PH’s ladies masters team secured first place in the East District Cross Country League at the season’s third fixture at Livingston on Saturday.

Having finished in first place at both Stirling and Broxburn, the team went into the race leading the league, ahead of second placed Falkirk Victoria Harriers, and managed to hold onto this position and claim the trophy.  Fastest of the masters was Karen Kennedy who was followed by fellow Scotland internationalist Mary Western before third counter Clare Graham, on her PH debut, wrapped up the win.  Well done to all three as well as other team members Alison Whyte and Zoe Stuart who have both contributed points over the season.  It really is a fantastic achievement for such a small squad.

The senior ladies team also did well, finishing seventh overall for the season with Kristin Lownie finishing ahead of the three masters on this occasion to make up the counting quartet.

It wasn’t all about the ladies though with the men’s teams also posting some excellent results. Darren Jubb and Andrew Wright enjoyed another tussle with Jubb coming out on top.  They were backed up by Dan Monaghan, Colin Somerville, Calum Brand and Wright Beveridge to complete the team of six and secure the club’s best ever position of eighth in the league.  It was also fantastic to see both Joe Wilson and Ben Sherriff making their debuts in PH colours.

Meanwhile, the men’s masters team finished the league season in fourth position, only one point behind both second placed Lothian and Metro Aberdeen who were third.  Counters on the day were Wright and Beveridge along with Iain Taylor and John Crookston who both posted excellent runs.  Well done to all and to our other veteran runners who have chipped in with points over the course of the season.

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