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Dufftown Highland Games celebrate a record-breaking return


By Abbie Duncan

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DUFFTOWN Highland Games made a triumphant return on Saturday, with a record number of guests attending this year’s event.

The chieftain, Alex Grant, leading the parade to start the Dufftown Highland Games. Picture: Beth Taylor.
The chieftain, Alex Grant, leading the parade to start the Dufftown Highland Games. Picture: Beth Taylor.

Games Secretary Brendan Farquhar said: “We had record crowds at this years games, we have never seen anything quite like it before, it was absolutely amazing.

“It was really good have everybody back together as a community. We had a huge turnout of local families attending and we had a vast amount of visitors as well. It was really quite spectacular to see on the day.”

Eve McDonald (left) and Rowan Baw (right) competing in the highland dancing. ..Dufftown Highland Games 2022...Picture: Beth Taylor.
Eve McDonald (left) and Rowan Baw (right) competing in the highland dancing. ..Dufftown Highland Games 2022...Picture: Beth Taylor.

The event marked the 130th Year of the Dufftown Highland Games and the first games since 2019.

Featured in the programme of events were light and heavy athletic events, children’s events, the Tug of War and the traditional Ben Rinnes Five Tops Hill Race.

There were also plenty of opportunities for international guests to participate in the Games, with visitors from America and Canada competing in Games events.

Canadian Nick Reynard competing in the Caber toss. Picture: Beth Taylor
Canadian Nick Reynard competing in the Caber toss. Picture: Beth Taylor

Mr Farquhar added: “It was a really great day all round, the weather was brilliant and everything went perfectly.

“It’s a testament to the efforts of the community, so I’d like to say a huge thanks to all our sponsors, the committee and the volunteers for helping us to make the day so good.”

The under 7's runners raced to the finish line. Picture: Beth Taylor
The under 7's runners raced to the finish line. Picture: Beth Taylor

Dufftown Highland Games Full Results:

Heavy events:

Heavy Hammer - James Dawkins, Aboyne

Light Hammer - James Dawkins, Aboyne

Putting 16lb Ball - Sinclair Patience, Tain

Putting 22lb Ball - Sinclair Patience, Tain

28lb Weight for Distance - Sinclair Patience, Tain

56lb Weight for Distance - Sinclair Patience, Tain

56lb Weight for Height - Craig Winslow, Dumbarton

Caber Toss - Craig Sinclair

Young Heavies:

Light Hammer - James Young, Insch

16lb Light Ball - Conon Quinn, Nethybridge

28lb Weight Over The Bar - Conon Quinn, Nethybridge

42lb Over the Bar - Nic Renyard, Canada

Caber Toss - James Young, Insch

Tug O' War:

725kg Winners - Cornhill

500kg Male Winners - Cornhill

580kg Mixed Winners - Cornhill

Light Events:

Long Jump - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

Triple Jump - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

High Jump - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

90m - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

200m - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

400m - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

800m - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

1600m - Ewen Bradley, Inverness

Benrinnes Five Tops Hill Race:

Gents 18-39 - Alistair Masson, Carnethy

Gents 40-49 - Andrew Davis, Ochill Hill Runners

Gents 50-59 - James Ashworth

Gents 60-69 - Alan Smith, Deeside Runners

Gents Overall - Alistair Masson, Carnethy

Ladies 18-39 - Naomi Lang, Aberdeen AC

Ladies 40-49 - Rachel Little, Insch Trail Runners

Ladies 50-59 - Veronique Oldham, Cosmics

Ladies Overall - Naomi Lang, Aberdeen AC

Ladies Local - Rachael Little, Insch Trail Runners

Gents Local - Sam Milton, Moray Road Runners

Children's Flat Race:

Girls 6yrs & Under - Charlotte Langtree, Insch

Girls 7 – 9yrs - Isobel Marshall, Aberdeen

Girls 10 - 12yrs - Nancy Charles, Insch

Girls 13 - 16yrs - Amber Robertson, Inverurie

Boys 6yrs & Under - Thomas Meadowlark, Tannadice

Boys 7 - 9yrs -Dillian McGill, Dufftown

Boys 10 - 12yrs - Arron Rowing, Aberlour

Boys 13 - 16yrs - Sityfied Nathan, France

Children's Sack Race:

