Fife AC runners get festive in the field

Zach Delaney of Fife Athletics Club and Anster Haddies
Zach Delaney of Fife Athletics Club and Anster Haddies

TEN Fife AC runners welcomed the new year at the Portobello Promethon Four-Mile Road Race on Sunday, where the mild weather attracted a record field of 386 runners.

Steve Clark headed the Fife contingent, finishing 22nd in 22 minutes 15 seconds, with Colin Brown 46th and Dan Newman 59th also making the top 100.

Lorraine Brown placed 123rd overall, 17th female, clocking 27 minutes 05 seconds.

A total of 58 Fife AC runners worked off their Christmas dinner by contesting the two-mile Boxing Day cross-country handicap at Craigtoun Park, St Andrews.

Unattached athlete Brian Thomson took the President’s Steak Pie prize, ahead of under-20 Crail junior Zach Delaney, with three members of the Rees family, also from Crail, finishing in the top 10.

Across at Kirkcaldy, seven-year-old Hayley Brown was a runaway winner of the Fife AC Boxing Day handicap at Beveridge Park (pictured above).

She finished 34 seconds ahead of the chasing pack, timed at an actual 12 minutes 36 seconds over the 1.3-mile circuit.

Stuart Milne placed a fine second at the Aberdeen Park 5km run, timed at 19 minutes 27 seconds, while at the Falkirk Park 5km, Brian R. Smith finished 36th in a new personal best of 21.59.

Local athletes were also due on Monday this week to usher in 2012 with the Tortoise and Hare two-man relay at Giffordtown.

The third and final East League Cross-Country takes place at Broxburn on Saturday, January 14 starting with the under-11s’ one-mile at 1pm.

No entry, no registration - just turn up and wear the club league number eight.

There are races for all age groups.