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What's on at Strathpeffer Highland Gathering as showcase Ross-shire event tees up big return to action at Castle Leod


By Hector MacKenzie

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Over 100 runners took part in the hill race at the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering in 2017. Picture: Gair Fraser
Over 100 runners took part in the hill race at the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering in 2017. Picture: Gair Fraser

The Strathpeffer Highland Gathering team is gearing up for the eagerly anticipated return of the event tomorrow (Saturday) with visitors from around the globe expected.

The event fell foul of Covid over the past two years and in 2019 was cancelled because of the weather.

Scores of events are being staged at the event which is being held in the grounds of Castle Leod.

Gates open at 9.30am with local field event competitions starting at 11am and all other events from 1pm.

Local events – open to residents of Ross and Cromarty – include everything from Highland dancing to running, jumping and cycling and heavy events.

For visitors to the area, it's a chance to see traditional Highland Games events such as tossing the caber while dancers and pipers have a host of different categories to contest.

Flashback: Dance competitors Cara Wilson of Dingwall (left) and Dara Wood of Tain at a previous Strathpeffer Highland Gathering. Picture: Gair Fraser
Flashback: Dance competitors Cara Wilson of Dingwall (left) and Dara Wood of Tain at a previous Strathpeffer Highland Gathering. Picture: Gair Fraser

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Events programme

Starting Times

Gates Open 9.30am

Junior Piping 10.30am

Local Piping followed by Open Piping 10.30am

Piobaireachd 10.30am

Local dancing & local field events 11am

Hill Race Noon

All other Open Events 1pm

Local Competitions

(Open only to residents of the County of Ross & Cromarty)

Piping &Dancing (with prizes for 1st/2nd/3rd/4th)

1. Highland Fling – (12 and under) £8 £5 £4 £3

2. Sword Dance – (12 and under) £8 £5 £4 £3

3. Sean Truibhas – (12 and under) £8 £5 £4 £3

4. Highland Fling – (13 – 15) £10 £8 £6 £4

5. Sword Dance – (13 -15) £10 £8 £6 £4

6. Sean Truibhas – (13 – 15) £10 £8 £6 £4

7. Highland Fling – (16 and over) £12 £10 £7 £5

8. Sword Dance - (16 and over) £12 £10 £7 £5

9. Sean Truibhas - (16 and over) £12 £10 £7 £5

Running, Jumping & Cycling:

10. 220 yards Race £10 £8 £7 £5

11. High Jump £10 £8 £7 £5

12. Half Mile Race £10 £8 £7 £5

13. One Mile Cycle Race £10 £8 £7 £5

Flashback: Heavy competitor Sinclair Patience of Tain watched by fellow competitors Harry Zagorski, (left) ,Alness and David Ogilvie, Munlochy at a previous Strathpeffer Highland Gathering. Picture: Gair Fraser
Flashback: Heavy competitor Sinclair Patience of Tain watched by fellow competitors Harry Zagorski, (left) ,Alness and David Ogilvie, Munlochy at a previous Strathpeffer Highland Gathering. Picture: Gair Fraser

Heavy Events:

14. Putting the Light Ball £12 £10 £8 £6

15. Throwing Light Hammer £12 £10 £8 £6

16. 28lb Weight for Distance £12 £10 £8 £6

17. Tossing the Caber £12 £10 £8 £6

OPEN COMPETITIONS

Piping & Dancing

18. Junior Bagpipe playing – Strathspey &Reel (under 15)

19. Junior Bagpipe playing – March (under 15)

20. Junior Bagpipe playing – Strathspey & Reel (15 to under 18)

21. Junior Bagpipe playing – March (15 to under 18)

22. Junior Piobaireachd – (15 to under 18)

23. Bagpipe playing – March

24. Bagpipe playing - Strathspey & Reel

25. Bagpipe playing – Jig

27. Littlejohn Piobaireachd Competition

28. Highland Fling – (12 and under)

29. Sword Dance - (12 and under)

30. Sean Truibhas – (12 and under)

31. Half Reel of Tulloch – (12 and under)

32. Irish Jig – (12 and under)

33. Hornpipe – (12 and under)

34. Highland Fling – (13 to 15)

35. Sword Dance – (13 to 15)

36. Sean Truibhas – (13 to 15)

37. Half Reel of Tulloch – (13 to 15)

38. Irish Jig – (13 to 15)

39. Hornpipe – (13 to 15)

40. Highland Fling – (16 and over)

41. Sword Dance – (16 and over)

42. Sean Truibhas – (16 and over)

43. Half Reel of Tulloch – (16 and over)

44. Irish Jig – ‘IN COSTUME’ – (16 and over) - Munro Medal

45. Hornpipe – (16 and over)

Running, Jumping & Cycling:

46. 100 Yards Race

47. Long Jump

48. Timed 1 lap Cycle Race (Senior)

49. Timed 1 lap Cycle Race (Junior)

50. 880 Yards Race

51. 880 Yards Cycle Race (Senior)

52. 880 Yards Cycle Race (Junior)

53. High Jump

54. 100 yards Race – (Girls 12 to 15)

55. 100 yards Race – (Boys 12 to 15)

56. 100 yards Race – (Girls u12 h/c)

57. 100 yards Race - (Boys u12 h/c)

58. 100 yards Race – (Veterans over 40)

59. One Mile Cycle Race (Senior)

60. One Mile Cycle Race (Junior)

61. 220 yards Race

62. One Lap Race (Girls 12 to 15)

63. One Lap Race (Boys 12 to 15)

64. One Lap Race (Girls u12 h/c)

Running, Jumping & Cycling

65. One Lap Race (Boys u12 h/c)

66. One lap race (Female spectators)

67. One lap race (Male spectators)

68. Hop, Step and Leap

69. Under 16 Relay team – Teams of 4 Medals awarded

70. 440 Yards Race

71. De’il Cycle Race (Senior)

72. De’il Cycle Race (Junior)

73. One Mile Race

74. Relay Race – Teams of 4

Heavy Events:

75. Putting the Light Ball

76. Putting the Heavy Ball

77. Throwing the Light Hammer

78. Throwing the Heavy Hammer

79. 28lbs Weight for Distance

80. Throwing the 56lbs Weight for Distance

81. Throwing the 56lbs Weight for Height

82. Tossing the Strathpeffer Caber

Tug of War:

83. Tug of War (Teams of 8, 12 ft pull) register by 1pm

Hill Race: (Start Time 12pm)

84. Men

Ladies

Veterans – (over 40) Male and Female

Veterans – (over 50) Male and Female

Veterans – (over 60) Male and Female

Boys – (age 14 &15)

Girls – (age 14 &15)

Junior Boys - (age 12 &13)

Junior Girls – (age 12 &13)


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