This can, at best, be described as an irregular blog. My blogging is, these days predominantly adhoc and is usually filed under Mhor Skye Musings. These musings contain images around where I live on the Sleat Peninsular and also the rest of the Isle of Skye. I still occasionally blog about some of my event photography or Landscape/Wildlife when my travels generate a suitable tale to tell and I find time to recount it.
Certainly the longest single day event covered by Alligin Photography. From a cup of coffee with Hilary and Kate in July 2016 we helped produce the 100th Army Navy Match commemorative book and added further historical material for the match … Read More
The final one of three mini photo essays from the Royal Navy v Marine Nationale (men and women) rugby on Wednesday last.
Bonnie van Wilgenburg sets new course record for the Women and becomes the first women to record a top ten finish as a number of records fell at the 2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon. Click on the image to go … Read More
A selection of action images from the photography team at yesterday’s Army Navy Match can be found by clicking here.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning;” The line from Binyon’s 1914 poem must be one of the most remembered and repeated line of verse. He wrote his poem whilst on the North Cornish coast, near … Read More
At 12:00BST today the multihulls, the greyhounds of modern day sailing, crossed the line for the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. Last night the slightly slower Eda Frandsen rounded Ard Thurnish having left Mallaig for a week exploring the … Read More
If you are a delicate man. And of wetting your skin are shy. I’d have you know, before you go. You had better not think of Skye. By Alexander Nicholson
Tenth behind Graham Stewart in 2013, Dirk Zangen knocked the best part of 2 hours 20 minutes of his previous best to win the 2015 Celtman xTri in a time of 11 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds. In so doing … Read More
Congratulations to the 87 winners of a 2015 Celtman Blue shirt and the 70 winners of a 2015 Celtman White shirt. A great day’s competition and one I again thoroughly enjoyed photographing. All the images are now available under the … Read More
A lovely sunny day looking out on to the Sound of Sleat, off Slye’s South East coast. The weekend will once more be spent over at Torridon following one of my favourite events in the sporting calendar. Hopefully the weather … Read More
A morning stroll towards the Point of Sleat was a joy in so many way.
The sun is gradually lifting the early morning sea fret and the mountains over at Morar are now in view. Looks like it might be a loverly Easter day.
For over 62 years the three commandos, sculpted by Scott Sutherland, have looked across to Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor from they raised position just North of Spean Bridge.
A long journey South to North with Sally Traffic announcing the typical litany of road congestion – “M3 junctions 2 to 4, M6 junctions 12 – 19, M62 closed between 5 & 6” etc etc. Fortunately that was all behind … Read More
The Sleat peninsula is formed of some of the oldest rock in Europe. Outcrops of Lewisian gneiss, Torridonian sandstone and Moine sediments are to be found with the oldest over 2500 million years old. And throughout that time they have … Read More
A hand held shot with a small Canon G7X which still gives excellent colour rendition when shooting raw files. Also easy to keep in the pocket on those days when you don’t wish to carry a bulky SLR.
Having enjoyed an interesting start to 2015 due to successive Atlantic lows bringing a series of storms across Skye it was great to once more see some spectacular contrast caused by breaks in the storm clouds over head. Here the … Read More
The Rùm Cullin often disturb the air flow as the weather heads towards the Point of Sleat from the West. Both on tranquil and stormy days it can lead to some wonderful patterns of light. During the day these are normally … Read More
Having posted the sunrise this morning, the free evening show did it’s best to match.
It’s not the worst way in the world to start the day. Cup of coffee made with beans roasted just down the road at Breakish by Skye’s own coffee roastery and a gentle dawn after a couple of days of … Read More
September had been quite a dry and clear month. However some rain overnight lifted the water levels in the burns. The rivers on Skye are short and most of the water just runs off rock, so they are quick to … Read More
Visit the Skye Farm Shop for great local produce, home made cakes and the best breakfast rolls. For the latest information on visiting Sleat visit their Facebook page.
