Congratulations to Tristan Rees and Robert Sparks on their selection for the Scotland teams at the London Mini Marathon.

Anna Dalglish won the S1 category at the Dundee Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Four Fife AC athletes finished in the top eight women at the Alloa Half Marathon, led by Sheena Logan (4th) in 1:21:32.

Robert Sparks and Craig Morris placed 1st and 2nd at St Andrews Parkrun, both recording course PBs, in 16:51 and 17:47 respectively.

A number of club members completed the Stramilano Half Marathon, led by Colin Brown in 1:31:36.

Dougie Selman (Corstorphine AAC) won the Cupar 5 in 24:37, followed by Stuart Gibson (Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers) and Bryan Mackie (Edinburgh AC). Annabel Simpson (Fife AC) was first woman in 28:27, breaking the FU20 record by over two minutes. Sheena Logan (Fife AC) and Jennifer Spence (Fife AC) followed. The age group winners were:

  • FU20: Ailsa Cruickshanks (Fife AC) 32:31
  • MU20: Harvey Rankin (Falkland Trail Runners) 28:02
  • FV40: Karen Kennedy (Carnegie Harriers) 30:48
  • MV40: Frank McGowan (Ron Hill Cambuslang Harriers) 27:17
  • FV50: Margaret Martin (Fife AC) 36:54
  • MV50: Jeff Farquhar (Pitreavie AAC) 29:26
  • FV60:Innes Bracegirdle (Fife AC) 36:33
  • MV60: Tony Martin (Falkland Trail Runners) 30:23
  • MV70: George Black (Fife AC) 38:12
Female Winner and New U20 Course Record Holder Annabel Simpson © Graham Bennison 2016

Keith Taylor, Hendrik & Rhona Van Rensburg, Hilary Ritchie and Derek Adamson completed the Inverness Half Marathon. Keith was first Fife AC finisher in 1:20:34, and Hilary was 2nd FV50 in 1:36:05.

Louise Burt, Keren MacPherson and Moira Grainger completed the Haworth Hobble. Louise was 2nd FV50 in 5:57:31.

One of the biggest events in the athletics calendar in Scotland, the National Cross Country Championships, returned to Callendar Park in Falkirk on Saturday 27th February. It was the most successful championships for Fife AC in recent years, with the club bringing home three gold medals, a silver medal and two bronze medals. 

The two individual gold medals came courtesy of talented juniors Tristan Rees and Stephanie Pennycook. The tough, hilly course suited hill runner Tristan, who took the U17 men’s title in impressive style. Tristan cruised home in 22.59, a whole 20 seconds ahead of silver medallist Sol Sweeney of Perth Strathtay Harriers.

Tristan Rees © Bobby Gavin 2016

Stephanie won her first ever national cross country title, winning the U20 women’s race by almost 30 seconds from silver medallist Louise Mercer of Edinburgh University Hares and Hounds. Club mate Annabel Simpson, fresh from her silver medal in the 3000m at last week’s British Universities Indoor Championships, also ran well to claim the bronze medal. Along with Ailsa Cruickshanks in 16th place, the girls were also rewarded for their strong runs with a well-deserved team gold.

Stephanie Pennycook © Bobby Gavin 2016

Scottish Inter District Champion Roberts Sparks was the silver medallist in the U15 boys’ race. The race was one of the most closely contested of the day, with Robert battling out with Lewis Pentecost of Falkirk Victoria Harriers over the last 400m. A flat out sprint for the finish line saw the local athlete prevail, winning by a mere stride in 14.13 compared to Robert’s 14.14. 

Scottish Inter District Champion and East District Cross Country Champion Anna Hedley was unlucky to just miss out on a medal, running well to place an excellent fourth in the U13 girls’ race. 

Other notable individual performances included George Rees who placed 8th in the U17 boys’ race, Ben Sandilands who placed 13th in the U13 boys’ race, Angela Richardson who placed an excellent 8th in a strong senior women’s race and Helen Sharpe who placed 16th in the senior women’s race. Along with club mates Halina Rees and Jennifer Spence, Angela and Helen also picked up a team bronze.  Steve Clark was the club's first Senior Man, placing 125th.

Jenny Tan

Fife AC juniors Layla Zuill and Ellie Eboji were in action at the Scottish Indoor Age Group Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.  Layla placed 4th in 28.53 in a strong U13 girls’ 200m final, which saw the Championship Best being broken by visiting English athlete Mia Morrisroe of Liverpool Harriers. Earlier on the same day Layla had also destroyed her previous personal best and jumped to third in the Scottish U13 200m rankings for 2016 when placing second in her semi-final in an excellent 28.01. Ellie ended the day with two excellent personal bests in the 60m and the 200m. She placed 5th in the U13 girls’ 60m semi-final in 8.84 and 3rd in the U13 girls’ 200m semi-final in 28.31. In the latter event, she was unlucky to miss a spot in a high quality final by just one place and one tenth of a second. 

At the Smokies Women’s 10 Mile Road Race in Arbroath, Fife AC had three women in the top 15 out of nearly 300 runners. Katie Jones was the club’s top finisher, placing second in 1.03.54 behind Joanna Murphy of Carnegie Harriers. Keren McPherson was 5th in 1.08.36 and Hilary Ritchie was 14th in 1.12.38. Together, they were second team behind Carnegie Harriers. 

Hilary Ritchie, Katie Jones & Keren McPherson

Jenny Tan

The club’s stand out performance of the weekend came courtesy of Annabel Simpson, who won the silver medal in the 3000m at the British Universities Indoor Championships in Sheffield in only her first year at the event. The first year dental student at the University of Glasgow ran an outright personal best of 9:46.99 and was second only to Commonwealth Games 800m finalist Jessica Judd. 

After a string of strong performances over the winter, Steph Pennycook was selected to represent Scotland at the Armagh International Road Races in Northern Ireland. Steph placed an excellent 14th in a personal best of 9:29.76 in a high quality women’s 3k, which saw an incredible 28 athletes break the 10 minute barrier. Along with her Scotland team mates Sarah Inglis, Laura Whittle and Beth Potter, Steph also picked up the team gold. 

The Scottish Indoor Junior Relay Championships took place before the televised Glasgow International Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena. Fife AC’s talented U13 girls’ team placed second in the 4 x 200m behind a strong Edinburgh AC team in an impressive 1:57.95. See also Dan Newman's in-depth report.

Silver-winning Fife AC U13 Girls. L-R: Anna Dalglish, Layla Zuill, Rachel McNab, Ellie Eboji © Robert McNab 2016

Further north, club newcomer Hamish Battle was 4th at the Kinloss to Lossiemouth Half Marathon, running a huge personal best of 1:15:12. Keith Taylor also excelled, placing 8th overall, 2nd MV40, in the Devilla Forest 15K in 1:00:33.

Jenny Tan