In 2014 the Forres Highland Games were held on Saturday July 5th. The Chieftain was Lena Scott, the wife of our long serving Secretary Mike. Like all the previous Chieftains, Lena has a long association with the Games, assisting Mike in all the administration tasks associated with organising a event such as this. She is an avid supporter of Highland Games in the North and has organised many end of season functions for all concerned.
Once again one of the main attractions of the day were the massed Pipe Bands where we had 10 Bands performing along with some members of a Pipe Band from Australia who were visiting the area, to the delight of the gathered pectators. Australian Athletics Coach Neville Sillitoe was once again in attendance with a squad of young Australian athletes from Melbourne along with the very best local athletes from Forres, Elgin and Inverness, we had an enthralling afternoons athletics competition on the track.
There was a new winner of the 10K Road Race with Central AC athlete John Newson getting the better of Forres Harrier Kyle Greig in the closing stages and Forres Harriers were once again the winners of the team competition. John's efforts were pretty remarkable, as he had just won the North of Scotland 3000M Championships on the track, 10 minutes prior to the start of the 10K.
Bruce Robb was the clear winner of the President's Trophy for the best overall performance at the Games. Whilst Ciaran Wright of Falkirk Victoria Harriers was the outstanding Junior Heavy.
The Cycling also proved a popular attraction, Charles Fletcher once again won the North Of Scotland 6000M Grass Track Championships title. There was also the popular Message Bike Races; which is open to both Locals and Visitors, certainly provided a number of exciting races.
In the Tug O War we had 3 teams competing and this years winners were Great Glen.
The usual high standard of competition in the Highland Dancing was on show with Laura Towns of New Deer coming out on top to win the overall best dancer trophy.
There was also a bridge building display by our local Army Regiment 39 Royal Engineers.