Thornton ready for annual gathering

The foot races will be among the attractions at Thornton Games.
The foot races will be among the attractions at Thornton Games.

The 161st Thornton Highland Gathering takes place in the town’s Memorial Park this Saturday.

There will be a full programme of running,cycling, heavy events, solo piping, Highland dancing, pipe bands, tug-o-war and special entertainment.

A number of the area’s athletes are set to be in action in the running events.

The open competitors will have races over 90m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m and 3200m, with the youths contesting at 90m, 200m, 800m and 1600m.

All the foot races are handicap events, which allows the 16-year-olds to line up alongside the 60 year-olds, all in theory with an equal chance of winning.

A full programme of heavy events is scheduled, featuring shot putt, hammer throwing, weight for height and distance, and tossing the caber.

There are cycle races for both open and youth competitors.

If it is the sight of tartan you like, you won’t be disappointed as there will be a full programme of Highland dancing taking place all afternoon, as well as pipe band and solo piping competitions.

The march past of the bands will take place at the close of the games when the winners of the various grades will be announced.

For the first time, a five-man tug of war contest will take place, while midway through proceedings there will be fun races for children of all ages.

Outwith the main arena, there will be an array of trade stands and stalls as well as a fun fair.

See next week’s Gazette for a report, results and pictures.