The Glenfiddich Grampian Highland Games Championships kicked off last weekend and Craig Sinclair got the first win, as he bested the field at the Cornhill Highland Games.
2011 Cornhill Highland Games
by Francis Brebner
The Cornhill Highland Games, held this past Saturday in Scotland, marks the beginning of the 12-Games series sponsored by Glenfiddich. The Glenfiddich Grampian Highland Games Championship League got off to a nice start with a sunny day and a total of seven top Scottish heavies from Scotland, with Craig Sinclair, Bruce Robb, Bruce Aitken, Steven King, John McLeod, and Stuart Anderson making up the field.
In the 16-lb. hammer Sinclair threw a distance of 136’ 11” to steal the show. His nearest rival, Aitken, placed second at 133’ 10” and King was third at 129’ 6”.
The 22-lb. hammer reached a climax with three athletes all going over 117’. Sinclair once again pulled out the win with an impressive throw of 123’ 2”, besting King who took second at 118’ 5”. Aitken placed third with 117’ 7”.
Robb took top honours in the 16-lb. shot with a winning throw of 48’. In second was Patience at 46’ and in third Sinclair at 44’ 11”.
The 22-lb. shot was a hard-fought skirmish between Robb, Patience and Aitken, with Robb nabbing the win with a put of 36’ 7”. Patience took second at 35’ 10”, leaving Aitken in third at 34’ 2”.
The 28-lb. weight-for-distance was a record-breaking event for Sinclair, whose throw of 77’ 4” broke his old record of 76’ 4” set in 2010. Second came Robb at 72’ 1”, and third Patience at 73’ 7”.
In the caber toss, using an 18-ft. long, 120-lb. implement, Sinclair’s toss of 12:20 was good for first place. Robb got 2:00 for second and Patience made a 70-degree effort for third.
In the final event with the 56-lb. weight-over-the-bar, a new ground record was set by Robb at a height of 15’ 3”; this broke the previous ground record he had set in 2009 at 15’ 2”. In second place was Sinclair at 14’ 6’’and in third place there was a tie between Patience and Aitken at 13’.
Glenfiddich Qualifier’s League 18–26 Years Old, Top Four: