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WATCH: Cornhill Highland Games makes triumphant return


By Abbie Duncan

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THE 23rd Cornhill Highland Games was back in full swing last Saturday as the event returned for the first time since 2019.

The Portsoy Pipe Band make their way around the games field...Cornhill Highland Games - Saturday 4th June 2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
The Portsoy Pipe Band make their way around the games field...Cornhill Highland Games - Saturday 4th June 2022...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Although there was a reduced programme, with none of the typical marquees and stalls of previous Cornhill Games, there was still a large turnout for the event as many showed up to enjoy the bank holiday weekend sunshine.

Featured in the programme of events was children’s races, light and heavy athletic events, the tug of war and the Knock Hill Race which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

There were 14 runners in the traditional eight and a half mile race, with winner Kyle Greig from Alford finishing in just under an hour.

Mr Greig said: “It’s a great feeling to take part in the race again and so nice to be back after the cancellations of the last few years.

“I really enjoy taking part in the Knock Hill Race, it is one of the most well marked courses I’ve ever been on and the amount of volunteers is just superb.”

The event also featured music from The Portsoy Pipe Band and had plenty of food and drink stalls to choose from and despite the reduced programme the event was a huge success.

James Gregg, Chairman of the Games Committee said: "It has been great to have the games back. Although we had to scale it down this year, we have still had a great turn out.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get dancers this year, which was really unfortunate because that is what Cornhill Highland Games is known for, but they will be back next year along with the stalls and marquees.

"Having a reduced event has been a good way to ease back into it after a three year break, but we are just so glad to be back and are looking forward to keeping that momentum going to return bigger and better next year."


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