Silverknowes in Edinburgh was once again the venue for the Scottish 5km Championships on Friday and it did not disappoint.  As usual it was a high quality race, arguably the best in the UK, with 200 athletes dipping under the 18 minute barrier and 47 under 16 minutes.

Lachlan Oates of Shettleston Harriers was a first time winner of the male event in 14.37 while Fife AC’s Annabel Simpson retained the female title in a new best of 16.25.

There were also a number of excellent performances from PH athletes with personal bests and club records broken.

Karen Kennedy was once again among the medals at a Scottish Athletics championship event, winning the bronze masters medal in a new club record time of 18.45.

Darren Jubb further secured his position at the top of the PH Racing Club male championship with a new best time of 16.13.  Not far behind was Colin Somerville, showing the benefit of his marathon training to improve his own personal best to 16.38.  Robert Sellar was the third PH male only 1 place and 1 second ahead of club mate Darren Deas who made a huge dent in his best to set a new time of 17.03.

The personal bests continued with Darren Candlish (17.40), Scott Love (17.57) and Alan Cockburn (18.49).  John Crookston (19.18) equalled the club V60 record and Keith Vandermotten (19.38) also set a new PB. Niall Balloch (19.37) and Jason Buttery (19.55) both broke the 20 minute barrier for the first, but surely not the last, time and Ed Norton (19.46) moved to 3rd in the UK rankings for the V65 age category in 2018.

Well done to all on a superb night’s racing and thanks to Daniel Smith for the race photographs.

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