Over 700 runners took to the Lomond Hills in Fife for the annual Devils Burdens Hill Relay.

The race which starts and finishes in the picturesque village of Falkland saw Lothian Running Club field two teams, one in the Open competition and one in the Mixed team category. In all a record 123 teams took part.

The race is run over a total distance of 31km and consists of four legs, three hill stages and one trail stage with legs one and three run in pairs.

The club’s Open team had Gerry McCafferty and Scott Nelson on the first 4.4 miles/425m climb and they completed in 1 hour 00 minutes 54 seconds, the duo handed over to Max McNeil for leg two 3.5 miles/237m which he covered in 29 minutes 12 seconds before passing on to the pair of John Malcolm and David Berrill to run the most gruelling leg 6.4 miles/563m which they negotiated in 1 hour 18 minutes 16 seconds.

The final 4.8 miles/217m trail leg was run by the club’s female captain Sarah Inglis who crossed the finish line at the Duck Pond within the Falkland Estate in 29 minutes 15 seconds. This was the fastest time recorded by a female on the final leg.

This placed the team 59th overall and 40th in the Open competition in a total time of 3 hours 17 minutes 37 seconds.

The club’s mixed team finished 90th overall and 4th in the mixed category, leg one Jill Horsburgh and Saran Jones [53m 38s], leg two Robin Morris [38m 02s, leg three Ted Finch and Jim Alexander[1h 36m 45s], leg four Lana Turnbull [37m 06s]. Total 3hours 45 minutes 31 seconds.

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