A number of PH Racing Club athletes were in action over the weekend across a wide variety of distances and terrains.
On the Saturday Andy Jannetta and Arron Leitch brought their ultra season to an end with the Glen Ogle 33 mile trail race. Short, perhaps, by ultra standards, the race nevertheless has some steep climbs with almost 3000 feet of elevation over the course. Andy had an excellent run, finishing 10th out of 369 finishers in a time of 4:28:16. Arron found things a little tougher but still completed his race in 5:31:46.
On Sunday morning attention turned to the roads with Jonathan Peebles just missing out on a top ten placing in the Men’s 10k in Edinburgh. The fast course starts on the Royal Mile and takes in a number of sights in the capital before finishing at Murrayfield Stadium. Jonathan’s time of 34:35 saw him finish 11th and set a new personal best, a mere two seconds quicker than his previous mark from Kilmarnock earlier this year.
Meanwhile a top class field was assembled in Leeds for the annual Abbey Dash 10k. PH Racing Club’s Paul Kieran and Dan Monaghan performed well with Paul the faster of the two, finishing in 35:31 to Dan’s 35:56. The sheer quality of the race is demonstrated by their respective finishing positions of 294th and 328th!
Later on Sunday, five from PH headed to Midlothian for Lasswade AC’s open cross country meeting. Aaron Bennet was up first over a 3 mile course which he completed in 21:37 to get some further experience. The women’s team then put in an excellent performance placing second team, only a single point behind the winners, hosts Lasswade AC. Karen Kennedy was the first home covering her 3.8 miles in 25:58 in 6thposition overall. The team was completed by Mary Western (9th and 1st V55 in 27:49) and Robyn Morrocco (14th in 29:20). Graham McInnes was the sole competitor for PH in the senior men’s 6 mile race which he finished in 40:17.
Well done to everyone and thanks to Ross Bennet for XC photos. Next Saturday is the final event of the 2018 Club Championships, the National Short Course XC Championships at Lanark.