PH Racing Club put in a sterling performance at Sunday’s Scottish Veteran Harriers Road Relay Championships at Strathclyde Park. Represented by six teams, and the only Fife club at this blue riband event, the club were up against top level competition from around the country.
James Traynor undertook the opening leg for PH covering the 3.6 miles around the park in an outstanding 19.43 in 6th position. Michael Combe took over on stage 2 where he put in a fantastic effort clocking a fast 20.28 handing over to Jonathan Peebles in 5th place. Jonathan averaged 5.25 per mile for his stage and most importantly brought PH into 2nd place with a superb time of 19.52. Veteran internationalist Roger Clark set off on the anchor leg which he covered in 20.01 to earn the silver medal, bringing PH Racing Club home in 2nd position. Congratulations to the Cambuslang Harriers team, including PH club coach Ben Hukins, on winning the Gold medals and to Bellahouston Road Runners who won the Bronze.
It was also a successful day for the PH Racing Club ladies teams who finished 3rd and 7th respectively. Our bronze medal winning team had Mary Western cover Stage 1 in an impressive 23.29 while Anne Hartmann covered the penultimate leg in 23.14 before Karen Kennedy brought the ladies home in 3rd place clocking a time of 22.44. Zoe Stuart led off the PH ladies ‘B’ team timing at 25.07, Rachel Drummond clocked 24.31 on Stage 2 and Hannah Devey reached the finish in 24.33 in 7th position. The ladies Gold medal winners were Dumfries Running Club with Giffnock North AC winning Silver.
The PH Racing Club ‘B’ team performed admirably placing an excellent 9th overall with very strong runs by Graeme Doig (20.41), Johnny Cassells (21.14), Robert Sellar (21.18) and Martin Butcher (20.46). The club’s ‘C’ team finished 26th with Scott Love (22.05), Arron Leitch (24.02), Jonathan Campbell (22.56) and Wright Beveridge (21.40) all running well. The PH Male 50 team was led off by Alan Cockburn (23.54) followed by Ed Norton (24.13), Ian Johnston (23.46) and brought home by fast finishing Dennis Howett in 21.27.
On Saturday the Club also had representation at the Devils Burdens hill relay. It was good to see Darren Candlish perform well in his first race for the club, while junior athlete Adam Vallance made his hill racing debut.
Huge congratulations to all the PH athletes on their achievements and we now look forward to the National 6 and 4 stage road relays in March.