The first weekend in October saw PH Racing Club members in action at various events and distances across the country with many personal best and fast times being recorded.

Racing Club’s Mary Western continued her excellent form placing 1st lady overall at the Chester Metric Marathon where she covered the 26.2 km (16.3 miles) course in a fast 1.53.51. Team mate Ed Norton posted a time of 2.02.54 to win the Male 65 age group award.

The Chester Marathon saw a huge field of 2885 runner take part with Darren Jubb reaching the finish in a new club record and personal best of 2.52.51. Wallace Mitchell set a new best and there were good runs by Natalie Brown, Scott Blyth, Leanne Jubb and Isla Mitchell.

Closer to home, James Traynor was the leading PH athlete at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow where he recorded a new best and club record of 1.15.39 for the half marathon distance. Michael Combe was the next Racing Club member to cross the line timing at 1.18.43 while Anne Hartmann improved her 13.1 mile club record by 98 seconds whilst clocking an excellent 1.24.08. Junior athlete Daniel Smith made his half marathon debut in impressive style finishing in 1.25.45 while Michael Lindsay, Darran Neilson, Brian and Lorraine Abbot set personal bests. In the corresponding 10k race, Stuart Mackay posted a time of 36.14 while Dan Monaghan on his club debut stopped the clock at 37.25.

The Giffordtown 5k took place on Sunday morning with Martin Butcher covering the fast out and back course in 17.23 10th position with club mate Graeme Doig in good form winning the M40 title (15th overall) in 17.40. Scott Love made up the PH trio taking part recording a time of 18.55 in 33rd position.

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Arron Leitch and Andy Jannetta made their marathon debuts at the gruelling Glencoe Marathon on Sunday which features almost 4,000 feet of climbing. Arron finished in 5.10.55 and Andy timed at 5.22.38.

Well done everyone on another super weekend of results for PH Racing Club and thanks to Claire Thompson for the excellent race photos.

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