Shane Fenton previews the last games of the season
Invercharron Highland Games which takes place on [Sat 17th September] up at Bonar Bridge in Sutherland may not be the biggest or most famous of games held during the season.
However, invariably, it is the results from these final games which determines the outcome of many of the season long SHGA leagues.
Unbelievably after 60 games held all over Scotland, that will once again be the scenario with quite a few of the prize money places in a few of the leagues still up for grabs, and it leaves athletes and cyclists in a state of perplexity as to whether they should make the long trek North.
There is an impressive list of events, on the running track there's an Open 90m-200m-400m-800m and 1600m as well as a relay and a hill race. Outwith sprints, the £300 first prize for the hill race is, as far as i know, the biggest for any event on the SHGA circuit.
Expect a good turn out of heavy event competitors with prize money of £100 for the winner of each discipline among the best in the country. The games are also the final countimg event of 12 for the inaugural Highland League for heavy events.
The Tug o War teams are well catered for, again good money up for grabs in the various weight categories.
Chieftain for the day is internationally acclaimed crime writer Val McDermid.
I had a glance through the programme some of it makes interesting reading, one item i liked was the refererence to the light field event ground records listed alongside the world record for these events, not the highland games world records, but thee world records. There is also a comparison with the heavy event ground records today compared to those of 1901!
One rule caught my attention - No betting on course or tracks!
You can read the entire 28 page games day programme for Saturday at this link.
Published: 2016-09-15 20:52:34