Glenrothes 10k attracts hundreds of runners

GLENROTHES;'Glenrothes Road Running Festival; Winner NEIL CALDER'photo; WALTER NEILSON
GLENROTHES;'Glenrothes Road Running Festival; Winner NEIL CALDER'photo; WALTER NEILSON

Despite opposition from similar events in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline, hundreds of runners of all ages turned out for the various events at Glenrothes Road Running Festival.

The main event of the day was the 10 Kilometre race where victory went to Edinburgh Athletic Club’s Neil Calder who was making his first appearance at the event.

The capital runner came home a comfortable winner in a time of 34 minutes. while following him over the line were race veterans Jeff Farquar, Pitreavie AC and Glenrothes’ Chris Russell, a previous winner.

The women’s title went to Janet McWhinnie from Kinghorn who runs for Fife AC, crossing the finish line in 42 minutes, 18 seconds just ahead of Nicola Crowe, Perth Road Runners ,with local Glenrothes athlete, Maureen Hill, third.

The 4k run saw many of the local youth football teams taking part, and leading home the big field was Lee Schiavone from Glenrothes, ahead of Nicky McKenzie.

The first boy and girl home in the 2k run was Connor Thornhill and Rachael McNab, while in the 300 metres junior jog Malcolm Somers and Shannon Duffy headed the field.

The presentations to the various winners were made by Alan Seath from main sponsors Lomond Homes.

Results: 10k [Men] 1. Neil Calder, Edinburgh AC 2. Jeff Farquhar, Pitreavie AC 3 Chris Russell Fife AC. [Women] 1. Janet McWhinnie, Fife AC. 2 Nicola Crowe, Perth Roadrunners, 3 Maureen Hill, Kinross Road Runners. [Male veterans]1. Jeff Farquar, Pitreavie AC, 2. Brian Cruikshank, Fife AC, 3. Roger Clark, Carnegie Harriers. [Female Veterans] 1. Nicola Crowe, Perth Road Runners, 2 Fiona Angus 3. Claire Howie. First Glenrothes female, Maureen Hill; male, Chris Russell.