PH Racing Club were represented by six teams at Sunday’s Scottish Veteran Harriers Road Relay Championships at Strathclyde Park and once again put in some good performances over the undulating 6k course. Both the women’s team and the male over 50 ‘A’ teams finished just outside the medals in a creditable fourth position.
The ladies were lead off by Mary Western whose lap of 23.26 was the 7th fastest of the day. She handed over to Alison Whyte (24.53) before the team was brought home by Karen Kennedy in 23.24 with the 6th quickest lap.
The men’s over 50s ‘A’ team consisted of Ian Stewart who completed his lap in 22.18 before handing over to Martin McNellis. Martin ran a time of 22.38 before Dennis Howett took on the 3rd leg, managing the quickest time in the team with 22.15. The anchor leg was run by Alan Cockburn who timed at 23.15.
In the men’s masters race the only member of last year’s silver medal-winning team was Jonathan Peebles who took on the opening leg and excelled with a time of 19.55, one of only ten athletes on the day to break the 20 minute barrier. Tommy Lawrence was next up for the ‘A’ team and he timed at 21.14 before passing onto Stuart Tite to run the third leg in 21.30. The final leg was run by Robert Sellar, who took over in 8th position and maintained this to cross the line in a time of 21.07.
The PH men’s ‘B’ team were only four places back in 12th position. Lead off man Darren Deas ran the fastest leg on his debut at this event, timing at 21.23 before handing over to Johnny Cassells. Johnny completed his lap in 21.54, gaining two places, before Scott Love (22.40) and Wright Beveridge (21.31) each moved up one place.
It was good to be able to also field a men’s ‘C’ team of Mark Mackenzie, Iain Taylor, Graham McInnes and Robert Milton as well as a second string over 50 four of Ed Norton, Pete Simpson, Club President Stevie Ogg and Ian Johnston. Well done to all PH Racing Club participants.
Thank you to the organisers Scottish Veteran Harriers Club and to all the volunteers who stood outside in the horrible weather. Photographs are courtesy of Kenny Phillips. Full results available here.