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Rain fails to put dampener on half marathon
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AN "electric atmosphere" gripped Pittencrieff Park as the SignPlus Dunfermline Half Marathon got under starters orders at the weekend.

Runners refused to let the rainy weather put a dampener on proceedings as they limbered up to run in the 25th anniversary of the race.

A Scotland v England challenge match added spice and quality to the head of the field of runners as they ran over the newly designed course. Shettleston Eritrean Tsegezab Woldemichael was looking to retain his title and soon hit the front as the runners headed out along the cycle path towards Oakley and Cairneyhill.

Though chased by club colleague Tsegai Tewelde, Woldemichael opened up a 22-second gap and he was able to return home unpressed, crossing the finishing line at Pittencreiff Park in a time of 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

GB internationalist Rebecca Robinson placed 11th overall to emerge as the female winner in a time of 74 minutes and 48 seconds.

Falkirk Victoria athlete Fiona Matheson took second female, to win the Scottish championship and Scottish veteran championship, while England defeated Scotland in the challenge match.

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