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July 2018- December 2018


9th December 2018

The DTFC were well represented at the recent Junior Jingle Bell Run over 1.5km at Pitreavie in a field totalling 61 athletes.

On a cold but dry day Sam Simmons led the DTFC athletes home as he finished in 9th place in 7.25mins. He was followed 13 seconds later by his brother Mack in 11th spot and just to complete a family treble Oscar Simmons came home in 21st place in 8.02mins.

For the girls Ellie Candlish was first for DTFC also netting 1st place in the S1 category whilst her time of 7.46mins saw her finish in 16th place. Also claiming a prize for 1st S6 girl was Ruby Candlish who finished in 24th spot in 8.13mins.

Finishing in the middle of the pack for the girls were Kirstin Penman, Sophie Thomas and Amy Jenkinson with times of 8.25mins,9.27mins and 9.29mins respectively.

There were excellent performances from some of the younger members of the club with Charlotte Thomas, Sophie Jenkinson, Rachel Barnett and Katie Curran competing in for the first time at this distance and all putting in excellent performances and times.


8th December 2018

A handful of DTFC athletes took the long road north to Aberdeen to compete in the East District Cross Country Championships. Amongst some very competitive fields and on one of the toughest courses on the circuit they showed up well and posted some excellent times.

First off in the U13 girls was Ellie Candlish who despite finishing in the bottom half of the field posted an excellent time of 13.37mins for the 3.2km course. The U13 boys race had two competitors from DTFC over the same distance as the girls with David Cuthbert finishing a creditable 39th in a field of 56 with a time of 12.17mins. Mark Harley finished just behind David in a time of 12.53mins.

The U15 races over 4km saw only one DTFC athlete competing and in a very competitive field James Cuthbert posted a very creditable time of 18.12mins.

In the U17 womens section Daisy Cumming produced an excellent time of 21.58mins over the 5.5km course to finish 6th out of 20. Malcolm McLure completed the DTFC representation for the day producing a fine run in the U17 men’s race in a time of 22.0mins.

A hard day for the DTFC athletes but many of them produced decent times amongst some high quality fields.


24th November 2018

The second East of Scotland Cross country League match at Broxburn attracted a good turnout from DTFC athletes over a tough course in cold and wet conditions.
Ruby Candlish was the only DTFC entrant in the 1.4km U11 girls race but raced to a creditable 32nd place in 6.36mins. The U11 boys of Oscar Simmons and Charlie Potter finished comfortably in the middle of the pack with times of 6.22mins and 6.51mins respectively.
There were five DTFC U13 boys in the 2.7km race. Callum Newton clocked 11.08mins finishing in 25th place out of 91 entrants. Ryan Shanley was 42nd in 11.35mins and David Cuthbert 54th in 11.49mins. The other U13 boys were Logan Rand who finished 68th with a time of 12.23mins and Mark Harley in 84th place in a time of 13.11mins.
The U13 girls were led home by Megan Kyle in 34th place out of 62 runners in a time of 12.34mins. Ellie Candlish posted 13.48mins in 48th place and Megan Turnbull 14.31mins in 55th spot.
The U17 women raced over 4.1km where the DTFC duo of Katie Lancaster and Minnie Brocklesby clocked 18.01mins and 19.30mins respectively finishing comfortably in the middle of the pack.
There was only one representative for DTFC in the U15 boys race over 4.1km was Sam Simmons who finished 50th with a time of 18.36mins and in the U17 men’s race over 5.4km Elliot Wilkins finished 32nd with a time of 24.0mins.
The lack of numbers in the first league match last month cost the club in the overall league positions with only the U13 boys and U17 woman’s teams being placed mid table. The last match takes place at Livingston in January and it is hoped the club can make a push to secure a good position in the final league table. 


17th November 2018

The second in the Livingston Cross country series last Saturday saw a number of DTFC athletes competing in tough conditions and very competitive races.

In the girls U13 1.7km race Megan Kyle secured an impressive 6th place out of 23 in 6.44mins with Megan Turnbull 18th in a time of 7.31mins.

In the boys U13 race Mark Harley was 10th out of 15 in 6.35mins.

The U17 women's race over 3.7km contained a very high quality field and saw DTFC athletes Minnie Brocklesby and Lucy Johnson finish 4th and 5th respectively in 15.59mins and 16.19mins out of a field of 7 runners.

Well done to all the DTFC athletes who showed up well in very competitive races.

secured an impressive 6th place out of 23 in 6.44mins with Megan Turnbull 18th in a time of 7.31mins.

In the boys U13 race Mark Harley was 10th out of 15 in 6.35mins.

The U17 women's race over 3.7km contained a very high quality field and saw DTFC athletes Minnie Brocklesby and Lucy Johnson finish 4th and 5th respectively in 15.59mins and 16.19mins out of a field of 7 runners.

Well done to all the DTFC athletes who showed up well in very competitive races.


6 October  2018

In the cross country there were podium finishes for Katie Lancaster in the U17G and Evan Russell in the U15B  who finished second and Malcolm McClure who finished 3rd in the U17B. There was a strong representation from the club in the U13B race with DTFC athletes filling 5 of the top 10 places but David Cuthbert, Mark Harley,Logan Rand,Louie Parsons and Oliver Morrison but just missed out on the medals. James Cuthbert finished a creditable 5th in the U15B event.


