Fruit farm race is a real treat

Jez Tomlinson
Jez Tomlinson

Fife AC’s Halloween Races at Cairnie Fruit Farm on the evening of Wednesday, October 30 were a wonderful success.

The event was excellently organised and clearly demonstrated the spirit of the club, with 100 runners from the local area and from further afield taking part and crowds of Fife AC volunteers there to hold torches and cheer the runners round the course.

Racers across a variety of ages and abilities all arrived at the venue.

The primary four and under race, which received the biggest turnout of the night, was won by Liam Wyse of Fife AC in 4.9.

Campbell Snowgrass of Lawhead Primary School was second in 4.43 and Katie Johnson of Haddington Pacemakers was third in 4.49.

In the primary five – primary seven race, Ruan Van Rensburg of St Columbas Primary School won in 4.22.

Oliver Henderson of Lawhead Primary School was second in 4.32 and Emma Johnson of Haddington Pacemakers was third in 4.33.

In the junior two mile race, Sam Fernando of Fife AC narrowly won from Ronan McInstray of Anster Haddies in 11.46.

Nico Van Rensburg of Bell Baxter High School was third in 12.18.

Finally, in the novice 2 mile race, Rosemary Lee of Fife AC secured a convincing victory in 16.29 Linsday Arnott of Glenrothes Tri Club was second in 16.48 and Jo Taylor (unatt.) was third in 17.45.

The event was the perfect occasion for Fife AC to become one of the first athletics clubs in Scotland to be awarded the Scottish Podium Award.

Scottish Athletics chief executive Nigel Holl and Scottish 100m hurdles record holder Pat Rollo were in attendance to present the award and hold a question and answer session for the children after the races.

Scottish Athletics regional manager, Ashley Oswald, was also in attendance at the local race.

“I am delighted that Fife AC has achieved their Podium Award from Scottish Athletics,’ she said.

“I have been working closely with the club for over a year now and what stands out to me is the real ambition, drive and enthusiasm from the dedicated volunteers at this club.

“There seems to be an abundance of members really wanting to make a difference.”

A number of Fife AC athletes were in action at the Templeton 10 mile race in Dundee on Saturday, November 2.

Top Fife AC finisher was Jez Tomlinson whose time of 63.10 not only earned him 6th place overall but also placed him first in the V50 category. Amie McKimmie placed 23rd overall and first female in 69.2.

Other notable performances came from Dan Clarke who was 10th in 65.04, Neil Millar who was 39th in 72.00 and Mitch McCreadie who was 40th and first V60 in 72.06.