Scotland’s Glenfiddich Grampian Games League continued in Aberdeen last weekend, and Bruce Robb claimed the victory.
Bruce Robb won in Aberdeen, the third games in Scotland's Glenfiddich Grampian Highland Games League series. IronMind® | Cameron Sinclair photo.
The 2011 Aberdeen Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
Over six thousand of a crowd attended the Aberdeen Highland games this past Sunday which was the third games in the Glenffidich Grampian Games League. Stuart MacBride, the Aberdeen born author and crime writer, was the special guest of the Aberdeen Highland Games, and the legendary Bill Anderson judged the field of top heavies.
The first event got under way with the 16-lb. hammer with both Bruce Aitken and Craig Sinclair thrilling the crowds with a fantastic show in the art of hammer throwing which ended with Aitken taking the win with a throw of 129’ 4’’; in second place and only one inch behind was Craig Sinclair at 129 ’3’’, and in third place was Sinclair Patience with a throw of a 125’ 4’’, setting a new personal best, and in fourth place was Steven King with a throw of 120’ 2’’.
Moving onto the 22-lb. hammer the tables were reversed this time with Craig Sinclair taking the win over Aitken with a throw of 110’ 11’’; in second place was Bruce Aitken with 109’ 7’’; Bruce Robb was in third place with 102’ 4’’, and Steven King once again came in fourth place with 98’ 7’’.
In the 16-lb. open stone it was the young Lorne Colthart who dominated with a very nice put of 53’10’’. Sinclair Patience was second with a put 50’ 5’’, in third place was Bruce Robb with 49’ 6’’, and just a few inches behind in fourth place was Craig Sinclair with 48’ 3’’.
The 22-lb. open stone was won by Bruce Robb with a put of 43’ 3’’. The next three places were very tight with Sinclair Patience getting second with a put of 40’ 11’’, in third place was Lorne Colthart with a 39’ 6’’, and in fourth place was Craig Sinclair with 38’ 10’’.
In the 28-lb. weight for distance, Craig Sinclair showed great form with a winning distance of 83’ 11’’. In second place was Bruce Robb with a throw of 80’ 5’’, in third place was Sinclair Patience with 74’, and Bruce Aitken came in fourth place with a distance of 73’ 2’’.
In the caber toss, which used a 17’ long and 130-lb. caber, Bruce Robb won with a perfect 12 o’clock toss. In second place was Lorne Colthart a toss of 11:55, in third place was Steven King with a toss of 1:20, and in third place was Sinclair Patience with a toss of 2:20.
It all came down to the last event with the 56-lb. weight over the bar and this was won by Bruce Robb at a height of 15’ 6’’. Craig Sinclair and Lorne Colthart tied for second at a height of 14’ 6’’, and both Sinclair Patience and Steven King tied at a height of 14’.