Highland Games 2011

AND we go over like this. Young competitors take their turn at the high jump.
AND we go over like this. Young competitors take their turn at the high jump.
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STONEHAVEN Highland Games took place in some lovely sunshine on Sunday, a minor miracle considering the weather in the previous week and the forecast for the day.

The sun shone all afternoon until around 4pm when it got a little cooler, but by that time most of the sizeable crowd were thinking about making their way home after an enjoyable experience.

STONEHAVEN Lions Club manned a busy burger stall at the event.

STONEHAVEN Lions Club manned a busy burger stall at the event.

The success of the games was a tribute to the hard work of the games committee, led by chairman Roger Barnett.

Thirteen heavy althletes took part in the open heavy events, part of the Glenfiddich Championships. They included six competitors from the USA, including one lady.

There were also good entries in the qualifying heavy events and the open light events and an exceptionally good entry in the dancing competitions, run as always by Eileen Lindsay and her team.

The heavy events, light events and dancing took place in the main arena, the Stonehaven Juniors football ground, while the tug-o-war was held on an adjacent area of grass to protect the pitch.

MASTER of Ceremonies was Robbie Shepherd MBE. He is pictured with Games chairman Roger Barnett, right and secretary Ken Scott.

MASTER of Ceremonies was Robbie Shepherd MBE. He is pictured with Games chairman Roger Barnett, right and secretary Ken Scott.

The event was also supported by a variety of stalls and attractions, giving the spectators plenty to do.

Music was provided by the award winning Portlethen and District Pipe Band who performed on three occasions during the afternoon.

One of the American competitors, Mike Pockoski won the overall championship in the heavy events with his compatriot Rusty Price second. Bruce Robb was the top placed Scot in third.

Lorne Colthart dominated the qualifying heavy events for althletes 18-25. He won all five events, hammer, light stone, 28lb weight for distance, caber and weight over the bar.

SIX competitors from the USA took part in the open heavy events, adding plenty of colour to the proceedings. From left, Sam Grammer, Mike Pockoski, Kate Mason, Ryan Vierra, Rusty Price and Dave Garman.

SIX competitors from the USA took part in the open heavy events, adding plenty of colour to the proceedings. From left, Sam Grammer, Mike Pockoski, Kate Mason, Ryan Vierra, Rusty Price and Dave Garman.

Elgin were the top team on display in the tug-o-war, winning both the open and weight restricted events.

In the solo piping, Pamela Whyte was the best over 18 competitor winning both the March and Strathspey and Reel.

Andrew Clark won both March and Strathspey and Reel in the under 18s and Fraser Maitland was best local competitor.

COMPETITORS line up in the girls 7-9 race. The handicapper had been at work giving the younger runners a start.

COMPETITORS line up in the girls 7-9 race. The handicapper had been at work giving the younger runners a start.