Sports and raft race – 23rd July 2011

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It was sunshine all the way for the sports and raft race on Saturday 23 July as it was one of the hottest days this Summer and certainly one of the most cloudless sports days for a while. People came from far and wide to participate or simply sit on their picnic rugs and enjoy the spectacle. Everything was extremely well organised by a willing and efficient committee with plenty of volunteers to marshal the track and field events while the refreshment tent workers did a great trade in food and drink.

The day started at 12 noon with the Raft Races. The brave ventured out on their vessels some of which were water tight and others decidedly dodgy. However they all got round and the winners' names will appear once we have been officially notified by the record keepers.

The Raft Race prizes went to:

Children  1st Jolly Achinduinian
Best design Bloody Thing
Best name The Not so Black Pearl
Teenagers/Adult 1st Jolly Achinduinian
Best design Fishing Impossible
Best name Dunkin Donuts

There was a rush for the refreshments after the raft race as everyone made their way to the sun-filled newly-mown field. There were races for pre 5s through to veterans as well as hammer throwing, discus, sheaf tossing and the junior and senior hill races. The climax, as ever, was the titanic struggle between the north and south of the island in the tug of war. Meanwhile for those more interested in the decorative arts there was a face painting, limb decorating, sticker tattoos stall which was popular throughout the day.

Hill Race Winners

Primary Shona Wright
Seamus MacNamara
Teenagers Chloe Smith
Jordan Mulgrew
Adults Geno Bessers
Murray Willis

Overall Sorts Champions

Teenagers Chloe Smith
John Carmichael
Ladies Donna Smith
Gents Robbie Cook

The Tug of war was won by the north in the primary and teenage categories and the south in both adult categories.

Text and photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 25th July 2011
Photographs provided by David White on 26th July 2011
Photographs provided by Lorraine Black 30th July 2011
Photographs provided by Marlene MacKinnon 2nd August 2011

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Eilidh Mac Namaa sent the following comments on Sat, 06 Aug 2011 14:23:10 +0100

Great day! I think we should introduce ladies arm wrestling next year, it would be most entertaining!

eric g sent the following comments on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:06:28 +0100

Sporting commentators have suggested that the North end men's team couldn't pull the skin off a banana.

Heather sent the following comments on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:02:06 +0100

I agree with Teenie – I think there should be "veteran" categories for the three legged – me and Mary Twin up against the teenagers isnae fair!!!

Teenie Wilson sent the following comments on Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:08:22 +0100

Next year should have Granny and Grampa races – give Fat and I a fighting chance at the wheelbarrow race !!

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