Sports and raft race on 28th July 2012

The weather looked decidedly unsettled on 28 July for the annual raft race and sports’ day which is such a popular fixture on Lismore’s summer calendar. Showers threatened and only the palest of suns appeared occasionally. Fortunately, although the raft race was rained on, it didn’t spoil the fun and the rest of the afternoon stayed fine and warm although there were more people sitting under gazebos than is normal. As usual people came from far and wide to participate or simply to sit on picnic rugs and enjoy the spectacle and it was all extremely well organised by a very hard working 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 raft race started at 12 and the adult winners were “Passing Shower” and the children’s “The Girls”. Entries in both categories were down which may have been weather related.

On the field there was a great variety of flat races, as well as throwing events which included the discus, hammer, sheafs, the shot put and wellies which the children soon got the hang of. Notable among the sheaf tossers was Mark Westerby from Yorkshire who delighted the crowd with his effortless launching of the sheaf some feet above the bar and not only winning the event but helping to secure the men’s tug of war for the south.

There was also plenty for the children to enjoy with their skills being tested on space hoppers, moving balls round obstacles, and crawling through nets.

The hill race was popular with competitors and spectators alike and the winners were: Primary - Calum MacNamara and Katie Cook: teenagers James MacLeod and Eilidh Willis; adults – Calum MacGillivray and Laura Fenn. Overall champions who scored the most points in the most events were teenagers Ethan Campbell and Eilidh Willis and adults Eilidh MacNamara and Mark Westerby. The Tug of war was a clean sweep for the south who won in the primary, teenage and adult categories.

After the sports and raft race there was a well attended dance in the hall with The Darloch Ceilidh Band which raised almost £400 for hall funds.

77 photographs provided by David White on 5th August 2012
Text and 52 photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 5th August 2012

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