Kirkcaldy junior Drew Davidson (Left) and Kirkcaldy veteran Colin Brown off to a lightning start at the Beveridge Park Boxing Day Handicap

Kirkcaldy junior Drew Davidson (Left) and Kirkcaldy veteran Colin Brown off to a lightning start at the Beveridge Park Boxing Day Handicap

Competitors in Scotland’s biggest hill race will be going in a completely different direction when Fife AC host the Devil's Burdens Hill Relay on Saturday 9th February.

The popular event over the Lomond Hills has grown over the past ten years to see fields of over 600 athletes testing themselves over the four-stage race with two of the stages contested by paired runners.

Next February’s race sees an about face as the 20 mile route will be reversed with a single runner tackling the opening stage from the Falkland estate duck pond through Falkland Forest to Strathmiglo before paired runners battle the gruelling second stage over the West Lomond to Scotlandwell. A lone runner covers the penultimate stage from Scotlandwell to Holl Reservoir with paired athletes taking over for the final stage over the East Lomond to the finish at Falkland factory.

Fife AC athletes feature strongly in the East of Scotland line-up for this Saturday’s Scottish Inter-District Cross-Country Championships at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. The Inter-District races feature on the televised Great Edinburgh Cross-Country programme featuring top international athletes. East under 13 champion Adam Scott, Kirkcaldy, and George Rees, Crail, represent the under 13’s team while Logan Rees represents the under 17 East squad. Jamie Ingledew, Camreon, represents East under 15’s.

Ana Brocklebank, Crail, features in the East under 15 girl’s team alongside Ailsa Cruickshanks, Lundin Links. Helen Sharpe returns from her Amsterdam work-base for the senior women’s team while Amie McKimmie also in the women’s team celebrates her first representative honours.

8-year old Harris Stewart won Fife AC’s Boxing Day handicap run at Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy ahead of a field of 74 finishers. The Dunnikier Primary School pupil completed the 1.33 mile road circuit in 11 minutes 51 seconds seventeen seconds of Cupar Fife AC junior Liam Wyse.

Scottish junior internationalist Bruce Millar, Kirkcaldy, posted the fastest time of the day at 7 minutes 05 seconds while former GB 1500m internationalist Hayley Ovens (Edinburgh AC) was the fastest female timed at 7 minutes 42 seconds.

Leading results: Actual time in brackets. 1 Harris Stewart (Unatt.) 11.51 (11.51), 2 Liam Wyse (Fife AC) 12.08 (11.08), 3 Gary Barker (Fife AC) 12.09 (12.09), 4 Cara Thomson (Unatt.) 12.20 (12.20), 5 Ann Smith (Unatt.) 12.21 (11.21), 6 Ross Wyse (Fife AC) 12.31 (11.31),, 7 Ben Cowan (Fife AC) 12.49 (12.49), 8 Katie Sandilands (Unatt.) 13.40 (13.40), 9 Jake Sandilands (Unatt.) 14.36 (14.36), 10 Holly Ovens (Unatt.) 14.46 (14.46).

Fastest: Bruce Millar (Fife AC junior) 17.05 (7.05), David Bellfield (Pitreavie) 17.14 (7.14), John Thomson (Fife AC over 50) 17.21 (7.21), Dave Adam (Dundee Hawkhill veteran) 16.58 (7.28). Women. Hayley Ovens (EAC) 16.52 (7.42), Lorraine Brown (Fife AC veteran) 17.16 (8.16), Katrin Lamont (Unatt.) 17.08 (9.08), Katie Aitken (Fife AC junior) 17.23 (9.13).

Another 70 runners gathered for Fife AC’s Craigtoun Park Boxing Day handicap at St Andrews where over 40 veteran Chris Russell came through the field timed at 10 minutes 40 seconds for the two mile circuit. Hunters Bog Trotter Louise Provan received the president’s Steak Pie as the leading lady.

Leading results: (all Fife AC). 1 mile lap: 1 Sam Thomson .7.10, 2 Eilidh Smythe 7.15, 3 Alixe Phillips 7.16. 2 miles. 1 Chris Russell 10:40, 2 Brian Thomson 10:46, 3 Jamie Ingledew 10:52.

Prolific racer Brian R Smith, Glenrothes, celebrated his 99th race of 2012 last Saturday morning contesting the Edinburgh Parkrun at Cramond/Silverknowes before reaching 100 races a couple of hours later at East Lothian Orienteers Festive Frolic.

Results: Camperdown Parkrun 5km. 1 C MacDonald (Unatt.) 1st junior. 22.14, 2 N Connolly (Unatt.) 1st veteran. 22.17, 3 M Forbes (Unatt.) 22.23…9 A McLeod (Fife AC) 1st over 60. 24.40. 

Women. 1 M Adamson (Unatt) 1st junior. 23.11, 2 S Winter (Dundee RR) 24.13, 3 C Webster (Unatt.) 25.01.

St Andrews Parkrun 5km, Craigtoun Park. 1 M van der Hoeven (Highgate H.) 17.53, 2 Brian Cruickshank (Fife AC) 1st veteran. 18.47, 3 M Reilly (Unatt.) 19.43, 4 Simon Fox (Fife AC) 1st over 50. 20.32….9 Ken Morris 1st over 60. 21.36, 12 A Rennet (Unatt.) 1st junior. 22.06.

Women. 1 S Robertson (Shettleston) 1st veteran. 19.35, 2 J Mackay (Unatt.) 22.29, 3 A Hedley (Unatt.) 1st junior. 23.26, 4 R Wallace (Unatt.) 25.28, 5 R Lee (Unatt.) 1st over 50. 26.28, 6 Kerith George-Briant 27.25.

Aberdeen Parkrun 5km. 1 S Henderson (Corsham) 18.04, 2 A Blackhall (Unatt.) 18.12, 3 Stuart Milne (Fife AC) 18.47. Women. 1 R Wolfe (Metro Aberdeen veteran.) 21.28.

The final East Cross-Country League race of the season takes place Saturday 12th January at Broxburn. The under 11’s one mile starts off the programme at 12.30pm. HQ is Broxburn High School. No entry, no registration, just turn-up and wear or collect the Fife AC league number (8).

Graham Bennison