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Athletics

Running has been part of Highland Games since their formative years and is very much enjoyed today by both participants as well as spectators.

Our running events include: 90m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m and for the youth: 90m, 200m, 400m, 800m.

We also have lights field events which include the long jump and triple jump competitions.

Cycling

Cycling has been introduced to our Highland Games as they are great to watch from the sprints to the De’il tak the hindmost which allows participants to cycle round the track with the last rider being removed each lap until a winner emerges.

Our cycling events include: 800m, 1600m, 3200m, De’il tak the Hindmost.

Heavyweights

Tossing The Caber

This event has changed little since its inception. Cabers are tapered and can vary in length and weight but usually around 150lbs and up to 17 feet. The object of tossing the caber is to throw the pole directly ahead, landing on the heavy end so that the light end makes a perfect turn over and lands pointing directly in line, away from the thrower. Points are then awarded on how straight the caber falls with any deviation attracting penalty points.

Throwing The 56lb Weight Over The Bar

The origins of this event will be fairly clear. In early games, large stones were thrown over a pole or rope and the height increased until a winner remained.  These days agricultural weights are used.

Putting The Shot

This was one of the simplest competitions, in that competitors were required to throw large boulders as far as possible.  Needless to say, no two boulders are alike, so some of the success boasted did not quite match up to others.

Nowadays the weight is standardised at 16lbs and 22lbs and a regulation steel ball replaces the rather less predictable stones.

Throwing The Hammer

Since a Blacksmith’s forge was to be found in almost every glen, it is not surprising that another Highland pastime was Throwing the Hammer.  These days throwing style is strictly controlled.

No turning is allowed and the thrower grasps the handle and swings the hammer three or four times round his head before releasing it behind him.  Whilst the spectators are quite safe, the occasional straying hammer can be a hazard for Judges and stray Games officials.

Throwing The Weight For Distance

Throwing the weight for Distance is done with a ball and chain, no more than 18″ long with a handle attached.

The thrower must use only one hand and has 9 feet behind the marker to make 3 full turns before releasing the handle and hurling the weight forward.

Competitors are disqualified if they unbalance themselves when throwing and step or fall over the trig. When properly executed, it is probably the most graceful of the heavyweight events but it has its risks hence “cage” to protect the spectators.

Highland Dancing

Highland dancing is a competitive and technical dance form requiring technique, stamina, and strength, and is recognised as a sport by the Sport Council of Scotland.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet. Highland dancing is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

Highland dancing should not be confused with Scottish country dancing which is both a social dance (that is, a dance which is danced with a partner or partners) like ballroom dancing, and a formation dance (that is, a dance in which an important element is the pattern of group movement about the dance floor) like square dancing.

Some Highland dances do derive from traditional social dances, however. An example is the Highland Reel, also known as the Foursome Reel, in which groups of four dancers alternate between solo steps facing one another and a figure-of-eight style with intertwining progressive movement. Even so, in competitions, the Highland Reel dancers are judged individually. Most Highland dances are danced solo.

Pipe Bands

We are delighted to welcome back the Balaklava Pipes and Drums to Stirling Highland Games this year. Piping performances are scheduled throughout the day for you to enjoy. The first march around the games field will stop of the Chieftains Gathering marquee just prior to 12:00 noon when our Highland Games Chieftain will officially announce the games open.

 

The Balaklava Pipes and Drums band of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association are based in Stirling, Scotland and practice at the 51st Highland Division T.A. Springkerse. The band is affiliated to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Association, Stirling Castle.

Kids Activities

We fully understand what it’s like when you take the family to an event and they get bored after 30 mins.

That’s why we have teamed up with Active Stirling again to provide some activities to keep them entertained!

THIS AREA OF THE HIGHLAND GAMES WILL SHOWCASE A VARIETY OF SPORTS PLUS A MINI HIGHLAND GAMES INCLUDING TUG O WAR, TOSSING THE MINI CABER AND MUCH MORE.

Let them run around while you chill for a bit and maybe consider who is entering the Visitors race around the highland games track in the afternoon.

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