Chris set for festival of running

Chris Russell
Chris Russell

As always, Sunday’s Glenrothes Road Running Festival will be centred around Fife Institute in Viewfield Road, but the route of the principal race – the 10k event itself - was actually re-designed four years ago by Fife Athletic Club stalwart Chris Russell.

“I have personally taken part in the race almost every year since I was 16 way back in 1986,” explained Chris, “and I am 41 this year.

“Over the years I had heard a lot of comments about the route – not always positive ones – and in many of the cases I would find myself agreeing.

“When I was asked in my club capacity to look at the route I was able to redesign it – almost by ‘public demand’, so to speak - so that we now avoid one particularly unsightly industrial estate and we no longer have to run around a cone outside Fife Police headquarters in Detroit Road for instance.

“I am particularly pleased with one section where a figure of eight composition involving a bridge over the route actually affords the slower runners a view of the leaders and vice versa, of course, while Boblingen Way must surely be one of the nicest parts of any route and any race in the country.”

Last year, Chris particularly enjoyed the event taking home the special trophy as the first Glenrothes male to finish the 10k race.

“It would be great to retain the trophy in 2012,” added Chris, “and I will certainly be giving it my best shot.”

Organisers are thanking townspeople for their co-operation, understanding and assistance on Sunday, apologising in advance for any inconvenience the event might cause.”