Record day at the Markinch Highland Games


Highland dancers at the Markinch Games.

There was something for everyone including the oldest pipe competition in the country, solo pipe, highland dancing, running, cycling, heavyweight events, fun races for the kids , as well as an array of stalls, trade stalls and a funfair.

Organizers have been warned that floor records could be broken in the heavyweight events and this was the case with Vladislav Tulacek of the Czech Republic setting new figures of 16′ 10” in the weight of 56lb above the contest helm erasing the previous record set by the great Geoff Capes 39 years ago.

On the track, the race of the day was the 8000 meters RSHGA Scottish Grass Track Championship.

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Vlad Tulacek breaks Geoff Capes’ 39-year-old record.

With the company riding on the ground, the 15 cyclists thrilled the large crowd as they rode the 26 laps of the 300-metre circuit in John Dixon Park.

As the riders took the bell, six were still in contention and it would be Isaac Small of Deeside, 16, in just his second games as a senior who would prevail, crossing the line a bike length from Alexander McCrae of Glasgow with Gavin Shirley Castle Douglas in third place.

The Ibrox Boys Memorial Trophy which commemorates the five boys from Markinch who lost their lives in the Ibrox disaster is awarded to the then young athlete who on that occasion was Kelso’s Matty Fleming.

Outside the main arena, there was a huge entry of 140 Highland dancers, from toddlers to adults, as well as solo pipers who competed on two separate stages to accommodate the numbers.

Sponsor John Morris presents Isaac Small with his medal following his victory in the Scottish 8000m Championship.

The leader of the day was local man Gordon Michie, head of fundraising in Scotland for Poppyscotland.

The games ended with the traditional parade of pipers who played Salute to the Chieftain before the awards ceremony.

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Jennifer R. Strohm