The Scottish middle distance rankings for 2013 came in for some encouraging revision at the Glasgow Milers Meeting at Scotstoun last Friday producing some lead times over 1500m.

Ross Matheson (Lasswade) won the 1500m A race in 3 minutes 48.03 seconds outsprinting Andrew Butchart (Central) - 3:49.36. Fife under 20 junior Bruce Millar placed 7th shaving a whole five seconds from his best recording his first ever sub 4 minute time at 3 minutes 56.35 seconds.

Competing as one of the youngest athletes against older opposition, East of Scotland Under 14 boy’s 800m/1500m champion Adam Scott placed 12th in the D race just shading inside his previous best time with 4:25.53, topping the Scottish under 14 rankings.

Annabel Simpson placed 6th in the 1500m F race in 4:58.96 with Louise McCullagh 12th in the G race – 5:20.81.

 

The junior Mini Tour of Fife concluded the final event of the 5-race series at Kingsbarns last Friday.

A hectic week of five races in five days saw a record 107 young athletes complete all five events – West Sands beach race, East Lomond Hill Race, Balmullo Trail Race, Hill of Tarvit estate time trial and Kingsbarns race. The 2.1km time trial saw the highest attendance of 147 runners.

The Usain Bolt Sprinting Award for the fastest finishes of the week went to Lauran Tyson while the most Improved Tourist award was won by Aiden Preston. Blood, Sweat but No Tears Awards went to Tristram Stockwell and Daniel Campbell-Rodger who carried on regardless despite adversity ! All one hundred and seven finishers of the week saw their names go into the bag for the plum draw of two mountain bikes won by Ben Black and Annabelle Sey.

The bikes and goody bags could not have been possible but for the generous support of sponsors Keela, House Restaurants, Rhubarb Gifts, Active Fife and Imagin-Badges.

Overall (after 5 races). Under 11. 1 R Van Rensburg, 2 F Sey, 3 J Harris. Girls. 1 A Hedley, 2 I Bell, 3 K Smith. Under 13. 1 G Rees, 2 N van Rensburg, 3 C Morris. Girls. 1 O Cromar, 2 T K Pryde, 3 S Fernando. Under 15. 1 T Rees, 2 R Brocklebank, 3 S Fernando. Girls. 1 A Brocklebank, 2 C Hazel. Under 18. 1 R McInstray. Girls. 1 A Cruickshanks, 2 S Paterson, 3 S Sweeney.

Full results at http://www.minitour.org.uk and http://www.fifeac.org.uk.

 

Perth Road Runner Greig Simpson won the Milnathort Dash last Thursday covering the undulating 5.3 course in 30 minutes 07 seconds.

The traditional sprint up North Street over the opening half mile saw the King of the Hill prize go to eventual runner-up Zach Delaney who finished just nine seconds adrift of the Perth athlete. Scott Cassidy followed home in third another two seconds back and with Ian Hawkins 24th Fife AC retained their team title.

Amie McKimmie placed 20th overall, a clear female winner timed at 34 minutes 54 seconds with over 40 veteran Jacqui Higginbottom (Carnethy HR) the runner-up in 35 minutes 40 seconds. Sophie Mullins placed 4th while Jennifer Kibble took the Queen of the Hill prize eventually placing 9th female as well as sharing in the women’s team award retained by Fife AC.

Results: 1 G Simpson (Perth Road Runners) 30.07, 2 Z Delaney (Fife AC) 1st junior. 30.16, 3 S Cassidy (Fife AC) 30.18, 4 D Bellfield (Pitreavie) 30.39, 5 A Laycock (Kinross RR) 1st veteran. 31.29, 6 E Jack (Central) 2nd veteran. 32.09….19 Amie McKimmie 34.50, 23 Ian Hawkins 35.08, 32 Sophie Mullins 36.38, 45 Jennifer Kibble 37.64, 50 Brian R Smith 38.21, 54 Donald Lothian 38.48, 59 Grant Laycock, 68 Margaret Martin 40.35, 74 John Keenlyside 41.14, 121 Harry Adamson 52.24, 128 Bob Stark 58.13. Teams. 1 Fife AC 29, 2 Kinross RR 33, 3 Perth RR 37.

