By Daniel Smith
Well done to everyone that participated in PH Racing Club’s first Club Championship especially those that completed the whole thing! Being the club’s first Championship and it’s first full year on the Fife running scene we are getting noticed a lot more and are competing with some of the best teams in the country (including my own ‘other’ team Edinburgh University Haries!). Competing in the Club Championship is a great way for the club to show strong performances and turnout. It’s also a great way of challenging each other to do better that was summed up well by Scott and Andy’s claim to fame on the Scottish Athletics Twitter!
Starting with the Male Championship, we saw an eagerly anticipated battle between Colin Somerville and Darren Jubb. Colin gained an early lead after the first races of the Championship but the battle continued throughout the season with them both finishing on the same points total of 447. Colin, however, clinched that all-important victory over Darren with his 7-6 wins in the head to head results between the pair! Not to be disregarded after struggling with injury, Jonathan Peebles continued on excellent form ending only 15 points behind the battling pair and securing the 3rd spot in the Male Championship. Jonny had some especially strong performances at the start of the year which saw him beating Jubb at the Portobello Promathon and Down By The River 10k.
Dan Monaghan, Scott Love and Andy Jannetta also all completed the Men’s Championship finishing 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively. Dan showed how his training had progressed throughout the Championship events and could be well on his way to being in the top 3 next year. He finished with a particularly strong performance in the final event at the National Short Course XC finishing 2nd PH in a strong field!
Moving on to the Female Championship, only two completed the required nine events, with Mary Western clinching the 1st Female spot on 446 points. Mary was first female PH runner across the line five times throughout the Championship. Natalie Gilliland-Patterson also had a good season finishing ten of the available events and placing first female PH at the Tom Scott 10. In finishing with final points of 439, Natalie was only seven points behind Mary’s total.
Then there were also battles in the Male Over 40 category where Robert Sellar why Callum Hawkins should bin his split running shorts in favour of some knee-length football shorts! Following strong performances throughout the year, including the SA Trail Championships, where he was 2nd PH across the line, he ended on 426 points. Robert was closely followed by Johnny Cassells, who finished 14 points behind on 412, and secured the second spot in the top three. An on-going battle throughout the year saw Johnny only finishing two points ahead of Wright Beveridge who picked up 410 points in the Championship. Both had a number of strong performances, however Johnny rightfully took the second spot beating Wright five out of the six times they raced each other over the course of the Championship.
Last but not least Ian Johnston settled into his new category of Male Over 60 (he went up an age category if he didn’t tell you) to clinch the win ahead of Ed Norton. With a gap of 25 points at the end of the Championship, Ian certainly made his mark in his new category with another strong year of running for him at PH. Ed Norton also kept up his excellent performances and can boast a pretty decent looking Power of 10, which shows Ed as 7th in the UK for a 5k in his age category, up from 68th last year, and 2nd over 2 miles!
Again, well done to everyone who competed in the Championship and for those that didn’t finish the full thing, I’m sure you will agree that having other people in the club to compete against makes us all stronger and more well-rounded runners!
Final results below: