Big Smiles at Falkland Hill Trail Race
Fife runners enjoy another 'real race'
Judging by the race photographs, not even the strong westerly wind at the top of the hill could blow the smiles off the faces of runners delighted to get stuck back into ‘real racing’ at this year's Falkland Hill Trail race.
73 runners finished Saturday's event, which was limited to just 115 entries.
The 2020 edition of the race followed the same revised route as last year, taking in the beautiful trails and paths of Falkland Estate and a climb up to the 448 metre summit of Falkland Hill (also known as ‘East Lomond’, and one of the two prominent ‘Paps of Fife’).
Organisers Falkland Trail Runners changed the route in 2019 to ‘broaden the appeal of this iconic race to encourage more runners, but still ensure that it is a required event for hill runners’.
The ‘new’ route, although over a mile longer at 3.74 miles, features a much ‘kinder’ ascent and is considered more runnable, making it appeal to a wider range of runners.
The 2020 Falkland Hill Trail Race was won by Stuart Paterson of Carnegie Harriers (27.27), who finished over a minute ahead of second-place Andrew Wright (PH Racing Club, 28.49). Chris Russell of host club Falkland Trail Runners took third (30.32).
Veterans took the top two spots on the women’s podium, with Julie Menzies of PH Racing Club finishing inside the top 15 overall (35.02) to take the women’s prize. She was followed by Falkland Trail Runners’ Susanne Lumsden (35.27) and Nikki Gibson (Edinburgh AC, 36.16).
Image courtesy: Pete Bracegirdle