Glenrothes Road Running Festival gets on its marks ...

Provost Jim Leishman
Provost Jim Leishman
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THE 2013 Glenrothes Road Running Festival takes places in the town this Sunday and promises to be better than ever before.

This year for the first time the new Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre will be at the heart of the annual event with the programming kicking off from there.

Rachel Edgar and John Vaughan with the new trophies.

Rachel Edgar and John Vaughan with the new trophies.

The 2k Fun Run (entry £2 on the day) will be the first race out of the starting blocks at 9.45 a.m. with entrants welcome to walk, jog or run the distance.

This will be followed by the traditional Junior Track Jog for pre-school children.

This will start at 10.15 a.m. and the 300 metre run round the Sports Centre track will cost entrants just £1 on the day.

The 10k Road Race will start at 10.30 a.m. and is open to everyone aged 15 and over. Entry will be £12 in advance or £15 on the day. Scottish Athletics members will pay £10 in advance or £13 on the day. The late entries desk will close at 10 a.m.

This year’s 4k Fun Run, starting at 10.50 am, will again be open to runners of all ages and will cost £3 to enter on the day.

Hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities are expected to be taking part on Sunday, ranging from the highly-honed athletes wanting to improve on the personal best times to the ever-increasing number of runners looking for sponsorship in aid of a wide variety of worthwhile causes.

“Entries for the mainstay 10k event have been particularly encouraging,” explained the event’s secretary Aileen Penny, “with the online portal proving particularly popular this year.

Organising committee member John Vaughan added: “The number of those wanting to take part in this year’s event means we can all look forward to the 2013 Glenrothes Road Running Festival being the best yet.”

As well as making use of the new sports centre the Festival will also be using new trophies.

Both the John Lambert and Margaret Gordon Inspirational Youth Trophies will be presented to the local secondary school which has the largest number of male and female entrants later this month.

“During their lifetimes both John Lambert and Margaret Gordon contributed significantly, not just to their own respective sports of karate and athletics,” explained committee member Rachel Edgar, “but they also played a big part in ensuring that the Festival grew to the success it has become over the years.

“It is particularly fitting, therefore, that they can now be remembered every time that these magnificent new trophies are presented.”

The inscribed vases will be presented to the winning schools by Sandra Lambert, wife of the late John, and Ian Gordon, husband of Margaret and himself a well known coach with Fife Athletics Club.

Entry forms for the Festival can be downloaded at www.fifeleisure.org.uk or got through calling the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre on (01592) 583305. Entries for the event’s 10k Road Race can also be made online at www.entrycentral.com.

THE ROUTE

THIS year’s Glenrothes Road Running Festival will be centred around the new Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Viewfield Road, but the route of the principal race – the 10k event itself – will be the same as last year.

There will be some traffic disruption on Sunday due to necessary road closures and this will all be controlled by Police Scotland.

The roads affected are Stenton Road, Beaufort Drive, Braemar Gardens and Warout Road from 9.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. and in Detroit Road, Golf Course Road, Viewfield Road and Stenton Road from 10.00 a.m. until noon.Organisers of the Festival apologise in advance to the townspeople for any disruption whilst thanking them for their co-operation, understanding and assistance. The route of the race will be manned by police and stewards to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum it is asked that vehicles are parked in the appropriate areas for the duration of the event.

RUNNING OFF LEISH

ONE runner who is definitely in the ‘fun runner’ camp is Fife Provost Jim Leishman.

The former professional footballer, who is known to enjoy a good laugh reckons he will take some beating in the 2k Fun Run.

Joking, or at least we think he was, he told the Gazette he might need to have a handicap.

“Being the highly-honed athlete that I am, purely in the interests of fairness to everyone else taking part I am considering weighing myself down with the chain of office just to give them a chance,” he laughed.

“Not that many folks will see the chain from behind me, but I don’t want to show too many people up in the sprint finish, especially those who might not share my amazing sporting pedigree.”

Joking apart Jim said he is delighted to be supporting the annual event.

He added: “I have followed the Festival with interest from its very early days and know that it is now one of the most prestigious challenges on the Scottish running calendar.

“Taking part in the fun run is therefore an honour and a pleasure and I look forward to seeing a lot of people on the day, whether they are serious athletes hoping to improve on their personal best times to those of us who will be hoping to raise money for charities through sponsorship.

“And equally I hope that as many people as possible will turn up just to cheer us all along – I certainly know that I personally will need all the help I can get.”