HAGGIS HURLING CONTEST
47 bid for world record
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