Runners brave the cold as series nears its conclusion

Runners set off at the Falkland Estate.

Runners set off at the Falkland Estate.

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Some 186 runners competed in the penultimate Frostbite Trail Race Series at Falkland Estate on Sunday.

Hosted by Falkland Trail Runners, the constant rain stopped just a few minutes before the event and thankfully stayed away until the race was completed.

Due to work in progress at the estate, the runners were treated to a new course incorporating the usual climbs, stream crossings, log vaulting, falling about in mud and dirt and the usual mayhem associated with the Skwerlz races.

Donald Gavine, (unattached) led the runners around the two lap course setting off in a blistering pace around the ‘Shire’ field opposite the stables.

As the race became more competitive he was soon overtaken by Fife AC’s Keith Taylor who continued his momentum to cross the line over the last fifty metre steep ascent to finish in a comfortable first in 27 mins 13 secs.

Falkland Trail Runner Jonathan Peebles finished a mere three seconds behind in 27.18.

Having missed out in the previous race Jane Dunlop, Dundee Road Runners, stamped her authority over the 5k course finishing in 31mins 48 secs followed by the host club’s duo of Zoey Johnston 26.29 and Alison Sutherland 34.15.

28 FTR club members participated on the day with a further thirty helping out as marshals.

Full results available on the club’s Facebook page as well as the dedicated Frostbite Trail Race Series Facebook page.

The final event takes place in February.

At the local 5k parkruns on Saturday, many club members used the opportunity as a warm up for the next day’s activities at Falkland.

Tom Ashton finished first at St Andrews in 17 mins 42 with Brian Cruickshank making it a one-two finishing second in 18.28 (first V40).

Club president Tony Martin was 6th (1stV60) 19.28.

At Kirkcaldy, Alison Sutherland once again finished first female , (8th overall) in 21.22.

Lynne Zabek was the sole club runner at the Dunfermline parkrun finishing 54th.