Behind the leaders after the swim, a strong ride saw Johan Hansselmark move in to second place behind Scottish favourite Stuart Macloud. However the Edinburgh man could not hold off the strong running of Johan and he powered home in … Read More
Ten to three in the morning and competitors are beginning to set their bikes up at T1 ready for the third running of Celtman. It is a ‘simple’ test of extreme physical and mental endurance that consists of : Swim … Read More
The Royal Navy U23 rugby team were the focus of my attention yesterday and they had an impressive strike force in their back three of captain Matt Horton @ fullback and wingers Eldon Meyer and Ben Clarke. However I managed … Read More
Having endured a couple of very wet days it was great to have some clear skies and early morning sun. I was down by the River Hamble to take a couple of shots of the Navy Referees Charity Ride for … Read More
Off to Spitbank Fort in the Solent today for lunch. Whilst waiting to leave noticed this fine specimen at the side of the house doing exactly the same. Have to check on my return to see who has been more … Read More
Taken two days apart in Bangkok and Hill Head I was taken by the eyes of both birds.
This page is dedicated to those who have won Celtman or have recorded a fastest time on an individual component of the Celtman Extreme Triathlon. I have tried to be as accurate as possible but if you believe there is … Read More
Everyone who entered the waters of Loch Torridon at 05:00 on Saturday morning are winners.
Congratulations must go to all of the competitors that completed the 2013 CXTri in the most testing of conditions yesterday. It was a privilege to be there as an observer as you pushed yourselves to the outer limits of endurance. … Read More
The 2013 Network Rail sponsored Junior Leaders Field Gun witnessed the full range of human emotions as BAE Systems retained their crown on a day of thrilling competition.
This week is Junior Leaders Field Gun week at HMS Collingwood. Teaams from local colleges, naval and air force establishments, sea and army cadets alongside apprentices from BAE Systems and tournament sponsors Network Rail compete with Field Gun equipment and … Read More
Fresh on the heals of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun comes the Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition.
A spare gun. Crew members who had not made their parent teams. The Barbarians Field Gun Crew was born. Four days together was rounded off with the Soapy Watson Memorial Trophy for the P3 Final. Just the story that Soapy … Read More
Bitterly cold easterly winds at the moment but slowly the countryside is beginning to come alive though few flowers out yet apart from the early hardy daffodils.
The image gallery for the match against the Irish Defence Forces has now been posted on the Royal Navy Senior XV page. All the historical results in the previous meetings ofthese two teams can be viewed at the Royal Navy … Read More
Monkstown Football Club was the venue for the first of the Navy’s cup matches this season. The history of this twelve year fixture is one of close hard fought battles. Last year at Burnaby Rd the Navy won comfortably, the … Read More
I have added a gallery of the 2013 Navy Rugby Senior XV playing Squad. Also all the images from last nights game are now on the 2013 Navy Rugby Senior XV Page
As Fortress Twickenham emptied yesterday evening two members of the French Navy Women’s team took to the field in their national colours as the French Women took on their English counterparts.
England Women U20 v France Women U20 Traditional Army v Navy rivalry will be placed on hold at Esher RFC on Saturday when the top two service women rugby referees join forces to be the assistant referees at the England … Read More
Gone are the days when US Portsmouth could field many internationals in its famous hooped shirts but today’s club remains at the forefront of rugby innovation.
The second round of the the 2012/13 Inter Command matches coincides with the return from Operations of Navy Rugby’s new Head Coach, Owen Salmon, and the day after his return he hopes to be on the touchline at HMS Heron … Read More
Ash Coates has been confirmed as new CS Director of Rugby, Doc Cox’s first appointment – Head Coach for the Combined Services Senior XV 2013.
[This blog post was update 16 Jan to amend and correct the information on Dan Parkes] When Gaz Evans turned out for London Welsh last weekend he joined an elite group of modern Navy Rugby players.
A busy Christmas with rugby and family is rapidly becoming a distant memory as is my memory of the sun. Recent low pressure systems have brought constant rain and low cloud. The days have lacked contrast and having lights on … Read More
A new image – Sunset From Aird – can be viewed by clicking here. In the middle of December the sun sets between the two islands of Eigg and Rhum. Although the horizon was obscured by a bank of cloud … Read More
A comfortable win for HMS Seahawk as they retain their Navy Cup title with victory over HMNB Portsmouth. Brief match report with a selection of images below. All the images will be available over the next couple of days.
