When Joe McCafferty says he has been running for as long as he can remember, that is very likely longer than anyone else who will be taking part in this year’s Glenrothes Road Running Festival.
For at 75 the retired builder’s labourer is proof that age is no barrier for all those wanting to take part in the event on Sunday, June 26.
“This will be my nineteenth consecutive race in the Festival,” explained the Rimbleton runner, “and I have no plans to hang up my running shoes just yet. I have been running all my life and I see no reason to stop now.”
Glasgow-born Joe moved to Glenrothes in 1961 and played football for a number of local clubs, including Thornton Hibs and Star Hearts. Indeed he still turns out regularly in 5-a-side games, such is his determination to keep fit and active.
“I also work behind the scenes with Glenrothes Strollers and we are encouraging as many of our young players as possible, from all our age categories, to join us in whatever of the events on the race programme at the Festival suits them best.”
In the run-up to the race Joe is already completing the 10k route three times a week so he is pleased with the way his training schedule is panning out.
As always at the Road Running Festival, as well as the racing opportunities, the day will be centred around the Fife Sports Institute in Viewfield Road and will feature a variety of entertainment and attractions for all the family.
The 2011 Road Running Festival programme will kick off on June 26 with a 2k Fun Run (entry £2) at 9.45 am with entrants welcome to walk, jog or run the distance. This will be followed by the traditional Junior Track Jog for pre-school children. This will start at 10.15 am and the 300 metre run round the Sports Institute track will cost entrants just £1 on the day.
The 10k Road Race will start at 10.30 am and is open to everyone aged 15 and over. Entry will be £13 in advance or £15 on the day. (Scottish Athletics members will pay £11 in advance or £13 on the day.)
This year’s 4k Fun Run, starting at 10.50 am, will again be open to runners of all ages and will cost £3 to enter on the day.
The ever-popular Biathlons are expected to attract even more entries this year. The Junior Biathlon (a 200m swim and 4k run for 10-12 year-olds) will cost £8. The event for 13-15 year-olds - a 400m swim and 4k run - will cost £10. For Seniors (aged 16 and over) the event will feature an 800m swim and 10k run. It will cost £12. For administration purposes, closing date for all Biathlon entries will be Wednesday, June 22.
Entry forms for the Festival are available by writing (enclosing a stamped-addressed envelope) to the Fife Sports Institute in Viewfield Road, Glenrothes (telephone 01592 583305). Alternatively anyone wanting entry forms or more information can also contact the Festival organizers online via www.fifeleisure.org.uk