Leading Women. 1 A McKimmie (Fife AC) 34.54, 2 J Higginbottom (Carnethy HR) 1st veteran. 35.40, 3 S Gray (Pitreavie) 36.21, 4 S Mullins (Fife AC) 36.38, 5 C Douglas (Perth RR) 2nd veteran. 36.53, 6 H Porter (Kinross RR) 37.02…9 J Kibble (Fife AC) 37.46, 13 M Martin (Fife AC) 1st over 50. 40.35. Teams. 1 Fife AC 14, 2 Perth RR 20, 3 Pitreavie 36.

King of the Hill Prize. Z Delaney. Female. J Kibble.

 

A hectic weekend witnessed performances at both ends of the athletics spectrum. Bob Allison placed 62nd out of the 149 finishers covering the 95 mile West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William in 23 hours 40 minutes 51 seconds. 76-year old John McNally completed the Highland Cross from Morvick to Beauly in 6 hours 07 minutes 08 seconds – a 20 mile mountain run followed by 30 miles on the bike in appalling freezing, wet conditions. Adrian Allan placed a fine 21st in 4:05.00.

Three athletes attended the Youth Development League at Aberdeen where Under 15 athlete Struan Christine finished 2nd over 100m in a personal best 12.52 seconds as well as reaching a personal best 1.45m in the high jump and 4th place in the long jump (4.72m). Cian Young placed 1st in the 100m B race (12.72) and 3rd in the 200m A race (25.91). Call McLeod placed 3rd in the 200m B (28.18) and 3rd in the 80m Hurdles A (15.68). All the boys results were pb’s !!

 

Sophie Mullins followed up her Milnathort run with a rain soaked run down at Gateshead at the great North 10km Road Race. Sophie placed 203rd overall/14th female in 42 minutes 52 seconds.

Also last Sunday Zach Delaney followed up his Milnathort second place with another second at the Glenrothes 10km. Del Rae (Anster Haddies) won in 34 minutes 27 seconds followed by Zach’s 34.39. Steve Clark placed 4th (35.20) taking the over 40 veteran award. Fife under 20 junior Ewan Paton finished 9th (37.12) while Colin Brown made the top 12 placing 12th (37.25).

Amie McKimmie celebrated her second female win in four days finished 26th overall timed at 39 minutes 59 seconds while Fiona Bracegirdle placed 4th (40.50). Under 20 athlete Jennifer Cruickshanks completed the 10km in 56th place (44.34) before dashing off to contest the Falkland hill race, two races within four hours !

752 runners completed the 4.3 mile Black Race from Kinghorn last Friday where Euan Berry finished 36th/2nd junior in 27 minutes 15 seconds with Jamie Ferguson 55th/3rd junior – 28.09. Katie Aitken won the first female junior award (32.56) with Abbie Steggles 2nd junior (34.07).

Results: 1 D Cummins (Corstorphine) 22.48, 2 R Houston (Central) 22.52, 3 N Renault (Edinburgh AC) 23.11, 4 L Millar (Central) 23.28, 5 M Wright (Central) 23.40, 6 D Naylor (HBT) 1st veteran. 23.45….36 Euan Berry 2nd junior. 27.15, 55 Jamie Ferguson 3rd junior. 28.09, 74 M Caldwell (Corstorphine) 1st over 60 31.57. 93 Stuart Aitken 29.26, 132 Ian Aitken 31.03, 164 Ben Kinnimonth 31.49, 166 Keith Ferguson 166, 167 John McKean 31.53, 170 Mike Cumming 31.56, 207 Brian R Smith 32.44, 224 Katy Aitken 32.56, 274 Abbie Steggles 34.07, 287 Janet McWhinnie 34.22, 288 Grant Laycock 34.25, 357 David Shepherd 35.54, 362 Ron Crabb 35.59, 513 Dick Westwater 39.52, 579 Alan McLeod 41.53, 589 Kenneth McLeod 42.18, 655 Kay MacDonald 45.04.

