Fife juniors on top form

Bruce Millar

Bruce Millar

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Bruce Millar ran a 54 second last lap to destroy the 3000m field and win in 9 minutes 16.33 seconds and Cameron Thomson won the B string with 10:43.85.

Bruce also took the 2000m Steeplechase A string with 6:45.33.

Other victories were recorded by Ronan McInstray, Anstruther, in the under 17s 1500m (5:05.43).

Jack Robb came 2nd in the 400m A string with a new personal best of 50.41 seconds while back on track Ronan McInstray was second over 3000m with a time of 10:58.13.

Stephanie Pennycook was third in the under 20 women’s 1500m (4:59.76) while Ailsa Cruickshanks, Lundin Links, was second in the under 17’s 3000m (11:24.73) and also came fourth in the 1500m (5:21.31).

East Neuk over 40 veteran Mark Harris placed second overall at the White Tops Hill Race from Kirkton of Auchterhouse last Friday.

18-year old Jamie Crowe (Dundee Hawkhill) finished a clear winner over the 6.5 mile course with its total ascent of 1,200ft timed at 43 minutes 42 seconds, eighty-five seconds clear of runner-up Harris who claimed the over 40 veteran prize.

The first four runners all broke last year’s record including the record holder, Brian Bonnyman.

The Fife AC Strawberry Races at Cairnie Fruit Farm, near Cupar, last Wednesday saw 136 runners contest one kilometre and two mile circuits.

Nicola Philp (Glenrothes Tri.) was a clear winner of the two mile novice race covering the three lap course in 13 minutes 09 seconds followed by leading male runner Sean McNally of Forthill Primary School.

The ever improving Sam Fernando (Fife AC) won out in the Junior two mile edging out Rohan Strathie (Madras College) in an all-out sprint finish with Fernando clocking 10 minutes 53 seconds to Strathie’s 10.55.

Stephanie Gibson (Pitteuchar Primary, Glenrothes) placed eighth overall, leading girl in 14 minutes 16 seconds.

East of Scotland under 18 men’s 1500m and 800m champion Bruce Millar equaled his course record at the Ravenscraig Park one mile series at Kirkcaldy last week.
Millar, who set a new record of 4.35 at last months race, two seconds inside the previous best, was once again a runaway winner finishing sixteen seconds ahead of Fife under 20 colleague Ewan Paton who improved his personal best over the circuit to 4.51.

After 16 years of East Fife Mail athletics reporting, correspondent Graham Bennison is retiring. He thanks all who have supported the column during this time.

The Ship Inn Shell Bay Sandy Slither 6.1 mile race takes place tomorrow, Thursday July 4 starting at 7.30pm.

Registration on the night at the Temple car-park, Lower Largo.

The scenic route runs is a point to point course from Lower Largo to Elie.

Enquiries 01334 880247.