A TRAINING day for heavyweight throwing events was held in Crieff at the weekend as competitors prepare for the highland games season.

Around 20 athletes gathered at Market Park, home of Crieff Highland Games, for the training event, which came after two years with hardly any games being organised due to Covid.

There was splendid weather on April 24 for the training event, which aimed to attract more heavy event competitors.

Participants of all ages arrived from all over Scotland and the north of England to learn the techniques of disciplines including the caber toss and hammer throw.

During the day, the athletes were shown the basics of all the heavyweight events by three coaches with many years of experience on the circuit.

The day was a joint initiative of the Royal Scottish Highland Games Association (RSHGA), the hosts Crieff Highland Games and the Perthshire Highland Games Association (PHGA).

Ian Grieve, RSHGA secretary, said: “The competitors went home tired but with a good insight into what’s needed to compete at the games; hopefully we’ll see them in the years to come.

“With over 60 highland games scheduled to go ahead from May to September this is an excellent opportunity for new competitors to make a start in our long standing traditions of highland games.

“More information is available at rshga.org.”