Fife AC racers spread across the country

Fife's AC's young Ben Lomond team runners
Fife's AC's young Ben Lomond team runners

It was a busy week for Fife AC athletes up and down the country, with some noteworthy performances on the hills, road and track.

Fife AC juniors were not put off by the tough underfoot conditions or the testing course at the Scottish Junior Hill Running Championships at Ben Lomond, with the team returning home with four brilliant individual medals and a string of other top 10 placings.

The stand out performance of the day came from Tristan Rees who, in his first year in the age group, took the Scottish U17 boys’ title.

It was a successful day for the Rees family, who are all regulars at Dave Francis’ Sunday hill running sessions, as Tristan’s older brother Logan was second in the U20 boys’ race and younger brother George was second in the U15 boys’ race.

The final medal of the day came from Ailsa Cruickshanks who was third in the U17 girls’ race.

Other impressive performances came from Craig Morris who was fifth in the U15 boys’ race, Sam Fernando who was eighth in the U15 race and Tom Harris who was seventh in the U20 race.

Fife AC hosted the Markinch Miracle Mile on to commemorate 60 years since Roger Bannister became the first man to break the four minute mile barrier.

Fife AC’s John Thomson took the victory in 4.48 from Dean Kane of Inverness Harriers in 4.49 and Martin Butcher of Carnegie Harriers in 4.52.

Gillian Sangster of Dundee Road Runners was first female in 5.13. Close behind were Rosie Doull of Dundee Road Runners in second in 5.14 and Laura Gibson of Fife AC in third in 5.19.

At first Young Athletes League at Caird Park in Dundee, Fife AC’s Adam Scott and Cian Young produced two of the stand-out performances of the day. Adam dominated the U15 boys’ 800m, winning in a personal best of 2.05.8 which places him 6th for his age in the UK.

U15 Cian Young won the 200m in 25.9 as well as placing second in the 100m in 12.3 and teaming up with Struan Christie, Jake Middleton and Campbell Palmer to win the 4 x 100m relay in 49.9.

Further afield, American-based athlete Andrew Lemoncello travelled across the Atlantic to take part in the British 10,000m Championships in London. In wet and windy conditions, Andrew placed sixth in a time of 29.25.