Tem­per­a­tures soar as crowds flock to In­ver­aray Games

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

AR­GYLL, as many peo­ple know, is a place of ex­tremes – one minute we are soak­ing wet and the next the heat is un­bear­able.

For the sec­ond year in a row, In­ver­aray was in the midst of a heat­wave. The good weather cer­tainly brought out all the rev­ellers and helped to swell the gate.

In the sec­re­tary’s tent, it was time for Mar­garet Mather to lay down her pen­cil and hand over the reins to Deanne Ha­gan, who looks keen and en­thu­si­as­tic to take on the job.

Mar­garet has been in the post for 26 years and has been a stal­wart of the games and keep­ing ev­ery­one in the right place. Next year, she says, she is go­ing to en­joy the games and ‘ac­tu­ally see some of the events’.

There were 13 heavy­weight com­peti­tors tak­ing part, more than 100 pipers and al­most 230 High­land dancers.

There were ath­letes tak­ing part from Glas­gow School of Sport as well as plenty of young lo­cals.

There was even a gold medal Olympian tak­ing part in the cy­cling.

But the day went to Lorne Coulthart, of Lis­more and Blair Atholl, for his achieve­ment as the World Caber Cham­pion.

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The un­der-10s girls’ race.

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A sprint fin­ish in the men’s 400m race.

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The un­der-10s boys’ was a hard-fought race.

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Mem­bers of the Clan Camp­bell So­ci­ety of North Amer­ica felt at home in their an­ces­tral land.

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The men who put the grass back to­gether – Peter McArthur, Stephen Row­ell and Glyn To­plis, all from In­ver­aray, and Stephen Bar­clay from Tar­bert. The men all work for the Duke and Duchess, ex­cept Mr Row­ell, who came out of re­tire­ment to help on the day.

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Dun­can MacIn­tyre of Ard­fern shares his knowl­edge of the rule book with two young com­peti­tors.

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It was hot, hot, hot for the heavy­weight com­peti­tors both on and off the field.

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Lorne Colthart throws his weight be­hind the weight for dis­tance.

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Grace Thom­son and friend Poppy race each other while wait­ing for the next com­pe­ti­tion.

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There al­ways has to be a win­ner.

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It looks like broth­erly love but it is ac­tu­ally wrestling.

Even the un­der six-year- olds were de­ter­mined. 27_t29 in­ver­aray HG 23

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The in­ter­na­tional race saw a man from Wales win the prize. He is pic­tured in the cen­tre in a blue and white T-shirt.

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The un­der-13s boys’ race was a grudge match be­tween all of the UK’s re­gions.

The in­ter­na­tional mums and grannies race saw a woman from Cal­i­for­nia, USA, take the prize of a glass of whisky. 27_t29 in­ver­aray HG 27

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