In­ter­na­tional crowd en­joy self-styled ‘peo­ple’s games’

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

It was a dre­ich day – but not for the huge crowd which made its way to Moss­field Sta­dium to en­joy The Lorne High­land Games af­ter a year-long break, writes Louise Glen.

On the large pitch more than 100 com­peti­tors took part in a range of games and events suited for all the fam­ily.

From bungee jump­ing, run­ning and throw­ing the ham­mer there was some­thing for ev­ery­one on and off the pitch.

Spe­cial men­tion must be made of the num­ber of par­ents who got their chil­dren to the pitch on time for var­i­ous sinty matches and ju­nior rugby.

It was with great de­light for many that the games’ as­so­ci­a­tion with Oban Lorne Rugby Foot­ball Club con­tin­ued – this time in hon­our­ing lo­cal woman Dee Brad­bury as chief­tain.

Ms Brad­bury has been a strong ad­vo­cate of the games from its in­cep­tion, as the vice- pres­i­dent of the Scot­tish Rugby Union.

In her open­ing re­marks Ms Brad­bury said she un­der­stood the ef­fort re­quired to put on the an­nual event.

She con­tin­ued: ‘Some of our com­peti­tors to­day will have trained for many years and trav­elled some dis­tance to com­pete and I sin­cerely hope that you will sup­port them all and leave to­day with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fine tradi- tions of a Scot­tish High­land Games.’

Chair­man of the games com­mit­tee, Ron­nie McIlquham from Ard­fern called this year’s games ‘ex­cel­lent’.

Mr McIlquham said: ‘It is good to see the games up and run­ning and we are very pleased with the size of the crowd,

‘I would like to say a spe­cial thank-you to ev­ery­one from spon­sors to vol­un­teers for pulling to­gether to make these games work.’

It was a record-break­ing day for some events. In the open 200 me­tres David Al­lan shaved 0.8 of a sec­ond off the field record. Luke Trayner took seven sec­onds off the 400 me­tre event, 0.12 sec­onds from the 1600 record. Al­is­tair McLeod set a new record for the Hill Race – com­plet­ing it in 51 min­utes.

Lorne Coulthart threw 132ft 6ins in the light ham­mer which was three inches fur­ther than the field record of 129ft 5ins. Lu­cas Wenta threw 54ft 5ins in the short putt 16lb open over 53ft 10ins, and in the 22lb open he threw 45ft 4ins, more than one inch far­ther than the field record.

Fin­bar Dunne, best known for his ath­let­ics abil­ity put 16 inches on the 16lb shot put record for ju­niors throw­ing 40ft 10ins.

Eilidh Cameron short­ened the run on the 90 me­tre by al­most 0.30 sec­onds

In High­land danc­ing the novice tro­phy passed to Erin Jack­son, the in­ter­me­di­ate tro­phy and the pre­mier un­der-13 tro­phy was was won by Solana McMurchy, the pre­mier adult tro­phy was won by Katie MacPher­son.

In the craft and pro­duce tent no­table win­ners were May Tosh and Jac­que­line Cullen in pho­tog­ra­phy, D Crowe for a cro­cheted baby blan­ket, Fiona MacPhee for a knit­ted tea cosy, C Sherer for pear chut­ney.

Ju­nior sec­tions saw Kate Rus­sell win the three home­made dec­o­rated cup cakes, Alyss MacDon­ald won the um­brella de­sign and dec­o­rated flow­er­pot, Elaina Ramsey won the com­pe­ti­tion for the dec­o­ra­tion of a stone and Caden Craw­ford drew the best pic­ture of a rain­bow.

More pho­tos can be viewed on­line.

It is a hard job play­ing for the dancers, but this old hand didn’t run out of puff all day.

Chief­tain Dee Brad­bury and chair­man Ron­nie McIlquham lead out Mull and Iona Pipe Band for the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Mull and Iona Pipe Band played with pas­sion and great skill and were en­joyed by all.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish and Breege Smyth were en­joy­ing the craic.

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