A RETURN to something like normality could soon be on the horizon but youngsters with one West Fife athletics club have stayed on the run 'virtually'.

Members of Dunfermline Track and Field Club, which is based at Pitreavie, took part in the latest online event hosted by Scottish Athletics and posted a number of fine results.

The Tru Wealth Virtual Road Challenge was held over the weekend of March 26-29 and was open to runners of all age groups from under-11s upward.

Dunfermline Track and Field entered teams at that age group, and at under-13 level, and the under-11s performed excellently in a field of 30 runners over a 1.5 kilometre distance.

Poppy Warner, with a time of six minutes and 40 seconds, led the way to finish in joint-ninth place alongside Olivia Law (Inverclyde Athletic Club) and Thea Fraser (Gala Harriers Athletic Club) in the girls' event.

The two boys in the team were just behind Poppy overall, with Jaden MacKay placing third in the boys' standings, and 15th overall, in 6:49, and Innes Barnett one place and one second further behind.

The trio's collective efforts helped the under-11s to finish fourth out of eight teams.

The under-13s were running a slightly further distance of 3km but also enjoyed some fine performances, with Bradley Moffat leading them home.

Placing 11th in the boys' standings, and 17th overall, he ran a time of 12:58, followed by Rachel Barnett, who was 19th overall and joint-eighth in the girls' results in a time of 13:07, and Eva Gasowska, who was the 10th-fastest girl, and 22nd overall from a field of 35, in 13:23.

The under-13s were also fourth in the team rankings, with the club hopeful that competitive racing may be able to resume soon.