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Words and pictures Mark Davey

Dark clouds and rain threatened Southend’s Highland games as racers including three legged runners tripped through events.

A few spots of rain were felt during the evening, which was opened at 6pm sharp by pipers and drummers from Kintyre Schools Pipe Band, but neither a downpour nor midges appeared.

Master of ceremonies, John Galbraith, aided by the volunteers of Southend Highland Games committee, ran a tight schedule and races ran seemlessly until about 8.30pm.

Events opened with the under six boys and girls races followed by the six to eights before the mens and ladies’ 100 yards Blue Riband sprints, won by Kevin McIntyre and Natalie Sharp respectively.

Across on the field competitors were testing their strength in the traditional tossing the caber, shot putt, hammer, weight over a bar and less formal tossing a tyre and flinging a broomstick.

Both the ladies and mens’ races including the half mile and mile races were mesmerizing.

Senior female athlete Natalie Sharp ran out the winner in all ladies events up to the half mile with Jennifer Martin taking the mile crown.

There were mighty battles in both mens half mile and mile events between winner Matthew Turner, Gregor Campbell and Drew Dutton.

Before Tom Helme presented the prizes Mr Galbraith said a few words to praise past volunteers.

Mr Galbraith said: ‘Many of you will know that very sadly in the last 18 months we have lost three members of our committee.

‘In 2016 Barrie Gelder, 2017 John Cameron and 2018 Donald Taylor.

‘All three were integral to this event for decades, all admired and well respected by everyone.

‘We miss them at all times and even more so tonight, so please give a thought or raise your glass to our friends Barrie, Donald and John.’

For another dose of the fun and magic of these most traditional of events, Campbeltown Highland Games is on Saturday September 22 from 1pm to 6pm at the hospital field, Limecraigs. For full details go to: http://www.campbeltownhighlandgames.com

Southend Highland Games, full results: 100 yards men: 1 Kevin McIntyre, 2 Martin McCullum, 3 Sary Rahma. 100 yards ladies: 1 Natalie Sharp, 2 Gillian Docherty, 3 Caryn Kerr. 220 yards men: 1 Mathew Turner, 2 Sary Rahma, 3 Kevin McIntyre. 220 yards ladies: 1 Natalie Sharp, 2 Violet Campbell, 3 Gillian Docherty. 440 yards men: 1 Mathew Turner, 2 Kevin McIntyre, 3 Robin Barr. 440 yards ladies: 1 Natalie Sharp, 2 Jennifer Martin, 3 Violet Campbell. Half mile men: 1 Mathew Turner, 2 Gregor Campbell, 3 Drew Dutton. Half mile ladies: 1 Natalie Sharp, 2 Violet Campbell, 3 Elaine Cameron. Mile men: 1Matthew Turner, 2  Gregor Campbell, 3 Drew Dutton. Mile ladies: 1 Jennifer Martin,2 Violet Campbell, 3 Elaine Camero.n High jump men: 1 Martin McCallum, 2 Sary Rahma, 3 Craig Barbour & Kevin McIntyre. Hammer: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ian Smith, 3 Peter McKerral. Caber: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Peter McKerral. Shot-put men: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ian Smith, 3 Martin McCallum. Shot-put ladies: 1 Alison McIntyre, 2 Susan Gardener, 3 Catherine Ronald. Weight Overbar: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ian Smith, 3 Ross Broom. Weight for distance: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Martin McCallum, 3 Ian Smith. Broom throwing: 1 Margaret Moore, 2 Sarah Bakeman, 3 Catherine Ronald. Tyre Tossing: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Martin McCallum, 3 Ian Smith. Open Cup: Paul Dearie. Kevin Scally mile cup: Mathew Turner. Carskiey Cup: Kevin McIntyre. Ladies Carskiey Cup: Natalie Sharp.

For more Southend Highland Games action see the pages five, 34 and 52.

A sack race competitor keeps her eye on the opposition. 25_c30southendHG12_Girls_10_12_sack

Master of ceremonies John Galbraith. 25_c30southendHG32_MC_John_Galbraith

Possibly the most travelled group to attend from left: Ciaran Norris, Cameron Wright from the South of France, Martin McCallum, Logan Norris, Kenny Norris, Elizabeth Brodie, Jasmine Kerr Rojas from Mallorca and Jamie Kerr. 25_c30southendHG24_furthest_travelled

Programme sellers from left: Willie McMillan, Ian McIntyre and Margaret McMillan. 25_c30southendHG33_programme_sellers

Kintyre Schools Pipe Band performed at the start and half way through the games. 25_c30southendHG36_KSPB

Gregor Campbell sprints fro the line. 25_c30southendHG31_Gregor_Campbell_panned

Matthew Turner on the final bend of the men’s mile race. 25_c30southendHG34_Matthew_Turner

Ladies 100 yard racers from left: Gillian Docherty, Natalie Sharp and Caryn Kerr. 25_c30southendHG18_woMens_100yds_winners

Mens 100 yard racers from left: Sary Rahma, Kevin McIntyre and Martin McCallum. 25_c30southendHG17_Mens_100yds_winners

Peter McKerral tossing the caber. 25_c30southendHG20_peter_McKerral_Caber

Boys six to eight three legged racers. 25_c30southendHG21_boys_6_8

Under six girls three legged winners. 25_c30southendHG14-_U6_3_legged

Under six girls racers. 25_c30southendHG01_U6_girls

Under six boys racers. 25_c30southendHG02_U6_boys

Competitors in the mums with toddlers race. 25_c30southendHG35_mums_toddler