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Highland Games aplenty as busy spell beckons preview by Shane Fenton

The busiest spell on the Scottish Highland Games Association season beckons with no fewer than 9 games set to take place over a six day period.

[Saturday 14th July]Alva Games, Loch Lomond Highland Games[Balloch], Tain Highland Gathering and Braemar Junior Highland Games.

[See previous two posts for Alva & Loch Lomond previews].

Tain Highland Gathering are relatively new to being held on a Saturday previously always on a Thursday. They feature a full programme of track and field as well as cycling The heavy events competition count towards points for both the SHGA  and Highland Association leagues.
Solo piping,highland dancing and Tug o War will also take place as well as childrens sports and novelty events.

[Sunday 15th July] Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering. Stonehaven Highland Games.

Rosneath Highland Gathering could benefit from Balloch being the previous day with some of the competitiors and spectators expected to stay over and head to Howie Park on the Sunday. The games feature a full programme of running, cycling and heavy events.
Mackie Academy Playing Fields will host the Stonehaven Highland Games. The standard in the heavy events is likely to be high with it being a venue for the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship. Running and jumping events also feature along with tug o war and highland dancing.

[Monday 16th July] Burntisland Highland Games

A huge crowd boosted by day trippers from all over Scotland will be in Burntisland for the games which are traditionally held on the Links the first Monday of the Fife Trades Holiday fortnight. Again a full programme of running,cycling and heavy events is scheduled, as well as the famous 'Binn[hill] Race' for locals.

[Tuesday 17th July] Inveraray Highland Games

A big field of throws competitors are likely to be at Winterton Park with the games hosting the World Caber Championship supported by a full programme of heavy events.Last year Lukasz Wenta set a new World record of 17' 3'' for the weight over the bar.
 Full programme of  track and light field events as well as cycling. Always a big entry for the highland dancing and one of the premier games on the circuit for solo piping.

[Thursday 19th July] Mull Highland Games

There will be a big incentive for the jumps competitors at Tobermory with good prize money on offer.
Erray Park in Tobermory offers the best surface for jumping in the SHGA circuit with impressive ground and Scottish records in all 3 jumps. The high jump record of 6ft 3.5in [ grass to grass] was set by the great Jay Scott in 1955.Both Long and Triple Jump Scottish records were broken in impressive fashion 2 years ago by Allan Hamilton. The highlight for the heavy event competitors will be the Scottish Off-Shore 56lb weight for distance Championship.

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Published: 2018-07-13 10:41:39