The Friendly Games in the Forest Village
When: 2nd Saturday in August, 10 am to 5 pm (approx)
Where: Nethy Bridge Games Field, PH25 3DA
Cost: Adult £8.00 | Child £4.00 | Family £20.00
COVID-19 Update - 15.02.2021
Cancellation of Games 14th August 2021
As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold around the world a year ago, we considered and then confirmed the cancellation of our 2020 Abernethy Highland Games. This was a decision not taken lightly and there were those who thought it would all be passed by August. If only we had known then that we would be in a similar position a year later, it would have been hard to contemplate. However, that is exactly where we are.
The Committee of the Abernethy Highland Games have taken the painful decision to again cancel this year's Highland Games which should have taken place on Saturday 14th August. We are fully aware that this will again leave a huge hole in the village calendar on what has become the busiest weekend of the village's year. There is also the knock-on effect of the social and financial fabric of the village.
However, we have to remain focussed on the main picture and that is on overcoming Covid-19 and if missing another year of 'the games' helps in any way it is well worth it. If everybody sticks to the rules, then the sooner we will be through this ongoing tragedy.
In the meantime, we are working on next year's games, although I remember saying this a year ago, and we hope to see you all in Nethy on Saturday 13th August 2022.
Updates will be posted when appropriate here on this community website.
Sandy McCook - Chairman, Abernethy Highland Games Association
This is the official list of records set at the Games over the years. A £200 prize fund is shared amongst the setters of new records
|Putting the Shot Jnr boy||George Evans Inv Harriers||2017||21.30m|
|Putting the Shot Men||Scott Rider Kent||2013||16.86m|
|22lb Weight for Distance Jnr boy||G.S. Allan||1999||28.59m|
|28lb Weight for Distance Men||Scott Rider Kent||2013||25.08m|
|Scots Hammer Jnr boy||K Randals||2011||41.19m|
|Scots Hammer||M Sandford||2000||43.91m|
|44lb Weight over the Bar Jnr boy||George Evans||2017||18' 0"|
|56lb Weight over the Bar||Scott Rider Kent||2013||15' 9"|
|Putting the Shot Ladies||H Crowe Sale Harriers||1995||13.27m|
|100 yds (12 yrs & under boys)||Sean Rudolf Germany||2013||12.59|
|100 yds (12 yrs & under girls)||Katy Grantham||1997||12.6|
|100 yds (14 yrs & under boys)||D Flockhart||1996||11.2|
|100 yds (14 yrs & under girls)||Ailsa Clark Edinburgh||2013||12.19|
|100 yds ( 16 yrs & under boys)||Jas Bowie Inv Harriers||2005||11|
|100 yds (16 yrs & under girls)||R McKinnon||1997||12.2|
|100 yds (19 yrs & under junior men)||Adam Hobson||2012||10.6|
|100 yds (Men)||R Singer||1999||10.5|
|200 mtrs (14 yrs & under boys)||John Calholm||1990||26.5|
|200 mtrs (14 yrs & under girls)||Emma Young||1990||28.5|
|200 mtrs (Ladies)||Eleanor Brigg Inv Harriers||2013||27|
|200 mtrs (Men)||Ally Beaton Inv Harriers||2010||23.8|
|1500 mtrs (14 yrs & under boys)||C Fife Inv Harriers||2006||04:59.4|
|1500 mtrs (Men)||A Callan Sale Harriers||1997||04:18:30|
|High Jump (Men)||Lukas Prettenhaler, Austria||2013||1.78m|
|High Jump Ladies||Rachel MacKenzie||2004||1.64m|
|10 Mile Road Race (Men)||David Rodgers||2002||50.56|
|10 Mile Road Race (Ladies)||Lynn Harding||1996||59.41|
|10 Mile Road Race (Men +40)||Keith Varney||1998||53.13|
|10 Mile Road Race (Ladies +35)||Lynn Harding||1996||59.41|
|10 Mile Road Race ( Team 3 men & 1 lady)||Forres Harriers||2000||04:07.1|
Abernethy Highland Games Association
Abernethy Highland Games and Clan Grant Gathering are held on the playing field in the centre of Nethy Bridge on the second Saturday of August. These are one of the oldest traditional games in Scotland. Known as the “Friendly Games” they are renowned for the stirring sound and spectacle of the Massed Pipe Bands, of around 150 musicians.
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