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Scorcher in the heart of Argyll - Report by Craig Dunbar

Set in the grounds of the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, the 2019 Inveraray Highland Games did not disappoint the thousands who made their way to Winterton Park. The day got under way with the Band of the Royal Marines leading the parade followed closely by the Royal Burgh of Inveraray Pipe Band.

Over two hundred dancers took to the four boards which had been set up for the contest and a huge field of heavyweights from across the globe contested the heavy events culminating in the SHGA World Caber Championship. Having picked up the World Championship at Balloch on Saturday, Vlad Tulacek was determined to add the Caber Crown to his portfolio, but he did not have his own way in Mid Argyll. Kyle Randalls who is throwing better than ever, took the hammers, his best event and Lucasz Wenta took the honours in World Caber, an event he has won before and looks like he may well win in the years to come.

Quality and quantity were evident in the track events with Fraser McDonald of Dingwall taking top spot in the 90 metres. Far travelled Borderer John Paxton reversed the order in the 200 taking first place, relegating Fraser to runner up with evergreen Ramsay Sloss in third. . Matthw Turner continued his fine vein of form winning the 400 and 3200 metre events with Scratch runner Ewan Dyer taking the half mile. Forfar based member of the RAF Angela Bell was the victor in the mile,  holding off Andrew Gibson and her dad, Craig, making his first visit in many years to Inveraray.

The kids and Visitors’ races are always a hit, with runners from Dublin and the Czech Republic winning the Overseas’ Races. There were different winners in each of the bike races with a most unusual dead heat between Paul Anderson of Perth and Stewart Burke in the Deil. These riders had been competing since Saturday and it was a wonder that they were able to ride at all. Great stuff.


Published: 2019-07-17 17:43:41