Sun shines on Girvan’s Lowland Gathering

Long Jump - this is the first year of athletics at the event.
Long Jump - this is the first year of athletics at the event.

Sunday saw the 34th Lowland Gathering take place at Victory Park with new athletics events included for the first time.

Regular show-goers would also recognise another welcome attraction - the sun - which brightened up the day for the large crowds.

Organised annually by the volunteers of the Girvan and District Attractions committee the action began at 11am with the Highland Dancing Competitions.

At 11.30 it was time for the exciting new event for the Lowland Gathering when the athletics competition got underway. The events were organised by Girvan’s Andrew Murphy who has competed nationally and internationally for Team GB and felt the Lowland Gathering would be a great place for an athletics event.

The Gathering was officially opened by this year’s Chieftain Hugh Brown at 12.45pm. A stalwart of Girvan station for 37 years Hugh says he was delighted to have been given the honour of being Chieftain and he follows in the footsteps of people like Elaine Mitchell, Denis Reid, Jimmy Lindsay and John Dalrymple-Hamilton to name a few.

After Hugh’s opening, the long jump competition ookplace before the pipe band competition. This year the Girvan Attractions welcomed along pipe bands from Irvine and District, Ayr, Lochryan and the 1st Troon Boys Brigade and Troon Blackrock.

Also from 1pm onwards were the heavyweight competitions with the shot putt and the throwing of the 28 pound for distance and the heats of the 100 yards sprint take place.

At 2pm in a bonus for athletics fans was the tradition Saughhill Race will start whilst other athletes competed in the scots hammer throw, tossing the caber and throwing the 56lb weight for height in the heavyweight competition as well as the triple jump, high jump and the 100 yards final.