PH Racing Club had a strong showing at Sunday’s Scottish Athletics National Road Relays Championship. The mens race consisted of 6 stages, with the ladies and veteran 50s consisting of 4, alternating between a short 3.1 mile and a long 5.8 mile leg. With representation from 5 teams, the club were up against top level competition from around the country.

Michael Combe produced a strong performance in the opening leg, covering the undulating course in 17:02 and bringing the club into 19th position. Darren Jubb took over on stage 2 where he put in a sterling effort, clocking 32:27 and handing over to Jonathan Peebles in 17th place. Jonathan made up a further place bringing the club into 16th position with a solid performance (17:32). Tommy Lawrence set off on the 4th leg, running well before handing over to Martin Butcher who held the club’s position well before handing over to Colin Somerville to run the anchor leg. Colin battled the twists and turns of the course to make up 1 further place, bringing PH Racing Club home in 19th position on our national road relay debut. The Racing Club’s ‘B’ team also finished inside the top 30. Congratulations to Central AC who won Gold ahead of Cambuslang Harriers and Corstorphine AAC who won the Bronze.

Congratulations to the PH Racing Club ladies team who followed their XC Gold by winning Silver in the Veteran race. Our Silver medal winning performance saw Mary Western cover stage 1 in an impressive 20:01 while Suzanne Goodall and Hannah Devey both gave good performances before Alison Whyte produced an impressive anchor leg bringing the ladies home in 38:01 to win the Silver medal.

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The PH Racing Club V50 team performed admirably finishing 5th due to strong runs by Alan Cockburn, Martin McNellis, Ian Robert Johnston and Dennis Howett. The club’s ‘B’ V50 team finished only a couple of places behind in 7th position. It was also good to see Peter Simpson compete in his 14th National while it was many club members’ first.

Thanks to Bobby Gavin for the superb photographs.  Unfortunately the other three members of the medal-winning team had left before the ceremony so Alison was left to pick up the full set!

Well done also to Roger Clark who was 1st at the Run Garioch Half Marathon with a time of 1:18:51 and Anne Hartmann who was 3rd in the female event in a time of 1:30:17.  It was certainly a successful day for PH Racing Club.

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