East Fife Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Logan Rees

Runner-up Veteran of the Year - George Black

Runner-up Services to Sport - Anne McFarlane

 

Having departed his Flagstaff base along the iconic Route 66, Fife AC athlete Andrew Lemoncello certainly got his ‘kicks’ but not as anticipated, and…. in Las Vegas.

The 30-year old GB athlete, contesting his first event of the year, lined up alongside 900 runners at the Las Vegas 5km Road Race hoping to cash in on a good time along the famous Vegas Strip.

With the leading two athletes 40m clear approaching the final kilometre Andrew moved into fourth place and ironically within sight of The Coliseum, a keen battle commenced with an Ethiopian runner currently holding third place. It was just as the Fife athlete moved past his rival that the duel intensified.

Andrew commented: “I kid you not, the guy drop kicked me as I passed him. The whole thing was caught on camera fortunately and he was later disqualified.”

There was, however, an Ethiopian winner as Nahom Mesfin breasted the finish line pipping USA’s Chris Barnicle with both runners sharing a time of 14 minutes 14 seconds. Lemoncello followed home in 3rd clocking 14 minutes 31 seconds, three seconds inside the winning time posted at the Scottish 5km Championships just over a week ago.

Andrew reflected after the race: “Bit sore now bit I’m happy to have blown the cobwebs out of my legs and get the season kicked off. I never thought I would get injured by being kicked during a race. It’s a rough sport !”

Age is no barrier to Cupar veteran John McNally, the 76 year old long serving Fife AC member got up on his bike for last Sunday’s Etape 81 mile cycle event. John completed the testing, hilly course through the wind and rain in 5 hours 11 minutes, 33 minutes faster than his 2012 effort.

 

There was an encouraging turn out of young athletes at last Sunday’s Petrofec League at Caird Park, Dundee, supported by a large number of parents. 

Kirkcaldy under 14 athlete Adam Scott was an emphatic winner over 800m timed at 2 minutes 16 seconds eleven seconds clear of the opposition. Tayport athlete Struan Christie celebrated double victory winning the 80m hurdles (13.5) and the 200m (26.5). Calum Mitchell, Kirkcaldy clocked a fine 24.7 seconds in the under 18’s 200m placing second.

In the girls events there were under 12’s wins for Charlie Webster (150m/27.20) and Abbie Brierley (long jump/2.71m). Abby Coutt won the under14 girls 80m sprint in 13.8 seconds while over 800m Abby Steggles placed 2nd (2:40.1) and Louise McCullagh won the B race (2:45.2).

The under 16 Girls section produced second places for Katy Aitken (800m/2:38.5) and Sarah Paterson (800m B/2:48.3). Isobel Simpson, Newport, won the 200m B race with a commendable 27.9 seconds. Laura Gibson’s senior women’s 800m also netted 2nd place points timed at 2 minutes 32.3 seconds.

Team Results: 1 Aberdeen AAC 697, 2 Arbroath & Dist. 630, 3 Banchory & Stonehaven 530, 4 Dundee Hawkhill 501, 5 Perth Strathtay H. 428, 6 Fife AC 349, 7 Montrose & Dist. 292, 8 Ellon 140.

 

Fife young athletes won three of the six Scottish Junior Hill Running titles on offer last Saturday at Ben Lomond.

Logan Rees, Crail, retained his under 17 boy’s title while younger brother Tristan claimed his first ever Scottish title winning the under 15 boy’s championship. Ailsa Cruickshanks, Lundin Links, claimed the under 17 girl’s title with Ana Brocklebank taking the individual bronze medal.

Over 40 veteran Mark Harris led home the Fife contingent over the full senior Ben Lomond course placing 5th out of 115 finishers.

Results: Ben Lomond Hill Race. 7.5mile/3192ft. 1 D Tullie (Unatt.) 68.29, 2 K Richmond (Shettleston) 1st veteran. 71.36, 3 C Hutchinson (HBT) 71.54, 4 C Harvey (Squadra Porcini) 2nd veteran. 72.58, 5 Mark Harris 3rd veteran. 73.19…27 Dan Clark 1:26.31, 30 Dave Cowan 1:27.15, 48 Clive Roberts 1:32.03, 50 Roger Rees 1:32.31, 64 Simon Fox 1:37.10, 82 Mike Cumming 1:42.17, 86 Ben McLeod 1:43.41, 91 Neil Mitchell 1:45.26, 95 Nigel Fowler 1:47.49, 104 Janet McWhinnie 11th female 1:57.02, 

Women. 1 D Baum (Lochaber) 88.21, 2 A Finlay (Ochil HR) 90.33, 3 L Gamble (HBT) 93.01.

Ben Lomond Junior Hill Races (including Scottish Junior Championship). Under 20. 1 W Jackson (Helm Hill) 29.37, 2 J Adkin (Moorfoot) 29.48, 3 A Lawler (Law & Dist.) 30.36. Under 17. 1 Logan Rees (Fife AC) 19.31, 2 A Chepelin (Cosmic HB) 19.51, 3 A Coupar (East Sutherland) 20.29…6 Ryan Brocklebank 22.45, 9 Ronan McInstray 23.32, 10 Sam Fernando 25.1. Under 15. 1 Tristan Rees (Fife AC) 13.05, 2 L Forsyth (Strathearn) 13.45, 3 A MacInnes (Strathearn) 16.41.

