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Heavy Athletics

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Heavy Athletics

Come see many world ranked professional heavy athletes. There are seven traditional Scottish heavy events.


Amateur Athletes register by clicking here, Professional Athletes please reach out directly to Scott Medlin registration@throwshagshag.org

The clachneart

The clachneart (stone of strength) – A stone weighing between 16 and 20 pounds is thrown for distance. The maximum run up is 7-6”. At Rural Hill, the stone used weighs 18 pounds for professionals and 17 pounds for amateurs.

hammer throw

The 16-pound or 22-pound hammer throw – The hammer is 50” long with a metal head and flexible shaft. The competitor must throw over his shoulder with his back to the trig; moving the feet is not allowed.

The Sheaf Toss

The object is to throw a 20-pound burlap sack of straw over the bar using a pitch fork.

For each of these events the starting height is the height requested by the competitors. The bar will be raised as long as at least one competitor clears the bar and wants to continue. Competitors are allowed three tries at each height.


The 28-pound and 56-pound weight throws for distance – These weights are metal with a ring and chain attached.

The overall length is 18”. The weights must be thrown from behind the trig with a 9’-0” run up allowed. The competitor must be standing when he completes his throw or a foul is called.

For all of the above events, each competitor is allowed three attempts with longest throw being recorded. A foul is called if any part of the competitor’s body touches outside the throwing area.


The 56-pound weight throw for height – The object is to throw the weight one-handed up and over a bar.


The caber is an 18- to 20-foot long section of tree trunk with a noticeable taper at one end. The pole weighs between 115 and 140 pounds. The competitor holds the small end and balances the pole in the air vertically. He then runs forward and allows the high end to fall forward. At the right moment he flips the small end up. If he has gotten it right the pole will continue in motion after the large end hits the ground, turning over so that the small end is pointed directly away from the contestant (12 o’clock, imagining him to be at 6 o’clock). Each competitor gets three tries with the best result being recorded. If no-one makes a perfect toss, closest to 12 o’clock wins.

Interested in competing in Amateur Scottish heavy athletics?

Please report to the heavy athletics tent to register as early as 8:00am on Sunday Morning to register.

Rules to Highland Wrestling (Cumberland Style)

On taking hold the wrestlers stand up chest to chest, each placing his chin on his opponent’s right shoulder and grasping him round the body and placing his right arm above the left arm of his opponent. A wrestler refusing to take hold will be disqualified. When both men have got hold and are fairly on their guard, the Referee shall call “hold” and the wrestlers will commence, and, with the exception of kicking, the wrestlers are allowed to use every legitimate means to throw each other; to strike with the side of the foot shall not be regarded as kicking. If either party breaks his hold, that is loses his grip, though not on the ground, and the other still retains his hold, the one breaking shall be declared the loser.

If either man touches the ground with one knee only or any other part of his body, though he may still retain his hold, he shall not be allowed to recover himself, but shall be deemed the loser. If both fall to the ground the man who is first down or falls under the other shall be the loser, but if they fall side by side or otherwise so that the officials cannot decide which was first on the ground, it shall be termed a dog fall, and shall be wrestled over again.

The wrestlers shall compete in their bare feet and shall be bare chested. The wearing of sweaters or pullovers is forbidden. The Referee shall disqualify any wrestler using unfair means after having been once cautioned.

A fall is defined as touching the ground with any part of the person, the feet excepted. All competitions shall be decided by the best of three falls.

All byes must be drawn in the first round in all competitions. No byes are allowed after the first round.

The various styles of dress for the North Country traditions of wrestling are varied, going from swim trunks over thermal underwear (helpful in some of the Scottish high country) to garish and colorful Elizabethan dress. The Rural Hill Scottish Festival requires competitors to be kilted.