:: History of the Halkirk Highland Games

The John O'Groat Journal, dated 22 September 1886, reported that the first Games started by the Halkirk Athletic Club was held in a field adjoining the new Gerston Distillery on Saturday 16th September. The Committee was 10 strong and the President and Secretary were Messrs H J MacKay and William Paterson respectively.16 events were staged as follows;21lb ball, 16lb hammer, running high leap, vaulting with pole, standing jump, running long jump, hop step & leap, 100 yards, quarter mile, one mile open and confined to Parish, 3 legged race, obstacle race, sack race, highland fling, tug o' war (married versus single).

The next Games were held in a field near the Hoy railway station and they continued to be staged there until the outbreak of the First World War. The day was changed to a Monday so that it coincided with the Thurso shopkeepers' holiday and the "townies" travelled to the Games by train.

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