"Fife AC are the latest club to collect one of our scottishathletics Podium Awards and they came up with the perfect occasion to receive the accolade.
A Cross Country race by night shortly before Hallowe’en sounds a novel idea but few can make these events work quite the way Fife do.
Kids races were followed by a 5k challenge for athletes of all abilities and the full community involvement aspect was in evidence on a farm near Cupar on a (thankfully) dry late October night.
Chief executive Nigel Holl was in attendance and Pat Rollo, a Scottish record holder, undertook a Q and A sessions with the Fife AC youngsters.
The Podium award in itself is due recognition for the club’s good progress on adopting the right principles and practices.
With NVT Club Together officer Jen Kibble now in post, Fife AC’s ambitions to grow the club across a wide geographical area are now firmly taking root.
scottishathletics Regional Manager, Ashley Oswald, has been guiding the club through the whole process.
‘I am delighted that Fife AC has achieved their Podium Award from scottishathletics,’ said Ashley.
‘I have been working closely with the club for over a year now and what stands out to me is the real ambition, drive and enthusiasm from the dedicated volunteers at this club. There seems to be an abundance of members really wanting to make a difference.
‘For the club I really think this award represents 'change'. Fife AC has grown from strength to strength in such a short space of time; arguably they are a club that have the potential to be the largest club in Scotland in the next five years so there are exciting times ahead!
‘I was there on the night for the Podium award and it was a fantastic event – kids running in fancy dress with torches on a spooky course with music filling the night. It was brilliant and the club's ‘Off Track Club of the Year’ nomination was another acknowledgement of what is happening there.’
Roger Rees has now stepped down after two years as President – during which Fife AC made a lot of progress - and Gary Barker now takes up the role.
It certainly looks as if the immediate future is as bright at the lanterns and torches the other night ..."