2015 Heavy Events
Since we introduced a ladies heavy events, for the first time they outnumbered the male entrants. In the men's event we had Neill Elliott - Galsgow; Ciaran Wright - Falkirk; Kyle Randalls - Grangemouth; Bruce Robb - Oakley and Daniel Carlin - Barrhead. In the ladies event we had; Elizabeth Elliott - Glasagow; Stacey Wilson - Edinburgh; Laura Gillespie - Dunfermline and first timers; Hazel Robertson - London; Zoe Yule - Livingston and Andrea Reilly - Rutherglen.
Owing to a change in direction in throwing and the bit wind that picked up in the afternoon, distances thrown were down on last year. Only Stacey threw a ground record in the 11lb stone put where she bettered Laura's mark of last year (9.71m with a new record of 9.88m.
and Andrea Reilly - Rutherglen.
Stacey was 1st overall in the ladies, Laura 2nd and Liz 3rd. In the men's Kyle was overall winner, Bruce 2nd and Daniel 3rd.
Is this a first? 3 couples compete at Heavy Events in North Berwick 2013
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.
The 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 for us but, it has apparently 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.