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Markinch Announce Chieftain 2009 By Shane Fenton


Former SGA  'Athlete of the Year' and one of Markinch's greatest ever sporting sons, Terry Mitchell is to be Chieftain at next month's Markinch Highland Games. Terry a talented runner of some 30 years, was brought up in Markinch and trained on the ancient John Dixon Park track.

He cut his athletics teeth on the Highland Games circuit running in Boy's Marathon events before going on to gain a large number of British and Scottish vests in marathon, half marathon and hill running during the 1980's and 90's.

Terry, who now lives in St Andrews and works for the estates department at St Andrews University, competed in marathons all over the World including Istanbul, Belgrade, London, Belfast, Malta and one of his favourites, the Niagara Falls Marathon.

He represented Scotland in four World Champiomships in Poland, England, Switzerland and the USA. He also won the Glenrothes Half Marathon a record nine times, while another claim to fame was being one of the support runners in the Oscar winning film ''Chariots of Fire''.

In 2007 Terry was inducted into the St Andrews University ''Sports Hall of Fame''.

Terry was actually intending to run at this years Markinch Games but quickly changed his plan, commenting,'' i was going to run the 2 mile handicap, but this is an honour i couldn't turn down, it is a great honour to be a Games chieftain, more so in my home town and at the place where my running all started''.

Terry will be in good company, the previous two Chieftains at Markinch have been Scottish rugby internationalist Dave McIvor who also hails from the town and Hollywood actor Dougray Scott from nearby Woodside.

Markinch Highland Games will be held in the town's John Dixon Park on Sunday June 7th.

Published: 2009-05-07 12:13:09