Another busy weekend beckons with Highland Games at Ceres and Drumtochty on Saturday and the Lorne Games at Oban on Sunday.
There is always a great atmosphere and a big crowd to watch the events Ceres which all take place within the confines of a tight 200 metres circuit on the Bow Butts. It is always a popular meeting for the athletes and cyclists. The athletes have races over 90m, 200m, 800m 1600m and 3000m all handicaps.
There is regularly thrills and spills among the bikers, last year the luck of the Irish desrted rider steve Jackson who had the misfortune of being catapulted into the Ceres Burn which runs alongside the track after being brought down by fellow rider Charles Fletcher who had come off his bike on the greasy surface in the 3000 metres race, this was only one of a number of mishaps to befall the bikers.
The heavy event competitions are the highlight for many, because of the tight confines there is no hammer throwing this however doesn't detract from the quality of the athletes who take part. Last year Bruce Robb, Lukasz Wenta, Neil Elliot and Craig Sinclair thrilled the crowds.
The games which are the oldest free games in Scotland get underway at 12 noon.
For full details check out the games website at
The games held in Drumtochty Glen, Auchenblae is very popular with the heavy event competitors with it being a venue for the Grampian Games Championship. Tug o War is also fiercely contested here.
Last year in the light enents Tony Daffurn broke his own record in the long jump, and he may do so again if last week at Old Meldrum is anything to go by when he set new ground records in both the Long and Triple jumps.
The games also stages a hill race with a separate category for veteran athletes. Runners can enter on the day.
Events take place from 10am.
Lorne Games maybe in their infancy but are already growing in stature with an extensive programme of running, jumping and throwing scheduled to take place.
Running & jumping events all have six prizes and athletes can enter on the day, there are Open events over 90m,200m,400m,800m and 1600m as well as 4 x 150m relay. There are no fewer than 18 Youth races for different age category's as well as some separate events for boys and girls.
The jumping events are very popular at Oban , not only at Lorne but also at the Arglshire Games in late August, again there is 6 prizes as well as overall champion prizes for top three.
A good field is anticipated for the heavy events,with good prizes down to 6th place as well as overall prizes, there will also be separate 4 discipline competitions for Women, Youth's 13-U/16 and locals Argyle & Bute.
The action at Mossfield Stadium gets underway at 11am. For full list of events and prizes and all other relevant info go to http://lorne-highland-games.org.uk/
[All the games stage a highland dancing competition, solo piping and feature pipe bands.]
Published: 2015-06-25 22:56:12