Following last week’s East District XC League win, PH’s women put in another dominating performance at the SVHC Masters Relays at Strathclyde Park near Motherwell to win by a comfortable margin. The race is open to anyone over the age of 35 and consists of three laps of the loch for the ladies and four for the men’s teams.
Kristin Lownie took on the lead leg covering the undulating course in 22:03, second fastest female leg of the day, before handing over to Karen Kennedy. She maintained the lead with a run of 22:50 that was fourth fastest. Alison McGill anchored the team with the day’s third fastest leg in 22:28 for a well deserved victory.
PH were also represented by six men’s teams with our ‘A’ team earning a top ten finish. Andrew Wright undertook stage 1 covering his 3.7 mile lap around Strathclyde Park in 20:01 to make the day’s top 10 fastest male times and handing across to Rab Sellar in 5th place. Rab, on his return from injury, clocked a solid 21:48 before Wright Beveridge ran the penultimate leg in 21:58. Tommy Lawrence brought the team home covering the exposed and incredibly windy course in 22:25.
There were strong performances by Racing Club’s other five teams with Martin Butcher timing at 21.49 on the opening leg for the PH ‘B’ team and John Crookston posting an impressive 22.18 for the Male 50 team who themselves finished third in that category. The other members of the team were Iain Taylor (22:04), Alan Cockburn (23:53) and Dennis Howett (25:46).
It was also good to see new members David Henderson and Tony Quinn make their debuts in PH colours, as well as a rare racing appearance from Club President Stevie Ogg.
In addition to today’s prize, Karen Kennedy was also awarded 1st prize in the V45 category for the 2017/18 Scottish Veteran Harriers Club Grand Prix. Congratulations to Karen on that and to everyone who ran today for great running in testing conditions. Thanks to Ed Norton for the photographs.
On Saturday Calum Brand, Willie Rennie, Andy Jannetta, Arron Leitch, Aaran Gibb and Pete Simpson took part in the ever-popular Devil’s Burdens hill relay organised by Fife AC. There were some excellent performances with the team finishing in 21st position overall and 17th in the open senior category.