Fife athletes stand out in a top class cross country field

Gold medals for Scotland East U20 Men – Sol Sweeney, Ben Greenwood, Alex Carcas, Joe Arthur and Fife AC’s Tristan Rees.
Gold medals for Scotland East U20 Men – Sol Sweeney, Ben Greenwood, Alex Carcas, Joe Arthur and Fife AC’s Tristan Rees.

Fife AC athletes were selected to represent Scotland East at the prestigious Inter Counties Cross Country in Loughborough which incorporated the final British Cross Country Challenge Series event.

In a top class field, several Fife athletes stood out.

In the U13 girls’ race, newly crowned Scottish Cross Country Champion Anna Hedley placed second to Bethany Cook of Sussex.

Having won the previous British Cross Country Challenge events in Antrim, Cardiff, Liverpool and Milton Keynes, Anna was the clear winner of the overall U13 girls’ title.

The day started well with Scotland East winning the Under 20 Men team title. World Cross Country places were up for grabs and Sol Sweeney and Ben Greenwood were with the lead pack for much of the race before it broke up.

Sol Sweeney (8th), Ben Greenwood (11th), Fife AC’s Tristan Rees (14th) and Joe Arthur (15th) were the same four athletes who won U17 men silver medals in 2016 and went one better this year after going up an age group.

In the senior women’s race, on-form Steph Pennycook placed 14th and helped the Scotland East team to team silver.

In the senior men’s race, last week’s Cupar 5 Mile Road race winner Logan Rees placed an impressive 28th as one of the youngest runners in the race.

Logan Rees and Steph Pennycook have been selected to represent Scotland at the Home Countries Cross Country International in Port Talbot, Wales later this month having had strong runs at the Scottish Cross Country Championships in February.

A spokesman for Fife AC said: “Congratulations to Logan, Steph and their respective coaches.”

Socttishethletics said the results were an indictation of the good health of the sport in the country.

A spokesman said: “With five Individual medals, four team medals and two automatic World Cross Country places, the large Scottish contingent has much to celebrate at what is still the best in depth quality cross country meeting of the UK calendar.”