Training regime gets put into practice in Methil

Luke Whittaker being awarded the Caley Cup by Ian Shield.
Luke Whittaker being awarded the Caley Cup by Ian Shield.

Leven Las Vegas Running Club’s latest 10-week training block reached a thrilling climax on Tuesday evening with around 50 runners taking part in a fast and frantic time trial race at the Energy Park in Methil.

The event is held at the conclusion of each training block, allowing members to gauge their progress by testing themselves against their previous times over the same course.

No less than 20 club members improved on their best recorded times, with the outstanding performance coming from Leven’s Luke Whittaker.

Less than six months ago Luke was a complete beginner to running when he joined the Leven Las Vegas Couch to 5k jogging course.

His dedication and commitment to completing the course and then continuing with regular training was rewarded when he received the LLV Caley Cup for most improved runner in the training block.

The following evening was the Gateside Gallop, a five mile trail race in the countryside around Gateside village.

Three LLV were in attendance, with Chris Russell finishing second overall.

Also taking part were Allen Marr and Annie Gibson.

At the weekend, Peter Rieu-Clarke continued his build-up to his debut as a marathon runner by competing in the Highland Perthshire half marathon at Aberfeldy.

Also competing in the Scottish Highlands was LLV jog leader Tricia Wallace who took part in the Glenmore 12 hour race near Aviemore.

The final race in the Trailbusters series was held at Balbirnie Park in Markinch on Sunday morning.

Chris Russell was victorious at the event, making it three wins out of three for the Glenrothes athlete and confirming him as the overall series winner.

Chris was joined in the race by LLV clubmates Donna Rodger, Annie Gibson, Dawn Watson and Lindsay Bell.

Allen Marr continued his return from long-term injury by competing in the Pitreavie AAC David Candlish Memorial Mile event on the track at Pitreavie Athletics Centre in Dunfermline.

In a fast race Allen ran close to a personal best time to outstrip the opposition and cross the line in first place.

At the weekend parkruns Chris Russell capped a fine week of running by finishing second overall and achieving a new personal best time at Craigtoun Park in St Andrews, where Annie Gibson also recorded a new PB.

Robin Pate set his fastest time so far at Livingston parkrun.