As you approach Glen Coe from the South you pass one of Scotland’s most famous mountains which stands guard over the glen’s entrance. The pyramid of Stob Dearg at 1022m is an imposing site and behind runs the five mile … Read More
If you are an active referee in the Navy and have refereed the Fishermen of Brixham then you know Danny Irvine. My first trip to Brixham was as a young East Midlands Referee and when he found out I was … Read More
The latest page, in an attempt to capture the history of NavyRugby, went live a couple of days ago. It can be found on this site under the Navy Rugby menu. http://alliginphotography.co.uk/navy-rugby-knockout-cup/ In researching the information I have found that … Read More
England Women won 17-10 last night at the Army’s Rugby Stadium, Aldershot in front of a good sized crowd. With the win Gary Street’s side go 2-0 up in the three match series and no doubt the England team will … Read More
For new Navy Women’s Head Coach, Dominic ‘Bali’ Salisbury, there could not have been a harder start to his tenure. A match against the experienced touring Australians at a time when a number of senior players were unavailable for selection. … Read More
When HMS Terrible and HMS Powerful landed their guns to help the besieged British Army at Ladysmith during the Boer War two modern day legacies were born. The first was Naval Field Gun which nurtured so many matelots with the … Read More
Owen Salmon, currently on deployment in Afghanistan, has been named as the Navy Rugby’s new head coach for the Senior XV. He fill the vacancy left by the departure of Ash Coates due to professional commitments. I will be writing … Read More
Congratulations to Paul and Stuart who are the organisers of the Celtman Extreme Trialthlon on winning their Triathlon Event of the Year Award. Entries are closed for the 2013 event which will be on 6 Jul. For those who what … Read More
All images from Friday’s match against the RAF U23 are available here. – Two years ago Tom Davies was an influential member of the Royal Navy U23’s team that opened the 2010 Inter Service Championship with an away win over … Read More
The opening round of the 2012 Inter Service U23 Championship saw a tense win for the Royal Navy.
With most eyes focused on tomorrow’s opening game of the 2012 U23 Inter Service Championship it will not be just the emerging players of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force who sit in the changing room with a nervous … Read More
For Scott Ashley and Kai Blackett (far right), this season’s head coach and coach of the U23s respectively, the rematch against the RAF could not come to soon. The blustery afternoon, last year, at RAF Cosford no doubt holds some … Read More
On his first team debut for Bath, the Army’s Semesa Rokodugni lands man of the match in victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.
When I work in performance environments I am often asked about what drives success. Too many people are seduced in to looking for the answer in terms of infrastructure or money. The answer is people make success, people with a … Read More
Commandos from the Royal Marines, Army , Royal Navy as well as from some overseas forces gathered at the Commando Memorial Spean Bridge ‘To Remember’
Operations and injuries ensured that a number of new faces lined up in CS ranks for the 2012 Remembrance Match sponsored by the Royal British Legion. Though this didn’t prevent a well motivated side from deservedly achieving a 19-0 lead … Read More
Australian Services beat the Combined Services 24-12 in an excellent encounter at Caerphilly RFC. It brings their tour to an end where they remained unbeaten.
The Australian Services Rugby Union have picked a powerful side as they seek to finish their 2012 UK Tour unbeaten.
What a month of rugby the recently announced Command Competitions for the Inverdale Cup has thrown up.
In May 2010, at the then Guinness Premiership Final, Saracens fly half Glen Jackson, bowed out of top flight rugby to become a referee. On Saturday he takes charge of the test between England and Fiji at the same Twickenham … Read More
I am sure for the coaching staff it has come around far too soon. However Sunday’s U23 match at home to Cambridge University LX Club is the last opportunity for the ongoing development before the 2012 U23 Inter Service matches. … Read More
Gaz Evans to miss Combined Services game.
Samesa Rokoduguni is not a player who conjures up very many happy memories if your are a Service rugby union follower with a penchant for blue.
It was entirely appropriate that a charity event inspired by former Royal Marine and Navy Rugby player Aaron Moon’s courage in the aftermath of his bomb blast injuries sustained in Afghanistan should present the cheques in Admiral Horatio Nelson’s Great … Read More
Dewi Bebb, two caps playing for the Royal Navy, thirty one appearances for the British Lions including eight test matches. Four appearances for the Barbarians and thirty four caps for Wales is the Royal Navy’s most capped international. Second on … Read More
Australia two from two as they now move on to Aldershot and a rematch with the British Army on Wednesday night. On this showing they will take some stopping. There was not much waltzing but again a feast of powerful … Read More
For the Oxford University U21s, the LX Club from Cambridge University and also the RN and Army U23 sides the goal of playing at Twickenham is both real and close at hand.
