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Highland games began 1,000 years ago as a means to recruit for the clan chiefs’ entourage, and Taynuilt’s honorary chieftain this year, Alison Hutchins of Dawnfresh, has gained an impressive retinue of champions.

In the contests to find the strongest man, who would have acted as the chieftain’s bodyguard, Lucas Wenta took the £800 prize for tossing the 150lb, 18ft long Taynuilt caber, which is judged on its completion of an imaginary clock-face, and throwing the 16lb Nant Stone the furthest.

In the local heavy events, Andrew Servant just clinched overall champion from Jonathon Mackenzie, and Louis Macfarlane clinched the junior cup winning the welly over the bar and putting the riverbed stone.

In the running events, where the fastest men were used for delivering orders in battle and long-distance runners for rallying the clans, Michael Deason won the gents’ quarter-mile, halfmile and mile, and Alasdair Campbell of Luing was first gent through the tape in the six-mile hill race, and Clara Horswell the first lady. Storm Evans surged to first place in the ladies 100 yards sprint, while Lacy Peanny won the 220 yards and quarter-mile.

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