling). Novice Single Sculls: Glasgow (Clarke). Junior Single Sculls: George Watson's College (J Logan). Junior under 15 Single Sculls: George Watson's College (C Logan). Open Eights: Glasgow

University. Intermediate Coxed Fours: St Andrew (Edinburgh). Open Coxless Fours: Aberdeen. Junior Coxed FOpurs: Aberdeen Schools. Junior Quadruple Sculls: George Watson's College. Junior under 15 Quadruple Sculls: Nithsdale. Open Double Sculls; Glasgow. Junior Double Sculls: Glasgow. Veteran C Double Sculls: Clydesdale. Veteran G Double Sculls: Clyde Masters. Lightweight Single Sculls: Stirling (Plank). Intermediate Single Sculls: Glasgow University (Boyling). Junior under 16 Single Sculls: Glasgow (Stevenson). Veteran B Single Sculls: Stirling (Brown). Veteran D Single Sculls: St Andrew (Edinburgh) (Munro). Junior Coxed Fours: George Heriot's. Junior under 17 Coxed Fours: George Heriot's. Junior under 15 Coxed Fours: George Heriot's School. Wylie Cup Coxed Fours: Glasgow High School/Hyndland. Boyd Cup Coxed Fours: George Watson's College. Junior under 16 Single Sculls: George Watson's College

(Young). Junior under 14 Single Sculls: George Watson's College (Norman). Junior Single Sculls: Glasgow High School (Westwood). Women: Open Coxed Fours: Aberdeen/Clydesdale. Intermediate Coxed Fours: Aberdeen. Junior under 16 Coxed Fours: Aberdeen Schools. Intermediate Coxless Pairs: Aberdeen Schools/Edinburgh University. Junior Coxless Pairs: George Heriot's School. Junior Double Sculls: Stirling. Novice Double Sculls: Castle Semple. Cadet Double Sculls: Nithsdale. Intermediate Single Sculls: Clydesdale (McKeown). Junior under 16 Single Sculls: George Watson's College (Myles). Novice Coxed Fours: Aberdeen. Junior Coxed Fours; George Heriot's. Open Coxless Pairs: Clydesdale. Junior Quadruple Sculls: George Watson's College. Open Double Sculls: Clydesdale. Junior under 16 Double Sculls: Stirling. Intermediate Single Sculls: Clydesdale (Parsonage). Novice Single Sculls: Clydesdale (Flament).

Junior Single Sculls: George Heriot's (Whelpdale). Junior Coxed Fours: George Heriot's. Junior under 16 Coxed Fours: George Watson's College. Invitation Quadruple Sculls: George Watson's College. Greive Cup Coxed Fours: Torry High/Albyn. Junior under 16 coxed Fours: George Watson's College.


Ellen MacArthur showed the grit and determination she will need this winter when she takes on the Vendee Globe solo round the world race as she inched her way downwind towards the Newport, Rhode Island finish line of the Europe 1 New Man STAR transatlantic race, nursing a broken finger and a head injury but having extended her lead from 80 miles to 120 miles.


Berwick Bandits notched their third home win in a row in the Premier League beating Edinburgh Monarchs 52-37 at Shieldfield Park with guest rider Paul Thorpe of Hull Vikings replacing the injured Scott Smith the star scoring 14 points from his five races. Alan Mogridge and Phil Bentley both scored 13 as Berwick led from the fourth heat onwards.

GLASGOW Tigers bosses were were delighted with the debut of teenager Rusty Harrison, the Australian collecting five points at Workington Comets, the favourites for the Premier League.

ARGENTINIAN Emiliano Sanchez finally came good with a record-breaking performance.

Sanchez, who has struggled all season to find his form, posted a 59.6sec time for four laps in his first heat, beating the previous best of 60secs, and he finished with his first maximum in British speedway.

Premier League: Berwick Bandits 52, Edinburgh Monarchs 37; Workington Comets 45, Glasgow Tigers 45; Glasgow Tigers 48, Newcastle Diamonds 42.


Single River Tay crossing junior one-mile open water swim. Girls: 1, N Murdoch (City of Dundee) 23-57; 2, S Hughes (Lochaber) 24-30; 3, L Donnachie (Maybole) 27-51. Boys: 1, J McClung 28-50; 2, S Ferguson 31-28 (both Maybole); 3, A Curra (Dundee Whitehall) 32-30.


East of Scotland Open Junior Championships, Craiglockhart TC, Edinburgh. Finals: Singles: Boys: 18 & Under: R Allan (Newlands) beat S Milne (Cults) 6-1, 6-1. 14 & Under: A Milne (Cults) beat E Birnie (Ellon) 6-4, 6-0. 10 & Under: G Weanie (Rutherglen) beat C Gee (Ayr) 6-3, 6-0. Girls: 18 & Under: R Hood (St Andrews) beat J Shand (Cults) 6-0, 6-2. 14 & Under: H Graham (Giffnock) beat S Norris (Strathgryffe) 6-4, 6-4. 10 & Under: C Steel (Western) beat A Sharp (St Boswells) 6-1, 6-3. Doubles: Boys: 18 & Under: A Hawke (Thistle)/B McNeil (Next Generation) beat C Fleming/C Bird (both Linlithgow) 6-2, 6-0. 14 & Under: C Birrell/E Forbes (both St Andrews) beat N Preston (Next Generation)/R Wilkie (Selkirk) 7-6, 2-6, 7-6. Girls: 18 & Under: Hood/A Bell (St Andrews) beat A Hawke (Thistle)/R Hunter (Waverley) 6-2, 6-0. 14 & Under: Graham/Norris beat L Park (Next Generation)/S Roy (St Andrews) 6-2,



Olympic select Andrew Johns was beaten into second at the Windsor Standard Distance Triathlon and British team trial by former world junior champion Tim Don.

With two more trial to go, Don takes a lead amongst fellow contenders to join former Australian Johns and one time world champion Simon Lessing in Sydney after moving away in the final 10km run to win by 28 seconds in 1h 50m 46s.

Sian Brice, already named for Sydney, won the women's race moving away from Heather Williams in the final stage to win in 2.05.38s.

Leander Cave, another Australian with British team ambitions, dropped in the 40km cycle stage, came through to take 2nd in 2.06.54 with Williams 3rd in 2.07.03.

East Fife club competitor Claire Murray finished third in the Clydesdale World Triathlon Championships for heavy weights in Windsor. Both men's and women's titles went to the USA.