Girls. Under 20. 1 C Graves (Garscube) 22.30, 2 F Brown (Garscube) 25.29. Under 17. 1 Ailsa Cruickshanks (Fife AC) 25.27, 2 L McLeod (Aberdeen AAC) 26.03, 3 Ana Brocklebank (Fife AC) 27.54.Under 15. 1 L Stark (Kilbarchan) 13.57, 2 M Wallace (Moorfoot) 15.52, 3 C Whitelock (Unatt.) 17.41.

 

Fife AC also piled up the prizes at the Loch Leven Half Marathon with Jez Tomlinson 1st over 50, Colin Mathieson 1st over 60, and George Black 1st over 70. Jez was the first Fife runner home placing 10th overall out of 531 finishers. An encouraging twenty-one Fife AC members completed the race

Results: 1 J Farkas (Unatt.) 71.44, 2 R Houston (Central) 72.57, 3 M Carroll (Perth RR) 1st veteran. 73.57.. 10 Jez Tomlinson 1st over 50. 82.35, 33 Colin Brown 88.39, 40 Calum Harvie 90.16, 51 Colin Mathieson 1st over 60. 92.29, 80 Eddie Sanders 97.10, 89 Keren Macpherson 2nd veteran. 97.53, 101 G Black 1st over 70. 98.53, 103 John McKean 98.57, 111 Keith Ferguson 99.44, 113 Grant Laycock 99.58, 173 Ian Ritchie 1:45.13, 183 Margaret Martin 1:46.15. 4th over 50, 241 Derek Adamson 1:50.19, 284 John Keenlyside 1:53.31, 299 Ally McAdam-Smith 1:54.32, 415 Wendy Ritchie 2:05.54, 418 Rosemary Lee 2:07.05, 425 Ian Sanders 2:07.33, 428 Sandra Mitchell 2:07.59, 429 Val Herkes 2:07.59, 460 Harry Adamson 2:13.49, 512 Bob Stark 2:26.40.

Women. 1 J MacLean (EAC) 79.54, 2 C McArthur (Shettleston) 83.38, 3 J Gordon (Kinross RR) 87.27.

 

Amongst the tens of thousands, Anne McFarlane placed 1222nd at the BUPA Glasgow Women’s 10km in 57 minutes 26 seconds. Sandra Mitchell 4851 (71.20), Wendy Ritchie 4852 (71.19) and Val Herkes 4855 (71.19) followed up their Strathkinness/Blebocraigs and Loch Leven Half Marathon to complete their third race in five days. Susan Bayne finished 4215 (73.47) and Hilary Ritchie 4217 (73.50).

 

Under 20 junior Zach Delaney finished a clear winner of the Strathkinness/Blebocraigs Race, the second counting event in the Fife Mid-Week Summer Series last Wednesday.

Zach forged ahead up the steep climb following the 1.5 mile marker to complete the 4.5 mile multi-terrain circuit in 25 minutes 32 seconds with Fife over 40 veteran Steve Clark coming through into second place – 26.04.

Kirsti Sharratt placed 28th overall to finish leading lady ahead of Sophie Mullins 31st, who was returning to competition after a 20 month absence due to illness.

The third race in the series is the 5.5 mile Hill of Tarvit Race from Ceres on Wed. 5th June.

Leading Results: 1 Z Delaney (Fife AC) 1st junior. 25.32, 2 S Clark (Fife AC) 1st veteran. 26.04, 3 E Paton (Fife AC) 2nd junior. 26.27, 4 B Gibson (Dundee Hawkhill) 27.14, 5 K Whiteford (Peebles RC) 2nd veteran. 27.31, 6 D Clarke (Fife AC) 27.32, 7 T Mitchell (Fife AC) 1st over 50. 27.40, 8 S Lobdell (St Andrews Univ. / Fife AC) 3rd junior. 27.54, 9 B Cruickshank (Fife AC) 3rd veteran. 28.04…15 K Anthony (Fife AC) 2nd over 50. 28.30, 16 T Martin (Fife AC) 1st over 60. 28.58….88 B Stark (Fife AC) 1st over 70. 49.57.

Women. 1 K Sharratt (Fife AC) 1st veteran. 30.52, 2 S Mullins (Fife AC) 31.31, 3 K Taylor (St Andrews Univ.) 1st junior. 31.44, 4 I Morledge (St Andrews Univ.) 2nd junior. 31.57, 5 K Macpherson (Fife AC) 2nd veteran. 32.03…9 H Ritchie (Fife AC) 1st over 50. 33.05, 10 A Cruickshanks (Anster Haddies) 3rd junior. 33.10.

Results: St Andrews Parkrun 5km, Craigtoun Park. 1 N Brew (Unatt.) 18.21, 2 B Cruickshank (Fife AC) 1st veteran. 18.28, 3 R Shore (Unatt.) 18.57…5 C Dunnett (Unatt.) 1st junior. 18.51, 8 P Gibbins (Unatt.) 1st over 50. 21.15, 17 D L Scott (Lothian RC) 1st over 60. 23.31, 

Women. 1 M Rennet (Fife AC) 1st over 50. 22.41, 2 S Lumsden (Unatt.) 23.37, 3 A Hedley (Unatt.) 1st junior. 25.09, 4 S Whisler (Fife AC) 2nd over 50. 26.16.

Aberdeen Parkrun 5km. 1 B Hukins (RH Cambuslang) 1 M Davie (Forres) 19.08, 2 J Cruickshanks (Fife AC) 1st junior. 20.40.

Graham Bennison