Fine weather brings out huge crowds at Aber­nethy

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE MCKEN­ZIE

The pop­u­la­tion of Nethy Bridge shot up on Satur­day with about 3,650 peo­ple turn­ing out to watch or com­pete in the Aber­nethy High­land Games.

Tor­ren­tial rain the day be­fore had flooded the field but by Satur­day the wa­ter had dis­ap­peared, pro­duc­ing ideal con­di­tions.

And a shot put record was smashed by Aberdeen­based Czech ath­lete Vlad Tu­lacek, who threw a dis­tance of 56ft 10ins, beat­ing the se­cond place fin­isher by 9ft 10ins.

Mr Tu­lacek also achieved a games record by throw­ing the 56lb weight over a bar set at 15ft 10ins in height.

Aber­nethy High­land Games As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man, Neil Suther­land said: “It was a very suc­cess­ful Games. The weather was per­fect and we had vis­i­tors numbers up by 17% on last year. It’s the largest at­ten­dance for sev­eral years.”

Mr Tu­lacek won the over­all heav­ies com­pe­ti­tion but Nethy man Co­nan Quinn won the shot put event for lo­cals in record break­ing fash­ion by throw­ing a dis­tance of 40ft.

In the pip­ing, Ed MacIl­wayne of Van­cou­ver won the Pi­broch com­pe­ti­tion and Alan Clark, of Aberdeen, won most points in the se­nior pip­ing sec­tion.

Win­ner of the most promis­ing piper aged 17 and un­der ti­tle was Kyle Cameron of Rose­markie. The pipe band com­pe­ti­tion was won by Port­soy.

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