18 & 19 August 2018

Over the last two weekends Dunfermline Track & Field Athletes have been in action at the various age grade Scottish Championships.
There were a lot of great efforts across the board in what is the premier competition and highlight of the Scottish Athletics Season.

The championships kicked off with the U17 champs at Grangemouth.
Ellen Ranklin had a superb day finishing 5th in Shotput (10.06m), 6th in discus (26.89m) & 7th in High jump (1m47).
Kieren McDonald coming back from injury managed a creditable 13th in Long Jump (5.04m) and went out in heats of 200m.

The Championships then moved on to Aberdeen where a dedicated band of DTF athletes made the trip north and again did the club proud.
Mya McMahon once again brought home the silverware with a double GOLD medal in U13 High Jump (1.49m) and Long Jump (4.76m), retaining the Scottish titles she won in 2017.
Darcie Black had a great run in the 100m heats and made the semis bowing out in 4th place just outside qualification for final. Darcie also finished 6th (1.32m) in the high jump,
Adom Akuoko was the only U13 boy who made the trip and was rewarded with places in the finals of both the 100m & 200m finishing 5th and 8th respectively.

In the U15 Champs the following day Maia Helm managed 17th in the Long jump but bowed out in the heats of the 800m. Alannah Ewan finished 11th in the Javelin and Jacob Callaghan ran a respectable 2.27 coming 6th in his 800m heat just outside qualifying and managed 7th in the shotput with 8.86m.

These were great performances against the strongest fields that Scotland can muster and the athletes and coaches deserve great credit for their efforts & representing DTF with great attitude, effort and sportsmanship. 


5 August 2018 , Livingston

The annual Livingston Open Combined Events Championship and Open mile attracted a number of DTF athletes to Craigswood last Sunday. 

Megan Kyle led the way at the Open mile finishing 1st U13 girl and this good performance was backed up by the combined events squad who had a very solid competition.
In U13B Oliver Morrison finished 4th, Cameron King 6th and Brook Ferguson 7th out of 13 athletes.
In U13G Mya McMahon took 1st, Darcie Black 5th and Kirstin Penman 9th out of 21 athletes whilst in the U15G Morgan Robertson finished 4th only missing out on a bronze medal by 3 points and in the U17B Brodie Ferguson finished 2nd.
To highlight the gruelling nature of this event we also had a few athletes that DNF through injury / fatigue – it just shows the effort that goes into completing the 5 events in one day.


15 July 2018

Another great representation by Dunfermline from the girls today at the Scottish Combined Events Championships at Grangemouth. 
We had 4 girls in the u13 Pentathlon and 2 in the u15 Pentathlon and 1 in the u17 Heptathlon.

In a very big field of 28 athletes, Mya McMahon once again got into the bling with a silver medal in the U13 competition with a very very good points total of 2722 points.
Darcie Black finished a very creditable 8th position with 1924 points.
Two 1st year U13 shared a barrowload of Pb’s in their 1st pentathlon with Kirstin Penman taking a great 10th place with 1737 points and Ellie Candlish placing 19th with 1445 points.

In the U15 age group Morgan Robertson and Maia Helm had a solid day finishing 12th & 13th respectively with 2098 & 1999 points out of a field of nearly 20 girls.

Finally Ellen Ranklin continued in decent form on day 2 of the U17 Pentathlon finishing in 6th place with 3306 points – but technically 2nd Scot as the only other athlete from Scotland who finished above her was Isla Steel (DTF 2nd claim) in the silver position. This was due to a very big contingent up competeing from England.

Well done to all the athletes on a very successful weekend. 


14 July 2018

Today (Sat) saw the first day of the Scottish combined events Championships. It was the turn of the boys today with 4 DTF athletes competing in the U13 boys competition in their fist ever pentathlon. There was very keen competition between the DTF boys never mind the other competitors with the 4 coming 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th.
Calum Newton led the way in 9th with a storming finish in the 800m lopping 10 secs off his pb coming in at 2.42 and winning his race. He finished with a pentathlon total of 1061 points.

In 10th just behind was Cameron king with 1056 points, 11th was oliver Morrison with 1009 points and Brook Ferguson was 12th with 902 points. This was a very decent result in a big field in their first competition – well done.

On day one of the womens U17 Heptathlon DTF’s Ellen Ranklin is sitting in 3rd place after 4 events just 25 points behind Isla Steel in second but a good few hundred points behind the leader Hannah Barnden the reigning indoor Pentathlon champion from Derby in England. Fingers crossed for the remaining 3 events tomorrow for some silverware. 


8 July 2018

This past weekend saw 2 DTF teams competing in the Scottish National Relay Championships at Grangemouth.
The U13 Girls team of Shayna Asamoah , Katie Marshall, Kirsten Penman & Ellie Candlish did exceptionally well for a 1st year U13 team and came in 5th place – that team will be together to do the business next year !
Also coming in 5th was the U13 boys team in what was exceptionally stiff competition. The team of Adom Akuoko, Cameron King, Oliver Morrison & Brook Ferguson had a great run and all that relay practice paid off.
Well done to the coaches and athletes.

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