Sam’s the man as pupils impress

Sam Fernando
Sam Fernando

Over 50 runners participated in Series 2 of the East Cross Country championships organised by Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics at Heriot Watt, Riccarton Campus.

Athletes from schools in Lothian and Fife took part in one of the most popular events in the autumn/winter calendar which is available to Disability Sport Fife (DSF) members.

Pupils with additional support needs from Lochgelly HS, Balwearie HS, Woodmill HS and Bell Baxter HS represented Fife in the second of four series of races.

The winner of the S2 girls 1Km race was Kerry Kotlewski (Bell Baxter HS).

There was a Fife clean sweep in the S3 1Km event when Reece Dickson (Balwearie HS) finished first, Shane White (Bell Baxter HS) finished second and Dean Bruce (Bell Baxter HS) finished third.

Attention then turned to races over 2k and 3k and the excellent form of the Fife athletes continued.

A third place finish for Dylan Fotheringham (Balwearie HS) in the S4-S6 event set the scene for the longest race of the Series over 3Km and yet again Fife athletes did not disappoint.

Ryan Dunwoodie (Balwearie HS) covered the course in 12:46 to take second place and continue his excellent record over the past five years as a cross country runner.

The outstanding athlete once again was S4 Bell Baxter HS pupil Sam Fernando.

Sam is a member of Fife AC and has been the outstanding DSF junior distance athlete for the last few years.

Hecovered the 3Km course in 11:19 for a second successive win of the year in the east series and another 10 points towards his overall Series total.

DSF president, Richard Brickley, said: “This was another excellent day for Team Fife in the east series of cross country races.

“Most schools in Fife for pupils with additional support needs promote cross country over the autumn and winter terms.

“The 2014 results in the east series so far confirm that Fife has a significant number of athletes challenging for overall series titles.”