Owing to the bottom rugby pitch being reconfigured as a 3G artificial surface we have lost our main car park. Accordingly we've had to re-jig the layout for this year.
The main car park will now be at the south end of the site replacing most of the amusement stalls. The Highland Dancing arean will be moved to the same side as the play area. Some stall will be placed on the Dunbar Road side of the site as the main arena will be moved in by 5m.
Unfortunately, we've had to drop the solo piping competition for this year and utilise that space for other stalls. It may re-appear next year, it depends on how things work out this year.
Entry forms for stalls will be made available in a few days.
Below is the list of dates/times for this year's committee meetings. Any and all with an interest in this year's event are welcome to attend. All meetings take place in the Council Chambers, Quality Street, North Berwick.
Thursday 27th February from 7.30 pm
Thursday 24th April from 7.30 pm
Thursday 26th June from 7.30 pm
Thursday 17th July from 7pm for Pipe Band Draw, no earlier than 8pm for normal business meeting
Thursday 28th August from 7.30 pm
Thursday 30th October from 7.30 pm
The AGM will be held on Thursday 27th November from 7.30 pm
At this year's event we had 3 couples competing in the Heavy Events. We don't know if this has happened elsewhere. The couples were: Neil and Elizabeth Elliott from Glasgow; William and Laura Falconer also from Glasgow and Aaron Monks and Jen Chambers from Sydney, Australia. The women's entrants were completed by Stacey Wilson from Gilmerton, Edinburgh. Then men's entrants, taking the tally to 9 were: David Byers from Shotts; Beau Fay from Washington DC, USA; Michael Dickens from Austin, Texas, USA; Garry Hagan, Clydebank; Martin Bunyan from Edinburgh and Bruce Robb, Oakley.
It was a tough men's competition this year with some events being very close together. Throwing the North Berwick Stane resulted in a new ground record, with the current stane, of 6.68m being set by Bruce Robb beating the old mark of 5.81m set in 2011. Bruce also had a go at setting a new ground record in the throwing 56lb weight for height, an event he won with a throw of 15ft. He attempted to beat the existing record of 16ft set in 2004 but was unlucky to miss out. Tossing the Caber was decided by a "toss off" as 3 of them completed a full 12 o'clock throw at the first attempt. They had 3 attempts to complete a full toss from a fixed point and being measured for distance thrown. A bit unusual but apparently has happened elsewhere. Bruce Robb was the overall winner of the men's competition.
This was the 2nd year of a full women's competition, two of whom competed last year. Liz Elliott had obviously been doing some training as on several occasions went better than some of last year's throws and set a new ground record of 13.84m when throwing the 14lb weight for distance. However, newcomer Stacey Wilson proved to be just a wee bit better and set 3 ground records in 3 other events. Stacey was the overall winner of the women's competition.
Overall a great competition with a very appreciative audience supporting all 13 athletes.
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