Randalls lifts the weights and then Glen fiddich title

Grangemouth is home to the Glenfiddich Heavy Events champion – Kyle Randalls.

The Highland Games athlete who works at the local sports complex in Abbots Road, was announced as the winner of the Glenfiddich Qualifying Heavy Events Championship for under 25s at the Braemar Gathering last week.

Kyle (23), who stands 6ft 5 tall and plays rugby for Grangemouth Stags, boasts a 48“ chest with 18” biceps and 30” thighs. He secured the Championship title following an excellent Highland Games summer season.

The Glenfiddich Championship league spans 12 events held across Grampian throughout the summer months. Athletes accrue points at each Games based upon their performance which count towards their final place in the championship league.

It is the first time Kyle has won the title.

He said: “This is a huge achievement for me. The Glenfiddich Qualifying Championship was specially set up over 30 years ago to allow the younger heavy athletes to build their skills. To be proclaimed as the winner was amazing and I also managed to break the Braemar weight over the bar record during the day. ”

Royan Graham from Glenfiddich said: “The Qualifying Championship plays an important role in giving younger athletes the chance to build their skills and experience before they move on to compete in the main Glenfiddich Championship where they will face Heavy Athletes of all ages. Kyle has had a brilliant season and is a most deserving winner of his new title. He has done himself and Glenfiddich proud.”

The 2015 Braemar Gathering also marked the 200th anniversary of the Braemar Royal Highland Society (BRHS) which is the oldest Friendly Society of its kind in Scotland. It has a long standing association with Games dating back to 1832 when the Society donated £5 for prizes at the Gathering and took on the event’s organisation.