Three athletes from PH Racing Club were among the Scottish contingent that made the trip to Saturday’s British and Irish Masters Cross Country International. This year’s event was hosted by the Welsh at Singleton Park in Swansea where the Scots were also joined by teams from England, Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Karen Kennedy represented Scotland in the V45 category for the third year in succession while Mary Western earned her second Scottish vest having also run on home soil in Glasgow two years ago. For Bristolian Ed Norton it was a very welcome first opportunity to represent his adopted nation.
With the over 65 men joining the women in race 1 over a 6k course all three from PH lined up together.
First home was Kennedy with a time of 24:24 that was 11th fastest in the V45 category. This made her 2nd counter in the bronze medal winning Scotland team. Western followed in 25:54 and, though not a counter for a strong Scotland team in the V55 category, her 10th position helped ensure the silver medal was won by the Scots with the Irish only 1 point behind. Norton finished in 26:13 for 15th position in the men’s V65 category and 3rd counter for the Scotland team that won bronze in that category.
Well done to all three for not only earning the right to represent Scotland, but also each returning home with an international medal for their efforts and helping Scotland to 3rd place overall.
Meanwhile, closer to home at Livingston, three other PH athletes took on the Livingston AAC Open Cross Country. Aaron Bennet finished 5thin the 2.4km under 15 boy’s race in a time of 10:07. In the 3.7km race Dan Monaghan and Colin Somerville both enjoyed a strong runs with Monaghan coming out on top to finish as 1stmale senior in 13:13. Somerville was just 5 seconds back in 3rdposition with Fraser Armstrong of Bellahouston separating the two.