LOCKDOWN isn't getting members of Pitreavie AAC down as they continue to take on a new, social competition distance.

Last week, we reported that the club – together with PH Racing Club – had competed in the second of a series of virtual challenges set by Scottish Athletics, in which they were to run as far as they could in 15 minutes.

Prior to that, over the Easter weekend, Pitreavie athletes took part in another of those, the Tru Wealth Virtual Relay.

Held while following social distancing guidelines, the event saw more than 1,100 runners take part as they ran 'together apart' in their home towns.

Running in virtual teams of either six (seniors) or four (masters), equal numbers in each team ran either 10 kilometres or 5km, before submitting their times online to Scottish Athletics, who based the final team rankings based on the shortest collective efforts.

The senior women's six-stage relay, held over 3x5km and 3x10km legs, saw Pitreavie place 17th in a time of three hours, 31 minutes and 15 seconds.

That time, which saw them finish ahead of Kinross Road Runners (3:33.00), was led by Susanne Gray in the 5km, who posted a quick time of 20:47.

She was followed by Leona Doherty (22:14) and Morna Fleming (24:44) before Kirstyn Suttie, in the 10km leg, was first home for Pitreavie in 43:37, with Lauren Gordon (48:13) and Gillian Philip (51:40) close behind.

The men's seniors were 24th, with a combined running time of 2:51.25. Craig Chisholm ran a storming 5km in 19:10, while John Cotton was just one second behind. Neil Maclachlan also performed strongly, clocking 19:48, while Cam Warner (36:02), David Henderson (37:47), and Graeme Downie (39:27), completed the 10km leg.

In the four-stage masters event, Pitreavie's women placed eighth, clocking a combined time of 2:48.46.

After a solid 24:44 5km by Morna Fleming, followed by Kym McCulloch's time of 25:48, strong runs of 53:33 and 1:04.41 over 10km by Pamela Patterson and Debbie Cooper completed the team's excellent finish.

In the men's event, there was also a top-10 finish for Pitreavie, with a time of 2:10.37. Tim Compston and Tom Sludden, both in 20:30, led their efforts in the 5km, which were added to over the double distance by Keith Vandermotten (42:10) and Iain Howatt (45:12).

Meanwhile, the club continues to run fitness sessions virtually for both members and non-members, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Led by club president and coach Paul Allan, and daughter Faye, they take place at 7pm and last around 45 minutes on the Pitreavie AAC Facebook page.