Fife’s junior hill runners do Scotland proud

Logan Rees and Ailsa Cruickshanks
Logan Rees and Ailsa Cruickshanks

Four Fife AC juniors were in action at the British Junior Hill Running Championships in Aberfoyle.

While England dominated, winning team gold in all four of the races, there were some encouraging individual performances from the Scottish juniors.

Ailsa Cruickshanks’ (Lundin Links) 16th place finish helped the Scottish U16 girls team to silver medal position in her first international appearance.

Annabel Simpson (Milnathort) ran as a guest after having missed the trial race earlier in the month, finishing in an impressive sixth place ahead of the first Scottish team member.

Experienced hill runner Logan Rees’ (Crail) fourth place finish, which was first Scottish finisher, helped the Scottish U16 boys team to the silver medal position. Despite missing an individual medal by only 13 seconds, it was Logan’s best performance to date in a Scotland vest.

In addition to the championships races, there was also an U14 open race, in which Louise McCullagh (Dunfermline) finished third. Congratulations to all four runners and a special mention to Fife AC’s Mark Harris who acted as boys team manager for the day.

Fife AC’s men and women dominated at the East Neuk 10k winning both the men’s and women’s team prizes. The men’s team was U20 Zach Delaney (Anstruther), Steve Clark (Dunfermline) and Brian Cruickshank (Glenrothes) and the women’s team was Sheena Logan (Auchtermuchty), who picked up the individual win, Hilary Ritchie (Dairsie) and Sandra Tulloch (St Andrews). Chloe Ritchie (St Andrews) won the junior 1k.

The Fife AC Awards Night will take place on Friday, October 4, at 7.30 p.m at the Howe of Fife Rugby Club in Cupar.