Southend stars create Highland games magic

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Southend Highland games open cup champion, Carluke’s Paul Dearie was cheered all the way by a dedicated group of travelling South Lanarkshire fans.

The small group continued to cheer him on as the light fell and  he collected his prizes.

A heavy cloudburst, at about 3.30pm, did nothing to dampen the athletes spirits but did mean that John Galbraith occasionally left his other duties to push vehicles stuck in the quagmire by the gate.

In addition to the official events Campbeltown tennis club ran a skills challenge. It found an ace in Mark Robertson, who, after nearly breaking his parents, at 50 pence a go, managed to hit 10 balls into the tub in 30 seconds.

The full results from all the events are as follows: Men: 100 yards: 1 Kevin MacIntyre, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Peter McKerral. 220: 1 Kevin McIntyre, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Peter McKerral. 440: 1 Kevin MacIntyre, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Peter McKerral. Half mile: 1 Cameron Campbell, 2 Stuart McGeachy 3 James Murdoch. Mile: 1 Stuart McGeachy, 2 Cameron Campbell, 3 James Murdoch. High jump: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Kevin MacIntyre, 3 Fraser Cameron. Hammer: 1 Craig Nicolson, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Robert Earl.
Caber: 1 Craig Nicolson, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Kevin MacIntyre. Shot putt: 1 Craig Nicolson, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Robert Earl. Weight over the bar: 1 Robert Earl., 2 Craig Nicolson, 3 Paul Dearie. Weight for distance: 1 Craig Nicolson, 2 Paul Dearie, 3 Robert Earl.

Ladies: 100 yards: 1 Jilly Lefebvre 2 Hazel Barr, 3 Gillian Docherty. 220: 1 Jilly Lefebvre, 2 Hazel Barr, 3 Gillian Docherty. 440: 1 Jennifer Martin, 2 Hazel Barr, 3 Eilidh McAlister. Half mile: 1 Jennifer Martin, 2 Hazel Barr, 3 Eilidh McAlister. Mile: 1 Jennifer Martin, 2 Hazel Barr, 3 Eilidh McAlister. High Jump: winner: Jilly Lefebvre. Shot putt: 1 Susan Gardiner, 2 Jilly Lefebvre, 3 Hazel Barr. Broom Throwing: 1 Shelley Marsh. 2 Jennifer Cameron, 3 Susan Gardiner.