Chris ploughs his way to trail series race victory

Zoey Johnston
Zoey Johnston

The weather conditions abated on Sunday for the second instalment of the Frostbite Trail Race Series at Falkland Estate, with 180 athletes starting in sunny, cool conditions.

With a slight change to the course because of the previous day’s storms, the runners had to face six dooks in the stream on both laps.

The mud and silt was migrating further up the banking, causing many of the event’s competitors to splash about in attempt to get out and exit at the other end.

Glenrothes runner Chris Russell, making his first appearance at the series, was quick out of the traps and offered stiff competition to Fife AC’s Keith Taylor.

Both runners were head to head around the five and a half kilometre two-lap course until entering the stubble field to set up a thrilling finish.

Over the last 600 metres Russell, who is a member of the Leven Las Vegas, broke away at the summit of the gruelling muddy course and ascended to the finish, nine seconds ahead of Taylor in 25 minutes 42 seconds.

The winner of the previous Frostbite race, Mark Norris from Dundee Road Runners, was third in 26.15.

Stuart Mackay was fourth overall (first senior) in 26.23.

First host club finisher of the day was Tom Ashton in fifth in 26.35.

Owing to the combination of the weather and the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, six Skwerletz members decided instead to forfeit competing at the 7 Reservoirs Half Marathon across the Pentland hills and took part in the frolics at Falkland Estate.

In the absence of Dundee Road Runners Jane Dunlop, the host club’s Zoey Johnston was first female finisher in 30.44 and now heads the leader board in the open category.

Sarah Hutt from Kinross Road Runners was second in 31.44.

Alison Sutherland was second for the Psycho Skwerrlz in 31.54.

Another member who decided to stay in the Kingdom was Susanne Lumsden, who now heads the female vet 40 category after two rounds finishing in 32.27.

First junior male was Colin Michie from Fife AC 31.08 (31st overall), Libby Smith from Fife AC was first female junior finisher in 40.19 and heads the junior category.

Glenrothes Tri-Club were represented in the race by Andrew Kinninmonth and Jamie Hutchison, who finished 34th and 67th repectively.

A number of hardy souls braved the horrendous conditions of Saturday morning to take part in the St Andrews and Kirkcaldy parkruns.

FTR results were:

St Andrews – 6 & 1 M 50-54 Brian Cruickshank, 15 Kevin Murray 21.48, 34 Euan Taylor 24.00, 38 & 5f Susanne Lumsden 24.16, 101 & 40F Elaine Beaton 38.24, 101 Calum Beaton 38.25, 105 Malcolm McTavish44.29. 108 ran.

Kirkcaldy – 10 & 1F Alison Sutherland 21.52, 18 Paul Sutherland 22.39,36 Taylor Stevenson 26.08, 53 & 14F Ann Davidson 29.02,67 Sandy Adam 29.02; 67 ran.