It was a game of two laps in the second 2 mile and sixth and final race of the Ravenscraig Park 2009 Series, with both the Male and Female events ending up as two horse races.
The runners set off on the first lap with Fife’s Steve Reid (MS) and Mark Buchan (MU20) pulling well clear. Both completed the first mile together in 5:17, followed by Iain Taylor in 5:45 and Robert Milton in 5:51. Coming out of the trees on lap two, with 250m remaining, Reid had a five meter advantage over Buchan and pulled slightly away over the remaining 50 meters to come home and take his first Series win in 10:57. Buchan finished in second place, five seconds adrift, in 11:02. Carnegie Harrier, Iain Taylor (MV40) came home in third position in 11:41, also taking first Male Vet prize. Fellow Carnegie Harrier Robert Milton earned second Male Vet in 11:58. First Male Super Vet went to Fife’s Jim Close (MV50) with 14:03, whilst first MV60 was Fife’s Alistair Robertson in 17:01.
Third placed Iain Taylor told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE "It was a superb event. Excellent organisation asalways by Fife AC. It's a fast course with a few gentle undulations and is certainly a race I would recommend toothers. I was pleased with my own run clocking 5.45 for the opening mile and 5.56 for the second."
In the Women’s Race teenagers Jennifer Cruickshanks (FU17) of Anster Haddies and Fife’s Kerry Gibson (FU15) pulled clear of Lasswade’s Lorna Rice (FS) on lap one. Cruickshanks completing the first mile in 6:28, with Gibson hot on her heels in 6:31. Rice followed in third place with a time 6:47. On lap two, coming down the home straight, Cruickshanks managed to increase her lead by six seconds to nine seconds overall to take her first Senior Series win in a time of 13:27. Youngster Gibson followed in 13:36 to take second spot and Rice earned third prize in 13:56. First FV35 went to another member of the Cruickshanks family, mum Pamela in 13:59, rounding off a good night for the family was Fiona Cruickshanks who finished second FU20 to add to the family silverware.
Third placed Lorna Rice told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE "This two lap course was suprisingly tiring, maybe that's just because I'm not race fit. My race was made more interesting by being quite evenly matched with Pamela Cruikshank and the sprint finish that ensued for third place at the end, which I just shaded. Nice trophies for category winners and placers finished off a pleasant way to spend an evening at the end of August."
With one non-finisher, Fife’s Alistair Robertson (MV65) closed the race, finishing nineteenth in a time of 17:01.