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The 43rd Lochcarron Highland Games has been hailed another ‘huge success’ despite being hit with appalling weather conditions and the loss of several elements from the tented village.

The ‘Friendly Games’ at Attadale Gardens were supported for the fifth year in succession by Bakkafrost Scotland as headline sponsor, with residents and visitors from all over the world celebrating Scottish sport and dancing, as well as music and food.

Joanna Macpherson, chair of Lochcarron Highland Games, said:

“Our flagship ‘Heavy Events’ saw top athletes test their strength, skill and resolve in the traditional hurling the hammer, throwing the shot, and tossing the caber events with Sinclair Patience and Jamie Gunn ending as joint leaders which was memorable given that both their fathers have held records at the Lochcarron Highland Games in previous years.
“In the athletic competitions, one of the most notable achievements was Callum Smith finishing first in the Open Hill Race with a time of 19 minutes, 29 seconds which given the conditions was remarkable - and only 19 seconds slower than the all-time record achieved back in 2009.
“There was also a terrific family double as Fraser MacDonald won the 100m race, as did his wife Stephanie in the Ladies version. Andrew Melville and his daughter Sapphire both did very well in their respective races too. The Local Hill Race winners were Robin Downie and Vivienne Goodman.”

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band performed at the event, led by their President & DrumMajor Peter MacDonald, with several musicians also taking part in the athletic competitions. The Isle of Skye Highland Dancers also put in a highly acclaimed performance.

“We are grateful for Bakkafrost Scotland’s generous support, which helped us put on an excellent event with all the funds raised going back into the community,” added Joanna. “Thanks to their support, new tents were added to the field and were able to offer generous prize money.
“Many families attended and enjoyed the day with so many stalls to visit as well as the Speyside Falconry displays to admire. Thank you must as always be given to all the volunteers who made the day such a success.”

Ian Laister, managing director, Bakkafrost Scotland added:

“Huge congratulations have to go to all the participants, and to the team of volunteers, for working hard to put on another successful event – especially in the extremely difficult weather conditions.

“Lochcarron Highland Games is always a highlight for not only the local community, but also those who travel from all over the world to see the events, and we were delighted to continue our sponsorship into a fifth year.”