THE 23rd Cornhill Highland Games were back in full swing last Saturday as the event returned for the first time since 2019.
Although there was a reduced programme, without the marquees and stands typical of previous Cornhill Games, there was still a strong turnout for the event as many showed up to soak up the bank holiday weekend sunshine.
The program of events included children’s races, light and heavyweight athletics events, tug of war and the Knock Hill run which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
There were 14 runners in the traditional eight and a half mile race, with winner Kyle Greig of Alford finishing in just under an hour.
Mr Greig said: “It’s a great feeling to be racing again and it’s so nice to be back after the cancellations of the past few years.
“I really enjoy taking part in the Knock Hill Race, it’s one of the best marked courses I’ve been on and the number of volunteers is just superb.”
The event also featured music from the Portsoy Pipe Band and had plenty of food and drink stalls to choose from and despite the reduced schedule the event was a huge success.
Games Committee Chairman James Gregg said: “It’s great to have the games back. Although we had to reduce the number of games this year, we still had a great turnout.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t find any dancers this year which is really unfortunate as that’s what Cornhill Highland Games is known for, but they will be back next year with the stands and marquee.
“Having a scaled-down event was a great way to get back into it after a three-year hiatus, but we’re so happy to be back and can’t wait to keep the momentum going to come back stronger and better next year. .”