A preview of Saturday’s Royal Navy Women v Australian Defence Force Warriors match at Burnaby Rd, Portsmouth. Kick off14:00
The misty conditions at RAF Halton were appropriate to the sombre mood prior to the kick off when both teams gave silent tribute to fallen comrades. However when the game did start the Aussies brought with them their own Gold … Read More
The Australian Women’s Rugby Union side go up against all three single Service sides plus UK Combined Services. Navy players selected for CS men’s team and other news from across Navy Rugby.
When the day starts this well then you just have to get outdoors.
The ‘Spitfire’ is an iconic name belonging to one of the world’s most famous fighter planes born of Supermarine’s experience with sea planes and the Schneider Trophy. Through Kentish Ale it has also, far more recently, spawned some excellent adverts … Read More
The Royal Navy Commonwealth Cup squad select Seti Raumakita to be awarded the Bundaberg Bottle [of rum], presented to the Royal Navy Rugby Union by Mr John Walton.
Army hooker Matt Dwyer is a late call up for Ospreys opening Heineken Cup match this weekend. Matt who has always proved to be a fierce competitor to Navy aspirations at Twickenham was on the fringe of a break through … Read More
RN winning CNRC match report below. Last night’s U23 match is available by clicking here. Also some interesting info from BFBS. Includes interview with Ash before the final match and thoughts looking forward to April 2013.
“The New Zealand team woke on Tuesday morning with their fate in their own hands. Beat or draw against their historic rivals, Australia, and they would be the 2006 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup champions and the first team beside the … Read More
Former Navy player and referee makes national news as part of a remarkable reunion.
This season’s Combined Services Remberance Day Match will be played on Wednesday 7th November 2012 at Sardis Rd, Pontypridd against the world famous Crawshays XV
Garrick and Boyce’s “Heart of Oak” is the official march of the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy so in the middle of the sixth Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup the oak theme is very … Read More
The Royal Navy beat the Royal New Zealand Navy 21-18 in a thrilling second match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup which keeps alive their ambition of retaining their title.
Unofficial Selection – Royal Navy v Royal New Zealand Navy A little fun before Andy Kellett announces his team (and that’s the only one that matters) before the RN’s first match. Gaz will not enjoy being put at tight head … Read More
After ten years as Navy Rugby Referees’ Secretary Tim Bailey hands over the administrative whistle to Geoff Howells. Geoff has a very hard act to follow. Also in this blog US Portsmouth says farewell to Terry Le Manquais and images … Read More
The first match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup was a repeat of the 2009 opening fixture with the Royal Australian Navy taking on the Royal New Zealand Navy. At stake was not only the first points in the … Read More
BFBS Preview of 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup Before the Royal Navy squad set off to Australia, BFBS Sport’s reporter Julian Evans visited at their training base. Julian Evans’s report from HMS Sultan featuring the dulcet tones of coach Mike … Read More
For information on the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Cup in Sydney click here. I have added a list of previous player of the tournaments. Royal Navy Rugby League provide perfect lead out for Union team.
2012 Commonwealth Cup has its own page. Click here. Royal Navy Rugby Union Referees Training Day Now before all those gnarled old players out there start getting ideas this is not open season on referees but an observation on their … Read More
Commonwealth Cup – all the information can be found on this page – CNRC Sydney 2012 With the Commonwealth Cup starting on Wednesday and the Royal Navy team in the air as this is written the sixth CNRC will soon … Read More
A quiz for all Navy Rugby aficionados out there. Who is the missing player from the following list: Kev Bethwaite, Dave Sibson, Glenn Loughlin, Chris Alcock, Les Oman, Rich Perkins, Paul Livingstone, Bill Dunham, Cass Clay, Mike Leatherland, … Read More
This is the first of three posts that looks back at some of the history of the Commonwealth Cup and hopefully will help Navy Rugby followers to understand that though the Royal Navy has always won the trophy, the tournaments … Read More
With the Navy team leaving next week for the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup (CNRC) being hosted by the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney it is an ideal opportunity to look at the current form of the three competing teams.
