A SUN-SCORCHED Johnstone Park in Alva saw the 163rd Famous Alva games take place at the weekend.

The much-loved annual event drew crowds from across the country for various sporting, dancing and heavyweight events.

Euan Smith, of Central AC, was named best local athlete of the day, adding to his success from last year.

The U20 talent impressed in the 90m open sprint, where he took victory in 9.98secs.

Altogether, the games saw 27 events with running, cycling, dance and heavyweight contests.

The committee also hosted the 3,200m Scottish Cycling Championship and the Ochils were perfect from the two British Championship Hill Races of the day.

Athlete of the day was Simon Bailey of Mercia, Kyle McFarlane of Pitreavie was named the best junior athlete and Charles Fletcher of Grantown collected the most points in cycling events.

Charles dominated the day, winning at all distances from 800m to 3,200m and was proud to take home the Cunningham Cup.

He even won the popular and unique De’il tak the Hindmost – a Burns reference – which is an elimination race that requires skills, timing and tactics.

Heavyweight events saw the 16 and 22 pound shot, hammer throws for distance and over the bar.

The highlight here was the caber tossing and in the end, Daniel Carlin was named winner with his 38points.

The guest of honour this year was Tom Paterson, known as The Voice of The Games across the country.

A former Alva Games Committee member, his knowledge of competitors was only matched by his wit but he has now passed over the microphone to a new generation of commentators.