Athletes descend on Southend for Highland games

Highland dancers entertained the crowd as they competed for prizes.

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With many events held in Kintyre last weekend, there were concerns about the potential attendance at Southend Highland Games, but the fears were unfounded, with more people on the field than last year.

The weather was also a worry but it turned out to be almost perfect – sunny with a slight breeze to keep the midges away!

Sportsmen, women and children competed in several heavy and traditional athletic events, including hammer throw, shot putt and broom throwing at Southend Community Playing Field last Saturday evening.

Paul Dearie dominated the men’s heavy events, while Jilly Lefebvre did well in both the ladies’ heavy and athletic events.

No highland games would be complete without bagpipes and Highland dancing – Kintyre Schools Pipe Band opened the evening’s proceedings and dancers from James McCorkindale’s School of Dancing kept the crowd entertained as they competed for prizes.

Trophies were presented by Jennifer Cameron, who donated the John Cameron Memorial Quaich in memory of her late husband. John had been long-time competitor, committee member and vice president of Southend Highland Games.

Secretary and treasurer John Galbraith said: ‘On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank all competitors, helpers and supporters who attended the event, as well as Jennifer Cameron for the memorial quaich, and Mr and Mrs Helm of Carskiey House for the beautiful new ladies’ Carskiey Cup.

‘We would also like to thank the many individuals and businesses who sponsor and donate to the games – it would be very difficult to run the event without them.’

Results: Men’s 100 yards: 1 John McCallum, 2 Kevin MacIntyre, 3 Daniel Conley. Ladies’ 100 yards: 1 Jilly Lefebvre, 2 Caryn Kerr, 3 Violet Campbell. Men’s 220 yards: 1 John McCallum, 2 Kevin MacIntyre, 3 Dom Sharkey. Ladies’ 220 yards: 1 Jilly Lefebvre, 2 Caryn Kerr, 3 Violet Campbell. Men’s 440 yards: 1 John McCallum, 2 MJ Sharkey, 3 Dom Sharkey. Ladies’ 440 yards: 1 Violet Campbell, 2 Kirstie Renton, 3 Caryn Kerr. Men’s half mile: 1 MJ Sharkey, 2 Gary Turner, 3 Dom Sharkey. Ladies’ half mile: 1 Jilly Lefebvre, 2 Caryn Kerr, 3 Kirstie Renton. Men’s mile: 1 Gary Turner, 2 Dom Sharkey, 3 MJ Sharkey. Ladies’ mile: 1 Violet Campbell, 2 Caryn Kerr. Men’s high jump: 1 Josh Arkell, 2 MJ Sharkey, 3 Dom Sharkey and Kevin MacIntyre. Ladies’ high jump: 1 Jilly Lefebvre. Hammer: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ross Broom, 3 Peter McKerral. Caber: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Peter McKerral, 3 Ian Smith. Men’s shot putt: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ian Smith, 3 Ross Broom. Ladies’ shot putt: 1 Jilly Lefebvre, 2 Caryn Kerr, 3 Louise MacIntyre. Weight over bar: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Alan Butler and Ian Smith, 3 Ross Broom. Weight for distance: 1 Paul Dearie, 2 Ross Broom, 3 Ian Smith. Broom throwing: 1 Louise MacIntyre, 2 Lynsey MacPhail, 3 Iona Campbell. Open Cup: Paul Dearie. Kevin Scally Mile Cup: Gary Turner. Carskiey Cup: Peter McKerral. Ladies’ Carskiey Cup: Jilly Lefebvre. John Cameron Memorial Quaich: Peter McKerral.