Thousands flock to successful Skye Games
ISLE of Skye Highland Games, which took place on The Lump in Portree last Wednesday, attracted a crowd of thousands.
Despite a wet start to the day, committee secretary Allan Stewart said: ‘The weather didn’t hamper the enthusiasm and the people that did come were prepared for the weather. There was a crowd approaching 4,000 through the gate, which is a few hundred more than we normally get.’
Isle of Skye Pipe Band played during the day and there were competitions in Highland Dancing, heavy field events, athletics, piping and sailing. The number of competitors was very good, with the 10-strong open heavy field events line-up including entrants from Poland, Austria, the US and Canada. There were almost as many in the local competitions. In athletics, there were competitors from France and Austria, and even as far away as South Africa.
Martin Munsie of Bernisdale won the trophy for best local competitor in the heavy events, while Scot Rider from London won in the open competition. In athletics, Ewan Bradley of Staffin won trophies for best local jumper, first in the local eight-lap race and best overall local athlete.
Uig youngster Ryan Dunkel won the children’s two-lap race, retaining his title from last year. Stuart Liddell of Inveraray took home five trophies for piping including one for the best all round open piper.
A large crowd gathered to watch the games.
Ewan Bradley of Staffin won the Robertson Memorial Challenge Cup for the best all round local athlete and the Ronnie MacLean Memorial Cup for best all round local jumper.
Ryan Dunkel of Uig retained his race title.