2010 Inverness Highland Games Review and Results

The 2010 Inverness Highland Games saw a number of changes to our event following the bold decision to move the event from Bught Park by the Games Committee. The move back home to the smaller Northern Meeting Park, the venue for the staging of Highland Games in Inverness from 1864 to 1948, was a hugely significant step for our Games enabling it to be successfully combined with the Inverness Armed Forces Day celebrations for the first time and to be used as the perfect curtain raiser for the Inverness Tattoo the following week.

The use of the smaller NMP created some problems for the Games Committee not least of which was the fact that it was not possible to fit everything into the space available and saw the Solo Piping Competitions staged on the lawns outside Eden Court Theatre to the delight of passers by. Inside the Games arena, a wonderful more intimate atmosphere was created with the crowd being able to get much closer to the action than they had been in previous years.

The introduction of a tight 250m running track produced some thrilling races on the day and the reintroduction of sprint races over 100 yards was very popular amongst the competitors. After a wonderful morning of keenly contested junior athletics, the crowd roared its approval as the Armed Forces Day Parade, which had brought the City Centre to a standstill arrived and 7 Pipes and Drums Band and nearly 800 marchers entered the field. It was a wonderful sight which was deservedly cheered by everybody present.

After Games Chieftain Provost Jimmy Gray declared the Games opened, the heavy events got underway. With 11 competitors taking part we knew we were in for an intense afternoon and so it proved as 2009 World Champion Aaron Neighbour of Australia emerged victorious after a titanic struggle with 2009 Masters (40-44) World Champion Jason Young and 2009 Amateur World Champion Sinclair Patience and World Finalist Bruce Robb.