Thou­sands flock to suc­cess­ful Skye Games

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

Pho­to­graphs by Brian Smith, Jasper­im­age.

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.

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