Two ways to win the Kiltie Dash
In our local Highland Games, one of the regular races is the Kiltie Dash. The 129th Games took place at the weekend and, unlike last year, there were separate races this year for children and adults. In fact, there were meant to be separate races for girls and boys: since only two girls and one boy entered, however, their races were run together.
The sole boy in the childrens’ race was our wee son. After a slight wobble about entering, he got into the spirit and began to show off so much that he almost missed the starting whistle. It didn’t matter, though, that he was (to his great surprise) beaten by the lassies. He was the only boy, so he was declared the victor of the Boys’ Kiltie Dash. It was a considerably inflated prize to last year’s, too: not one lolly, but two lollies, plus a generous record token. Well worth the effort!
So, being the only competitor in your category has to be the easiest way to victory. The other way is just to be bigger, faster, and frankly plain scarier than the other competitors. Once, when I was a child, I was charged by a herd of cows. The thunder of their hooves and the approaching wall of their immense, implacable bulk haunted my dreams afterwards. For some reason I had flashbacks to that as I tried to take a photo of this race.
I hope you can understand why it’s not in perfect focus.
No lollies for this lot: the victor of the adult event was awarded a bottle of whisky. Looking at his mud-spattered back, I thought that he had earned every drop.
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