'On the granite stone bridge that crosses the River Dee at Potarch there were, and still are, two large stones weighing about 8cwt the pair, placed in a recess'. Donald Dinnie 1860


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Donald Dinnie Day, The Gathering III

Sunday 4th August 2019 @ Potarch Café & Restaurant

Running order and lifting schedule

Session 1 – 12 noon – 12.30pm

Welcome and opening remarks by Event Chieftain, David Webster O.B.E. and Malcolm Nicol, Ballogie Estate Manager. This will be followed by the first group of Dinnie Steen attempts on the main platform:

Session 2 – 12.30pm – 1pm

Event 1 of the Donald Dinnie Games – The Ballogie Stone Challenge – Held in the Goat Penn (Stone provided by Brett Nicol).
The 9 athletes competing (in alphabetical order) are:

Tony Aitchison

Andy Cairney

Neil Elliott

Jamie Gorrian

Mark Haydock

Lance Holland-Keen

Brian Irwin

Lewis McLuckie

John Pollock

This event is a strategy event where the athlete will have 75 seconds to amass as many points as possible using the 123kg Ballogie Stone. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • Breaking the ground with the stone – 2 points
  • Lapping the stone – 4 points
  • Standing up with the stone – 6 points
  • Shouldering the stone – 8 points
  • Pressing the stone overhead – 16 points

Lifters must set the stone down and remove their hands between each lift. Dropping the stone on a lift will result in no points being awarded for that lift. Points will be recorded and agreed by the judging panel. The athletes will lift in alphabetical order for Event 1 and in ascending points order for the remaining events. 9 points will be awarded to the winning athlete in each event, 8 points to the second placed athlete and so on down to 1 point for 9th place.

Session 3 – 1pm – 1.30pm

Group 2 of Dinnie Steen attempts on the main platform

Session 4 – 1.30pm – 2pm

Event 2 of the Donald Dinnie Games – The Nicol Stone Carry – Held in the Goat Penn (Stones provided by Brett Nicol).

This event requires the athlete to pick up two ringed stones similar to the Dinnie Stones and walk with them as far as possible. The stones are the same height as the Dinnie Stones and weigh 138kg & 114kg. Once either of the stones touches the ground the attempt is over and the distance will be measured from the starting point of the most forward stone to the rear of the stone closest to the starting point.

Session 5 – 2pm – 2.30pm

Group 3 of Dinnie Steen attempts on the main platform.
This session will feature the carry attempts and will be followed by an Inver Stone display by Martin Jancsics & Jamie Gorrian.

Session 6 – 2.30pm – 3pm

Event 3 of the Donald Dinnie Games – Steen Tossin – Held in the Goat Penn (Rendrag Stone provided by Steve Gardner).

The Rendrag Stone is an ancient Viking Mill Stone acquired over 30 years ago by Steve Gardner from a farm in the Channel Islands. This event requires the athlete to throw an ancient Viking ‘Throwin Steen’ as far as possible from a stop board on the ground. The athlete may adopt any throwing style and may use one or two hands. The stone weighs 16.5kg. It is 11” long, 9” wide & 7” deep. Athletes will have 3 attempts each. The distance will be measured from the stop board to the first point of contact that the stone makes with the ground. The athlete may not cross the stop board during or after the throw.

Session 7 – 3pm – 3.30pm

Group 4 of Dinnie Steen attempts on the main platform.

Session 8 – 3.30pm – 4pm

Event 4 of the Donald Dinnie Games – The Ardblair Stones Challenge (Hosted by Charlie Blair Oliphant).

This event will be open to the public all day under supervision and will also be the final event of the games.

4.30pm – 5pm prize giving and event close

Click here to access a map to the location of the Dinnie Stanes at Potarch

Thine very truly D Dinnie

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