THE junior athletics ‘Mini Tour of Fife’ saw a record number of youngsters take part as it concluded with the final event of the series at Kingsbarns.
The fifth annual event held by Fife Athletic Club, saw a hectic week of five races in five days in which 107 young athletes completed all five events – West Sands beach race, East Lomond Hill Race, Balmullo Trail Race, Hill of Tarvit estate time trial and Kingsbarns race.
Each of the races for 2013 were designed specifically with each age group in mind to ensure that each runner was in with a fair chance of winning a race.
The 2.1km time trial saw the highest attendance of 147 runners, with the Crail brothers George and Tristan Rees claiming first overall places in the under 13s and under 15s boys categories respectively, while Ana Brocklebank, Crail, won the under 15 girls section. Winners in the under 18 category were Ronan McInstray, Anstruther, and Ailsa Cruickshanks from Lundin Links.
The Usain Bolt Sprinting Award for the fastest finishes of the week went to Lauran Tyson, while the Most Improved Tourist award was won by Aiden Preston.
Blood, Sweat but No Tears Awards went to Tristram Stockwell and Daniel Campbell-Rodger, whilst five runners who completed all five races – Alex Thomson, Craig Morris, Tristan Rees, George Rees and Johnny Harris – became members of the aptly named Crazy Fools Club!
All 107 finishers of the week saw their names go into the bag for the plum draw of two mountain bikes which were won by Ben Black and Annabelle Sey.
The overall results (after five races) were: U11 boys – 1 R Van Rensburg, 2 F Sey, 3 J Harris; U11 girls – 1 A Hedley, 2 I Bell, 3 K Smith; U13 boys – 1 G Rees, 2 N van Rensburg, 3 C Morris; U13 girls – 1 O Cromar, 2 T K Pryde, 3 S Fernando; U15 boys – 1 T Rees, 2 R Brocklebank, 3 S Fernando; U15 girls – 1 A Brocklebank, 2 C Hazel; U18 boys – 1 R McInstray; U18 girls – 1 A Cruickshanks, 2 S Paterson, 3 S Sweeney.
Over 750 runners completed the 4.3 mile Black Race from Kinghorn on Friday where Euan Berry finished 36th/2nd junior in 27 minutes 15 seconds with Jamie Ferguson 55th/3rd junior – 28.09. Katie Aitken won the first female junior award (32.56) with Abbie Steggles 2nd junior (34.07).
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Logan Rees headed the field at the Falkland Hill Race up the East Lomond covering the two-mile course with its 1200ft climb in 21 minutes 24 seconds. Tristan Rees completed his sixth race in seven days placing second.
Twenty-four hours earlier Scott Cassidy claimed third place at the Largo Law Challenge covering the six miles in 47 minutes 12 seconds.