Markinch prepares to host historic games on Sunday

Heavy event action from a previous Markinch Games.
Heavy event action from a previous Markinch Games.

All roads lead to John Dixon Park this Sunday for the annual Markinch Highland Games.

The games are one of the oldest in Scotland and feature the full range of traditional events including athletics, cycling, Highland dancing, heavy weight events, solo piping and a pipe band contest.

On the running track the top race is the open 90 metres handicap, where a strong field includes reigning New Year Powderhall Sprint champion Dylan Ali (Hawick). Local runners include Graeme Lister, Kirkcaldy, and Glenrothes man Cumbie Bowers.

There are also open events over 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m and 3200m.

There is a boost for the youth runners with the introduction of separate invitation 90 metres races for boys and girls to add to the 90m, 200m, 400m, 800m and

There is a good entry for both the open and youth cycle events with the highlight the Scottish 8000m championship over 26 laps of the Dixon Park grass track.

Another high quality field is set to contest the heavy events with Markinch a favourite venue for throwers.

Last year four ground records were broken by Lukas Wenta in the light and heavy shot put and by Craig Sinclair in the light and heavy hammer.

Over 100 highland dancers of all ages will also compete, while there are also contests for solo pipers, drum majors as well as a pipe band contest with the grand march past of the bands at the close of the games.

Outwith the main arena there will be a full array of stalls, trade stands and sideshows as well as Stirling’s Funfair. Entry is £6 for adults and £3 for children & OAPs. The action starts at 12.30 p.m.