Test for athletes in Tour of Fife

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A number of local athletes are all set to come under orders for one of the most popular events on the Fife athletics calendar.

The 12th annual John R. Weir Tour of Fife, a series of five races held over five consecutive days gets underway tonight [Wednesday 25th].

The event, organised by Glenrothes athlete Brian Cruickshank has become so popular that the capacity of 150 was reached within 24 hours.

The opening event this evening [Wed 25th] sees the runners contest ‘The Teddy Bear Race’, over an easy 5 mile course from Giffardtown nr Ladybank.

On Thursday [26th] evening the competitors face a 4.5 miles ‘Trail Race’ held within the grounds of the Hill of Tarvit Mansion House nr Ceres.

Friday [27th] night brings the Alp d’Huez of the tour with the ‘Up Hell Time Trial’ which is an uphill-only race against the clock.

Each competitor sets off individually to cover the the 1.4 miles course from Purin Den to the radio mast on East Lomond - a climb of 754 feet.

It’s off to the coast at St Andrews on Saturday [28th] night for the 4.5 mile ‘Chariots of Fire Beach Race’ run over an out and back course on the West Sands beach featured in the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire.

The race culminates on Sunday [29th] afternoon with the ‘Black Hill Race’ from the grounds of the Falkland Estate.

There will be male and female prizes for the first three finishers in the overall series, as well as prizes for the winners of eight different age-categories.