Glengarry Highland Games draws a crowd…but not midges thankfully!

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Some pleasant summer weather drew a reasonable crowd to the shinty field in Invergarry on Saturday for this year’s Glengarry Highland Games.

Despite the disappointing turnout for the heavy events with just three athletes taking part -even though prize money had been increased yet again – there was still plenty of fierce competition on display for the honours.

Star of the ‘heavies’ yet again was Jamie Gunn, who, despite not breaking any records, scored 18 points to post a clean sweep of all the events including the hammer and weight for distance events.

In the athletics events, Isla Mackay was the star of the afternoon, dominating the women’s events by winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and hill race.

Mungo Blakey was victorious in the men’s 100m and 200m, while Alfie Bentley won the men’s hill race in a time just 20 seconds less than the official course record of 23 minutes 20 secs.

In the junior events, Murray Donald took the finishing tape in the boys’ hill race just ahead of his brother, Fergus, while Almara Slemco was the girls’ hill race victor.

The tug-o-war also saw some intense competition, with eventual winners being the team from Blacksheep Hotels, which owns the nearby Rokeby Manor hotel.

Staff from the hotel also manned a stall offering a mouth-watering array of foods.

There was also fierce competition on the Highland Dancing platform while Lochaber Pipe Band helped entertain the spectators.

Chieftain for the Games this year was Freddie Service and Games Committee secretary Alison Donald told the Lochaber Times it had been an enjoyable day.

‘It was disappointing there were not more entrants for the heavy events but this could have been due to other events on the same day elsewhere,’ she said.

‘That aside, there was a reasonable turnout for the other events and there were plenty of spectators enjoying some pleasant weather without the attention of midges!’

RESULTS

Heavy events – overall winner, Jamie Gunn.

100m ladies – Isla Mackay

100m men’s – Mungo Blakey

200m ladies – Isla Mackay.

200m men’s – Mungo Blakey.

400m ladies – Isla Mackay.

Hill Race

Ladies – Islay Mackay.

Men’s – Alfie Bentley.

Juniors, boys -Murray Donald.

Juniors, girls -Almara Slemco