Haddies racers kept up to speed

Yvonne Dehn, Eck Anderson, Jonny Knox, Lizzie Knox, Pamela Cruickshanks, Thomas Knox, Fiona Cruickshanks and Dell Rae at the Braemar Gathering.
Yvonne Dehn, Eck Anderson, Jonny Knox, Lizzie Knox, Pamela Cruickshanks, Thomas Knox, Fiona Cruickshanks and Dell Rae at the Braemar Gathering.

A BUSY week of racing for the Anster Haddies athletics club began on Saturday, as the hill running contingent headed up to the Braemar Gathering for the annual Morrone Hill race.

Haddie hill running legend, Jonny Knox, retained his magnificent title of first male veteran.

However, Jonny’s dominance in the hills is being threatened now by the recent great form of Dell Rae, who stormed to the summit of the hill ahead of the pack.

Thomas Knox and Eck Anderson followed closely behind, with Eck unfortunately pulling a hamstring as he thundered down into the arena.

Lizzie Knox took a huge slice off last year’s time to make her debut into the arena and finish as first female junior, followed by Pamela Cruickshanks who also ran well.

Fiona Cruickshanks was second junior, followed by Yvonne Dehn on her first hill run at Braemar.

Race action continued last Wednesday evening at the tough four-mile Gateside Gallop.

Haddies dominated the top placings with the inspirational Dell Rae taking first place, leading the field over the hilly multi-terrain route around the fields and woods below West Lomond.

A welcome return to racing for Ewan Lumsden saw him chase Dell to claim second place.

Not to be outdone by the male Haddies, Ailsa Cruickshanks ran a personal best time to finish third female overall and first junior place.

Hazel Bradley, who is in great form at the moment, took the first female 60 prize.

Other Haddies competing, in order of finishing, were Stuart Mackenzie, Pamela Cruickshanks, Allan Gibson, Ian Shield, David Nuttall, Debz Hay, Fiona Cruickshanks, Yvonne Dehn, Tracy Chalmers, Karen Cunningham and Carole Fraser.

Park-run regulars enjoyed the Saturday morning sunshine of the 5K at Craigtoun Park.

Ronan McKinstray finishing in 19:40, dad Richard in 24:19, the returning to form Ian Shield in 24:32 and Elise and Ruby Methven in 39:14.

Tonight (Wednesday) Haddies are reminded that the annual club photograph and presentation of sponsorship from the Anstruther Fish Bar takes places at 6.30pm outside the area’s chip shop.

Members have been asked to arrive promptly for the event and to wear club colours.

The famous Haddie-organised East Neuk 10K is fast approaching – it takes place on Sunday September 23.

Runners of all abilities are encouraged to enter this friendly local event.

Entries can be made at entry central (web link from Haddies website: http://haddies.weebly.com) or on the day at the Waid Academy sports centre.

A family fun run will also take part on the same day, beginning around noon.