PH Racing Club had an excellent turnout for the second fixture of the East District League at Broxburn.  It was a tough course as ever with the ladies completing two laps of the 2.7km loop and the men doing three.

The ladies race was first with five PH athletes taking part including a very strong masters contingent. Karen Kennedy and Kristin Lownie once again battled it out with Kennedy winning out to finish in 16th position overall and 3rd master in 23:40.  Lownie was only two places back timing at 23:55.  Mary Western also had a fine run as 7th master in 24:52.  Zoe Stuart had an excellent finish to just hold off Alison Whyte as 4th counter for the PH ladies team and 3rd counter for the masters, who finished in 1st position to cement their position at the top of the league.  The senior ladies team finished in 6th position on the day and remain 7th overall after two races, ahead of a number of well-established clubs.

Next up were our two young athletes in the under 15 boys race which took in one full lap and a smaller one for a total distance of 4.1km.  New member Andrew Thomson was first home in 17:15 with Aaron Bennet following in 18:49 to remarkably finish as the top Fife team on the day.

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It was then the turn of the male runners to take on their three laps over a course that was by now very slippy in parts.  Top performer was Darren Jubb who overtook Andrew Wright near the end to earn 19th position in a time of 30 minutes dead.  Wright followed in 30:07 in 22nd place and 2nd master. Next home was Paul Kieran, 7th master in 31:31, closely followed by Ewan Taylor who ran a superb race to finish in 31:51.  The final two counters for the men’s team were Dan Monaghan (32:37) and Colin Somerville (33:57) with the team finishing 8th on the day though, despite excellent performances, slipping one place to 7th after two of the three races.

Calum Brand made his debut in a PH vest and was hot on the tail of Somerville timing at 34:02. Wright Beveridge was the final counter for the men’s masters team that finished 4th on the day and moved up to 4th position overall while John Crookston also enjoyed an excellent race to finish in 35:22. It was fantastic to see such a good turnout with 15 senior males taking part and a number of good performances.

Well done to all and thanks once again to Gordon Donnachie for the superb race photos.

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