Fife AC stars in TV x-country

Logan Rees, Crail, represented East of Scotland at BBC televised Great Edinburgh Cross Country at Holyrood Park.

Logan Rees, Crail, represented East of Scotland at BBC televised Great Edinburgh Cross Country at Holyrood Park.

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FIFE AC athletes starred representing the East of Scotland at the BBC-televised Great Edinburgh Cross-Country on Saturday, incorporating the Scottish Inter-District Championships.

Adam Scott claimed the individual silver medal in the U13 boys’ race.

Jamie Ingledew finished 14th in the U15 boys’ race.

Ailsa Cruickshanks, Lundin Links, worked her way steadily through the field to place 20th for East in the U15 girls’ championship, followed by Ana Brocklebank, Crail in 27th.

Logan Rees’ U17 Inter-District race was part of a lager cast of international runners featuring U20 athletes representing Great Britain, USA and Team Europe. The Crail runner had a tremendous run to finish 35th.

East of Scotland champion Robbie Simpson (East/Deeside R) won the Scottish Inter-District men’s 8km title, while Elspeth Curran (West/Kilbarchan) was a runaway winner of the women’s Inter-District title over 6km.

Gillian Palmer placed second for East, holding off the challenge of Fife AC’s Helen Sharpe in third. A strong surge through the field saw Halina Rees place 11th, representing Scottish Universities, while Amie McKimmie gained her first ever representative honours for East, placing 28th.

Over-50 veteran athletes Kenneth Anthony and John Thomson dominated the Hare and Tortoise Relay at Heatherhall Woods near Ladybank last week, finishing 2 minutes and 47 seconds ahead of the nearest opposition.

Harris Stewart, aged eight, won Fife AC’s Boxing Day handicap run at Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, ahead of a field of 74 finishers.

Scottish junior internationalist Bruce Millar posted the fastest time of the day at 7 minutes 5 seconds, while Hayley Ovens (Edinburgh AC) was the fastest female timed at 7.42.

Another 70 runners gathered for Fife AC’s Craigtoun Park Boxing Day handicap at St Andrews, with Chris Russell victorious.

Over-40 veteran Russell came through the field timed at 10 minutes 40 seconds for the two-mile circuit. Hunters Bog Trotter Louise Provan received the president’s Steak Pie as the leading lady.

Before 2012 was out, prolific racer Brian R. Smith celebrated his 99th race of the year, contesting the Edinburgh Parkrun at Cramond/Silverknowes before reaching 100 races a couple of hours later at East Lothian Orienteers Festive Frolic.

Fife AC hosts the Devils Burdens Hill Relay on February 9. New members welcome to Fife AC; call 01333 450286 or visit www.fifeac.co.uk.