9 Apr

St Andrews start to 2019 Midweek race series

Fife AC club members

Fife AC’s 2019 Midweek Series of races kicks off tomorrow night (Wednesday, 10 April) with the St Andrews 5K.

Made up of five races in total, the popular series is open to all runners, not just club members.

Each of the races presents runners with different challenges. The first event at St Andrews will be held mainly on the flat, grassy playing fields of the University.

After the St Andrews event come Strathkinness-Blebocraigs (1 May), Hill of Tarvit (5 June), Newburgh (17 July) and, finally, the Balmullo Trail Race (8 August).

Prizes for the first three females and males will be awarded on the night of each midweek race. But to speed up proceedings, age group prizes will be worked out later and awarded at the next midweek race.

To be in for a series prize, runners must complete at least four races. To determine the winners, the first female in each race will get 200 points, the second female 199, and so on. The same will apply to males. A runner’s final points total will be the sum of their best four results. 

Series prizes will be awarded to both males and females in a range of age categories (Junior [U20], Senior, V40–49, V50–59, V60–69, V70+), after the final race (at Balmullo). A runner’s age category will be determined by his or her age at the first race of the series – in other words, their age this Wednesday night.

The 2018 series was won outright by the Club’s own Heather Anderson, with four first place finishes and a second, giving her a perfect best-four-out-of-five score of 800. 

First male and second overall was Lewis Rodgers (Loftus and Whitby AC), with three first places and a second, for a total of 799.