On Saturday a number of PH athletes competed in the Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships in Falkirk, a counting event in our own Club Championship.

In the men’s race, last year’s runner up Kris Jones of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers was on top form, leading from the gun to take the gold medal, with Lachlan Oates of Shettleston Harriers taking the silver before Andrew Douglas of Inverclyde Athletic Club took bronze.

The top male PH performance came from Darren Jubb, competing in his second National Championship, and finishing in a credible 37.51, followed by Robert Sellar in 39.15. Tommy Lawrence enjoyed a strong run crossing the line in 41.35, with Johnny Cassells and Wright Beveridge not far behind in 41.39 and 41.55 respectively. Scott Love completed the team finishing 6th counter in 42.25.

The leading PH female performance of the day came from Karen Kennedy in 45.46. Mary Western also performed well timing at 46.13 while Alison Whyte enjoyed another strong race finishing in 48.18.

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Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for another superb National Championship and to Steve Adam for the excellent race photographs.

On Sunday PH’s Darren Candlish set a new Half Marathon best of 85.29 at the Vodafone Malta Half Marathon.  Despite the seemingly favourable elevation profile the heat turned out to be challenging so well done to Darren on beating his time from last year’s Glasgow Half.

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