As previously posted former Navy Coach, Billy May, was selected to be part of Samurai’s coaching team in this weekend’s Safaricom 7’s. Samurai will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost to Samoa in the … Read More
Former Navy Sharks and Senior XV coach, Billy May, has been invited to be part of Samurai’s coaching team at this month’s Kenya Safari Sevens.
Earlier this month witnessed the passing of a great man of rugby Gordon Waddell who sadly died on 13 August. During his National Service he was a Royal Marine Commando and represented Devonport Services RFC. He won a solitary cap … Read More
Gaz Evans Exiled by Exiles Navy hooker/number eight Gaz Evans made his debut for his new club London Welsh in the 40-31 defeat away to Premiership rivals Bath. However Director of Rugby Lyn Jones felt Gaz needed some more game … Read More
Infinity Park, Denver, Colarado sees the International Defence Sevens with the Royal Air Force and British Army joining two Australian Army teams, the French Armed Forces, the US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Army and US … Read More
I am not a superstitious person, so the luck / bad luck about travelling on Friday the thirteenth has never bothered me. As I have written about in an earlier blog, last weekend I completed the RNRU 3 Peaks Challenge, … Read More
First the joy with the news that the newly formed Afghanistan Rugby Federation celebrated its first XV-a-side competition game. Then the sadness as in the same week I received the news that navy rugby stalwart and life member, Terry Le … Read More
One long day Three high peaks Three great causes One man as inspiration The Royal Navy Rugby Union 24 Hour Three Peaks Challenge A Doc Cox and Ed Moss-Ward Production
A picture paint a thousands words. Will write the full account soon but in short challenge successful. Have you given yet? Click here. Geraint
After their continued improvement at the Newquay Surf Sevens, the Navy Sharks complete their 2012 sevens campaign at the revived Henley Sevens.
Anyone who has visited the Isle of Skye or indeed viewed the island from the West Coast of Scotland will not have missed the serrated skyline of the Cuillin mountains, the most southerly of which is Blaven. For anyone who … Read More
Part three of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon Part two can be viewed more easily by clicking here. Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here. Run I spent my time, with my camera, in Coire Mhic … Read More
Part two of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here. Cycle
The Navy Sharks produced by far their best performance of the 2012 Sevens season at the Newquay Surf Sevens . With a squad bolstered by some of the star performers from the recent Navy Sevens the team made the main … Read More
Part one of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon Swim
A long days drive from the Isle of Skye was rewarded by a day of very good sevens when Ivel Barbarians RFC hosted the 2012 Royal Navy Rugby Union Sevens Tournament. HMS Seahawk beat 30 Cdo RM in a good … Read More
Congratulations to all who completed the Celtman 2012. The images have now been posted in my Action Images section.
With the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995 (Tolls abolished in 2004) most journey’s do not involve a ferry crossing. From where we are in Sleat it is quicker to use the Mallaig Armadale ferry but after a thirteen … Read More
Whilst not yet in the category of Tiger Sharks or Great Whites the Navy Sharks have certainly left behind their Wild Boar Sevens lethargy and produced some much improved performances at the West Country Sevens. A full gallery of images … Read More
His place in Navy Rugby history is assured. It is unlikely that any Servicemen will ever play in more Inter Service matches in the UK. However last week Bob Armstrong clearly felt the need to add another paragraph to his … Read More
The Rugby Club Marine Nationale achieved what neither the Royal Navy or indeed the US Navy could achieve when then beat their Army opponents in the French Inter Services yesterday. Having already beaten the Gendarmes on Monday the RCMN now … Read More
Whilst the Isle of Skye continued to enjoy some great weather I returned South to spend a couple of weeks photographing Field Gun. This competition remains, to me, the epitome of team sport.
After a couple of season’s break the Navy Sharks were back in action at the Wild Boar Sevens and found out first hand how much the game of rugby sevens has evolved and developed in the last couple of years. … Read More
It is sad to report that Navy Rugby Life Member Dermot Crean passed away on 29th May 2012. His las few years were a battle against Alzheimer’s but followers of Navy Rugby will remember the doc for his immense contribution … Read More