On Sunday seventeen PH Racing Club athletes took to the trails around Falkland Estate for the Fife AC Festival of Trail Running, once again incorporating the Scottish Athletics Mid-Trail Championships. There were a number of Scottish Athletics medal winning performances.
First in action was junior member Aaron Bennet who took on the 5k course of the under 15 race before the senior men’s and women’s race. This was run over a tough route just short of 10k that was familiar to those who completed this summer’s Tour of Fife.
In form Daniel Monaghan was first home for PH in a superb time of 36:48 which placed him 14th in a top class field including a number of internationals. Not far behind was Colin Somerville, 19th in 38:21. Willie Rennie and Stuart Tite were the other two counters for the PH team that secured Bronze medals. Rennie’s time of 39:16 also gave him a Bronze in the V50 category. Wright Beveridge and John Cassells enjoyed a tussle throughout the race with Beveridge eventually coming out on top with a time of 39:37, 14 seconds ahead of Cassells.
Meanwhile in the ladies race Kristin Lownie was also in excellent form finishing as second female overall to win an individual Scottish Athletics silver medal in a time of 40:26. Team mates Alison Whyte and Robyn Morrocco also finished in the top 20 with Alison missing out on a category medal by a single place.
There were however category medals for John Crookston and Ian Johnston whose times of 42:33 and 43:59 won V60 Silver and Bronze respectively.
Thanks to Ron Morrison and the team from Fife AC for organising and to Allen Marr for providing photographs.
Earlier at Pitreavie Stadium in Dunfermline Allen Marr was the winner of the annual David Candlish Memorial Mile. This event is run as a handicap with each runner completing the full mile distance. Allen’s time was 6:07.49 including his 30 second handicap. PH’s Graham McInnes finished second to also make the podium. Well done to both.