PH Racing Club were back in cross country action on Saturday, this week at the National Cross Country Relay Championships at Cumbernauld.  The course is a hilly 4 kilometre loop with teams running four legs except the ladies masters who are in teams of three.

As ever, the ladies were up first with the same masters team that took home the gold medal two years ago. Mary Western led the team off and completed her leg in 16:25 to hand over to Alison Whyte in fourth.  Alison maintained this position with her time of 17:00 also the fourth quickest of the leg 2 runners.  On the final leg, Karen Kennedy timed at 16:00, third fastest of the anchor runners to bring the team home in fourth place behind HBT, Garscube Harriers and Bellahouston Road Runners.

This left Robyn Morrocco to run as a lone runner in the senior race but she again acquitted herself well, timing at 16:40.

It was then the turn of the men who had three complete teams.  The A team were led off by Darren Jubb who ran the quickest leg of the day for PH in 13:10.  Dan Monaghan then took over to run his leg in 13:42 before handing over to Paul Kieran who timed at 13:39.  On the anchor leg was Colin Somerville who brought the team home in 13:51 in 34thposition in a high class field.

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There were also some good performances in the B team of Iain Taylor, Andy Jannetta, Phil Waring and Wright Beveridge with Beveridge the quickest in 14:37.  In the C team Allen Marr and Ian Johnston ran the overall second and third fastest V60 times of the day while James Hamilton made his cross country debut.

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Well done to all runners and in particular to team captains Mary Western and Colin Somerville for some excellent team selections.  Thanks to Allen Marr for photos and credit to Bobby Gavin/The One Moment for the featured photo of Alison Whyte.

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