Leading Women. 1 J Emsley (Central) 26.27, 2 J MacLean (EAC) 26.38, 3 L Morrison (Central) 27.06, 4 M Murphy (EAC) 27.22, 5 V Bailie (EAC) 28.28, 6 H Bateson (Unatt.) 29.35. Over 50. I Burnett (Carnegie) 31.40. Juniors. 1 K Aitken (Fife AC) 32.56, 2 A Steggles (Fife AC) 34.07.

 

Meanwhile last Sunday Logan Rees headed the field at the Falkland Hill Race up the East Lomond covering the 2 mile course with its 1,200ft climb in 21 minutes 24 seconds. Mini Tourist Tristan Rees completed his sixth race in seven days placing second in 21.26 wuth George Rees in 9th completing a family treble (23.19).

Other placings: 17 Ronan McInstray 24.40, 18 Fergus Ingledew 25.07, 31 Sam Fernando 27.09, 35 Hilary Ritchie 27.34, 36 Craig Morris 27.36, 38 Vincent McPherson 27.50, 40 John Mckean 28.03, 56 Ailsa Cruickshanks 30.16, 58 Jennifer Cruickshank 30.35, 71 Stewart Davidson 33.38, 78 Rosemary Lee 35.40, 84 John Scott 41.18.

 

Twenty-four hours earlier Scott Cassidy claimed third place at the Largo Law Challenge covering the 6.8 miles (965ft) in 47 minutes 12 seconds.

Forres Harrier Kyle Greig was in record breaking form over the out and back course in a course record of 43 minutes 48 seconds. The women’s record also came in for revision as Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy Hill Runners) placed 6th overall in 50 minutes 37 seconds.

Results: 1 K Greig (Forres H.) 43.48 record. 2 B Hukins (Cambuslang) 44.21, 3 S Cassidy (Fife AC) 47.12, 4 J Knox (Anster Haddies) 1st veteran. 48.34, 5 G Nash (Carnethy HR) 2nd veteran. 49.33, C Upson (Westerlands) 3rd veteran. 50.33….9 M Dean (Ochil HR) 1st over 50. 52.00, 20 Calum Harvie 59.11, 24 Neil Mitchell 59.43, 27 Eddie Sanders 1st over 60. 60.40, 33 Brian R Smith 62.31, 45 Stewart Davidson 71.50, 47 Rosemary Lee 77.44, 48 Wendy Ritchie 79.08, 50 John Scott 86.43, 53 Alastair Robertson 104.44.

Leading Women. 1 C Morgan (Carnethy) 50.37 record, 2 M Davie (Forres) 54.47, 3 S Provan (Deeside R.) 57.17, 4 K Martin (Unatt.) 64.59.

Results: Beveridge Park 5km, Kirkcaldy. 1 M Fullerton (Portobello) 17.33, 2 M Mitchell (Fife AC) 19.20, 3 G Pryde (Lomond HR) 19.47, 4 S Grieshaber (Perth RR) 20.15. Women. 1 M Dawson (Unatt.) 26.19.

 

St Andrews Parkrun 5km, Craigtoun Park. 1 B Cruickshank (Fife AC) 18.13, 2 B Thomson (Fife AC) 18.23, 3 D Adam (Dundee Hawkhill) 18.32 – all over 40 veterans. 4 T Martin (Fife AC) 1st over 60. 20.01. Women. 1 M Rennet (Fife AC over 50.) 22.18, 2 G Tivendale (Unatt.) 1st veteran. 22.51, 3 A Hedley (Unatt.) 1st junior. 23.44….23 M Mitchell (Fife AC) 1st over 60. 31.31.

Aberdeen Parkrun 5km. 1 A Chepelin (Cosmic HB) 17.25….4 S Milne (Fife AC) 18.32. Women. 1 C McNeil (Aberdeen) 19.59.

Graham Bennison