Testing conditions for Haddies of all ages

Ready for action
Ready for action

THERE was a fine turnout of Junior Anster Haddies athletes in the Mini Tour of Fife.

The series of races takes place over a week, with distances varying by age category. Races are the Tarvit Time Trial, Falkland Trail Race, East Lomond Hill Race and Tentsmuir Beach Race.

Ruby Methven flew the Haddies’ colours in the under-11s contest. She finished the time trial in 12:42, the trail race in 14:43, the hill race in 16:42 and the beach race in 9:57.

Ailsa Cruickshanks delivered a strong performance in the under-15s category. She was first female in her age group in the time trial in 8:37 and second in her age group for both the trail race and hill race in 30:07 and 22:58 respectively.

Fiona Cruickshanks and Ronan McKinstrey represented the club in the under-18s category. Fiona was first female in her section in each of the races, with 9:21 in the time trial, 31:51 in the trail race, 26:29 in the hill race and 24:31 in the beach race. Ronan was second boy in the beach race with 20:28. He completed the time trial in 7:43, trail race in 24:15 and hill race in 18:56.

One Haddie made a trip across the North Sea to Amersfoot in the Netherlands for the 10K. Ewan Davidson finished 59th in a field of nearly 1800 runners, with a time of 44:34. Ewan was also in action in Edinburgh, this time completing the Meadows 5K in a time of 21:25.

Hazel Bradley won the female over-60s category at the Auld Toun 10K in 46:56.

Friday night was more like mid-winter than mid-summer, but George and Debz Hay ventured over to Dundee for the Templeton Trail Race. George scored a course personal best, despite the wind and rain, finishing in 48:44, with Debz in 49:59.

The adverse weather continued into the weekend with icy temperatures, wind and rain, but the Haddies were undaunted.

There was a lower than usual turnout at the Park Run in St Andrews but Ian Shield was there and scored a new personal best in 23:58.

On Sunday, Jennifer Gallagher battled through the inclement weather at the Race for Life 10K in Camperdown Park.

Training this week will leave from Waid Sports Centre. Runners have been asked to meet there at 6.30pm prompt, with new members and visitors welcome.