Girls 6yrs & Under - Charlotte Fraser, England

Girls 7-9yrs - Isobel Marshall, Aberdeen

Girls 10 - 12yrs - Taylor Smith, Dufftown

Girls 13 - 16yrs - Maddie Fleethall, St Andrews

Boys 6yrs & Under - Arron Wilson, Insch

Boys 7 - 9yrs - Jani Schlachter, Germany

Boys 10 - 12yrs - Theo Loder, St Andrews

Boys 13 - 16yrs - Andrew Lumsden, Lossiemouth

Piping Competitions:

Drum Major Competition - Derek Dean, Huntly & District Pipe Band

Local Piper King Cup Winner - Bronagh Gillies, Dufftown

Local Piper Betty Law (nee Grant) Trophy – Struan Caldwell, Dufftown

Open Piper Colin McWilliam Memorial Cup – Eilidh McGregor, Towie

Local Drummer George Buchan Memorial Cup – Euan McBain, Dufftown

Open Drummer Shield – Tyler Smith, Forres

Angus Reid Cup – Most Improved Dufftown Piper – Lauren Caldwell McConnachie

Gormley Cup – Most Improved Dufftown Drummer – Gavin Campbell

Best Presented Pipe Band - Huntly & District

Highland Dancing:

Primary 4 years - PDB, PDB & HC - Iris Smith, Cairnie

Primary 5 years - PDB - Faye Wisnicki, Buckie

PDB & HC, Fling - Arya Coleman, Longside

Swords - Blair Fisher, Inverurie

Primary 6 years – PDB - Bethany Wilson, Muir of Ord

PDB & HC, Fling & Swords – Charlotte Langtree, Insch

8 years and under Beginners

Fling, Lilt, Most Points & Overall Beginner – Ellie Mae Stewart, Banff

Swords, Flora & R/up – Tilly Nelson, Inverness

Sean Truibhas & Reel – Elisha Chalmers, Banff

9 years Beginners

Fling & Most Points – Jess Kenny, Inverness

Swords & Reel – Leyonnie Wood, Fraserburgh

S/Truibhas, Flora & R/up – Natalie Masson, Huntly

Lilt – Cait Milne, Cairnie

10 & over Beginners

Fling, Swords, Flora, Most Point & Local Beginner – Rowan Bain, Archiestown S/T, Reel, Lilt & R/up – Carrie Hardie, Inverness

10 & under Novice

Fling, S/T, Flora & R/Up – Olivia Buchanan, Paisley

Swords, Reel, Lilt & Most Points – Isla Gerrard, Barthol Chapel

11 & over Novice

Fling & R/Up – Sebastian Ballantyne, Fraserburgh

Swords, S/T, Reel, Flora, Lilt & Most Points – Cara Lovie, Dunecht

Local Novice – Ciara Millsopp, Archiestown

12 & under Intermediate

Fling, S/T, H/P & Most Points – Alexis Neville, Turriff

Reel – Evie Parkin, Huntly

Swords, Jig & R/Up – Katie Barrons, Insch

13 & over Intermediate

Fling, Swords, S/T, Reel, H/P, Most Points, Overall Intermediate & Local Intermediate – Ellie Thomson-Bialy, Mulben

Jig – Imogen Duncan, Aberchirder

R/Up – Mirren McKinnon, Turriff

11 & under Premier

Fling, S/T & R/Up – Kayde Collie, Buckie

Swords, Reel, Jig, H/P, Most Points & Overall Premier Winner – Ruby Spence, Insch

13 & under Premier

Fling, Swords, S/T & R/up – Lucy Milne, Ellon

Reel – Louisa Milne, Cairnie

Jig, H/P & Most Points – Eilidh Smith, Huntly

15 & under Premier

Fling, S/T, H/P & Most Points – Isla Gauld, Aberdeen

Swords – Eva McDonald, Laurencekirk

Reel – Robyn Hall, Newmachar

Jig – Kaylyn Porter, Ellon

R/up – Willow Brown, Newmachar

Adults Premier

Fling, S/T & R/Up – Amy Robertson, Ellon

Swords, Reel, Jig, H/P, Most Points & R/Up Overall Premier – Brogan Martin, Huntly

Local Premier Leigh-Anne Smart Memorial Trophy presented by Smart Family – Katie Taylor, Craigellachie


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