47 bid for world record

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Lip­trott

The World Hag­gis Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onships are to stay in Dum­friesshire.

With no one able to smash the record of 217ft set by Lorne Coltart at the Mil­ngavie High­land Games in June 2011 at El­lis­land near Dum­fries on Sun­day, it means a third event will take place next Jan­uary.

And the roll-over of prize money means any­one break­ing the world best will win £1,000 and a year’s sup­ply of hag­gis from spon­sor Moger­leys butch­ers, of Fri­ars Ven­nel, Dum­fries.

El­lis­land cu­ra­tor Stu­art Cochrane, who planned the event to co­in­cide with The Big Burns Sup­per Fes­ti­val – mark­ing the birth­day of Robert Burns who once lived at the farm – said: “I couldn’t have asked for any­thing bet­ter. We had more peo­ple tak­ing part and more spec­ta­tors than last year and it is go­ing to grow.

“I think the £1,000 will be a big at­trac­tion next year.”

Gary McClay, of Kil­marnock, ac­tu­ally beat the world record in the heats with a hurl of 220ft. How­ever, dur­ing the cham­pi­onship hurl-off he could not re­pro­duce it and the ti­tle eluded him.

But he did take the tro­phy for best adult hurler with a throw of 202ft which earned him £100.

Win­ner of the ju­nior cham­pi­onship was Heather Smart, of Ter­re­gles, with a dis­tance of 52ft and she re­ceived a tro­phy and £50.

Stu­art added: “We had 47 en­tries and our youngest com­peti­tor was three­year-old Eric. We had peo­ple from Amer­ica, in­clud­ing Peter Bain and Kris­ten Layne from North Carolina. There were a lot of lo­cal peo­ple and oth­ers who had come from around Scot­land and down south to take part.”

Stu­art was de­lighted to see for­mer Dum­fries Provost Ted Thomp­son and the cur­rent Provost of Dum­fries and Niths­dale Tracey Lit­tle join in.

The event also saw hag­gis-themed ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. Piper Gre­gor Gri­er­son, 11, was a star per­former through­out the day.

Whee! Young­ster launches hag­gis into the air at El­lis­land

From across the Pond Peter Bain and his wife Kris­ten Layne, of North Carolina

Best shot En­trant gives it her all in the hurl­ing cham­pi­onships

Tunes Piper Gre­gor Gri­er­son kept the crowds en­ter­tained

Ready Shaun Bis­sett and Kieran Cor­son wait their turn

Watch­ing Lad sees how it’s done

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