Fife runners discover life’s a beach

Amie McKimmie'Fife AC
Amie McKimmie'Fife AC

CORSTORPHINE athlete Keith Hood made a successful trip to the seaside from the capital winning the Ship Inn Shell Bay Sandy Slither race from Lower Largo to Elie last week.

The 6.1 mile point to point race throws up a variety of testing terrain and 1.5 miles into the race, following a rocky beach section, it was Hood that forged ahead over firmer sand - broken only by a plunge into the Cocklemill Burn to reach the three-mile point at Shell Bay.

Last year’s winner Chris Russell gave chase along the coastal path but ascending Kincraig Point the Edinburgh athlete was already enjoying a 70 seconds advantage.

Down the steep cliff drop to Earlsferry and on to Elie beach for the final mile-slog along soft sand, Hood reached the Ship Inn finish in 38 minutes 57 seconds having extended his lead to 80 seconds.

Fife AC women dominated the female results. They were led home by Amie McKimmie 12th, Sheena Jack 14th and Rhona van Rensburg 16th.

Meanwhile, also last week, Lewis Millar won the Brig Bash five-mile Road Race at Bridge of Earn, a comfortable 82 seconds ahead of runner-up, Michigan State visitor James Kasten (USA).

With a prize on offer for whoever led through the opening mile, Gary Smith (Falkirk Vic) reached the mile marker in four minutes 52 seconds while Jennifer Emsley (Central) clocked five minutes 35 seconds, going on to finish leading female for the full distance in 28 minutes 55 seconds, a mere one second ahead of Garscube’s Lesley Chisholm.

Fife AC over-50 veteran Addy Gerrard is making a habit of beating both top senior and over-35 and over-40 veterans, on this occasion taking the over-45’s prize placing seventh female overall. Carol Melville won the over-60’s category while George Black was leading over-70.

Elsewhere, 40-year old Steve Clark was Fife AC’s leading runner at last Sunday’s Crieff 10km trail race run over a muddy, rain-soaked course. Steve finished fourth overall/second veteran.

The fourth event in the Mid-Week Series is tonight’s (Wednesday’s) Newburgh five-mile multi-terrain. The Forfar Hill Race is this Friday. Both 7.30pm starts.