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St Andrews all set for big day at Station Park.

writes Shane Fenton

A big crowd is expected to descend on Station Park on Sunday for the 35th St Andrews Highland Games.. Owing to a new roundabout on the road adjacent tp the park the Games arena has been swung round to the other side of the floodlight pylons as it was  a few years ago to accommodate pipe laying. As then , it will now be a 250 metres circuit.with the sprint track running towards the town.

The atmospheric venue in the shadow of the World famous Old Course Hotel ia always popular among spectators and competitors alike.

There will be a full programme of Highland Dancing, Solo Piping, Tug o War,, Running, Cyling and Heavy Events.the latter will also feature events for junior heavies.

There is set to be an international flavour to events with overseas competitors set to take part in the track events and the throws.

There is good fields in both the Open and Youth track events with races over 90m,200m,400m,800m,1600m and 3200m in the Open and 90m,200m,1800m and 1600m for the Youth's.

The bcycling programme features four races in the Open category and two in the Youth's.

A number of overseas heavy event competitors are currently in the country and a few are expected to join the Scots to contest the seven disciplines on the programme. The SHGA have encouraged the junior throwers this season with the introduction of a league for them, and it's been good to see a number of games putting on a competition for them..

There is always a huge number of overseas visitors at St Andrews and they are catered for with a race for both male and fema competitors. Childrens races for all ages will also take place midway through proceedings.

The Tog o War competition will feature both male and female teams.

If it's the sight of tartan and the sound of  the pipes you like, well you won't be disappointed, there is a full programme of Highland Dancing and Solo Piping while the City of St Andrews Pipe Band will alsp play for your entertainment.

Add in an array of stalls, refreshment tent and mini fun fair and an afternoon of not to be missed entertainment is in prospect.

And an added bonus the weather forecast looks favourable.

Those attending should note that it is cash only at the gates, there is no card facilty on site.

Published: 2019-07-26 21:36:41