They're back on the trail in Kirkcaldy
Runners respond to Kirkcaldy Parks Trail 10K with big 'thumbs up’
Race action returned to Kirkcaldy when a big field toed the line for Sunday's (29 August) Kirkcaldy Parks Trail 10K. The event was arranged to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the half marathon that had been launched with great success in 2019.
Organisers were delighted with the response to their 'stop-gap' event with post-race reaction, to what was a testing 10k course, universally positive.
Andy Brown commented: "Great venue for the event, challenging route and so well organised, in advance and on the day. Great to also see so many people applauding to the end, some inspirational people out there."
Andy Paterson reflected the views of many: "Evil and brilliant in equal measure."
The organisers and race marshals were widely praise with lots of runners reporting that the support during the race kept them going particularly on the tough inclines. One marshal, the appropriately-named Sandy Bell, was singled out for praise for his hard work on the cowbells!
The event medals and T-shirt were also given a general thumbs-up.
PH Racing's Mark Webster led the field home in an impressive 42:49. Anster Haddie Colin Mckie was second, 25 seconds in arrears. Amnda Woodrow's hill running back ground held her in good stead and she finished first woman in 45:13 with Linlithgow AC's Lynsey Hay just a minute behind.
Scott McDonald was the mid-point finisher. He 'powered' home inside the hour mark (59:44) and that stat reflects the challenging nature of the course. Veteran Louise Cowan completed the field in 1:41:08 to a great reception. The race saw a huge turnout from local club Kirkcaldy Wizards and a fair sprinkling of Falkland Trail Runners, Leven Las Vegas and Fife AC vests.
Race organiser Dave Morton told runABC Scotland: "Of course we were disappointed not to be staging the half marathon today but we've kept the show on the road (or the trail) and myself and the team are delighted that we were able to sustain the momentum for running in Fife. We can't wait for 2022 and the return of the Kirkcaldy Parks Half Marathon."
Dave continued: "However the success of the trail 10k has encouraged us to look at expanding our event into a wider running festival. More news soon..."
Check out race details and results at the runABC Scotland event listing.