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As many as 4,000 people will descend on Brodick today for one of the island’s summer highlights, the Highland Games.
And for one heavy events competitors it will be an emotional day as it will mark the final competition for Arran’s Scott Clark after a career spanning 27 years.
He made his first appearance in Brodick as an 18 year old teenager and, having just turned 45, he has decided to call it a day. He has competed in events all over the world in Moscow, St Petersburg, Los Angeles, Jakara, across Europe and all over Scotland. But it perhaps fitting that his final competitive event will be in front of a home crowd on Arran.
He says as a boy it was seeing Alan Pettigrew, who still officiates, throwing the hammer that got him hooked after his dad’s friend John White gave him the hammer he still uses.
Scott said: ‘I feel it is time to retire. I train all winter just to stay at the same level and at my age the aches and pains are beginning to take their toll. I would like to try something else before I get any older.’
This year will also see a Strongman competition as well as the
traditional heavy events and the return of the McGlashan Stones, which proved a popular attraction when they were seen for the first time on the island last year.
The Strongman events are: Pressing medley (60kg dumbbell 1 hand, axel lift and giant log with 75 second time limit), giant flip (300kg railway sleepers over 25m course), Husefelt stone (182kg for distance), and the
Mcglashan Stones (weighing 110kg, 120kg, 130kg and 150kg).
The Strongman competitors are:
- Ewan Cameron, an 18-stone fireman who has competed in Scotland’s and Britain’s Strongest Man, and recently came 4th in British Masters Strongman.
- Ritchie Thomson, who is 6ft 3in and 23 stone, and has competed for Scotland in rugby league and rugby union, now trying his hand at Strongman.
- Dr Colin Bayne, a 17-stone former power lifting champion who has
competed in Britain’s Strongest Man.
- Jamie Barr, who is 6ft 2in and 18 stone, and has competed twice at worlds
strongest man and is Scotland’s most decorated Strongman ever.
The Strongman entrants will also compete in the traditional events and there will be a chance for the crowd to see just how heavy some of these
Three visiting pipe bands from Maybole, Kilbarchan and Kirkintilloch will join the Isle of Arran Pipe Band on their traditional march from the ferry terminal to the Ormidale Park and back, as well as entertaining the crowd throughout the day.
The day starts with the Highland Dance competition from 11am with the children’s fancy dress kicking off the main events including running, pillow fighting, field sports and the tug-of-war at 1pm.