Saturday saw a number of PH athletes compete in the National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk, incorporating a counting event in our own Club Championship. The stacked field included a number of Olympians competing over the 10k course in testing conditions.

In the mens race, Kilbarchan AAC and Olympic athlete Callum Hawkins was in commanding form, leading from the gun to take the gold medal for the second time, with Kris Jones of Dundee Hawkhill taking the silver medal before Lachlan Oates of Shettleston took the bronze.

The top male PH performance came from Darren Jubb, competing in his first National Championship and finishing in a credible 42:17, followed closely by Jonathan Peebles in 42:37.  Johnny Cassells in his first XC outing enjoyed a strong run crossing the line in 43:20, with Scott Love continuing his recent improvement not far behind in 44:20. Wright Beveridge (45:52) and Ian Robert Johnston (47:51) completed the team, finishing 5th and 6th counter respectively.

The female race saw record entries with Scottish Commonwealth athlete Morag MacLarty streaking away to win gold ahead of Olympian Beth Potter, while Lothian’s Sarah Inglis took third.

The leading PH performance of the day came from Karen Kennedy who finished 2nd female in the veteran 45 category.  Mary Western also performed well to place 5th in the Veteran 50 category while Rachel Drummond enjoyed another strong race finishing in 52:12.

It was also encouraging to see 17 year old Daniel Smith perform admirably in the Under 20 race while Jonathan Campbell, Darren Candlish, and Andrew Jannetta all competed in their first National Championship alongside seasoned veterans Peter Simpson and Alan Cockburn.