Callander Park in Falkirk was the place to be on Saturday as clubs from all over Scotland descended on the Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships with both men and women completing the same tough course that proved to be longer than 10k on this occasion. Adam Craig and Steph Twell took the male and female titles but there were a number of good performances from PH Racing Club athletes.
Last year’s club champion Darren Jubb was fastest of the 15 PH senior males finishing in 67th position in a time of 38:15 while in the female race Alison McGill was the leading PH performer with 43:11 for 20th place. Before the senior races Andrew Thomson was the sole PH athlete to take part in the 4k under 15 boys race, putting in an excellent run to place 38thin 15:45 and continue his excellent progress since joining the club.
The 2018 female club champion Kristin Lownie was not far behind McGill in 44:32 and therefore remains just a single point behind in this year’s standings. Karen Kennedy finished as 3rd V45 in 46:11 and was joined by Clare Graham making her National XC debut.
Closest to Jubb among the PH male contingent were Dan Monaghan and Colin Somerville with times of 40:06 and 40:46 respectively. The men’s team finished in their highest ever position of 13th at the National with Paul Kieran (41:10), Robert Sellar (41:22) and Johnny Cassells (42:58) the other three counters in the team of six.
Wright Beveridge finished just behind Cassells in 43:03 and there was another fine run by John Crookston who finished as 4th V60 in 44:57. Aaran Gibb ran his first cross country race for PH and was not far behind the experienced Crookston, timing at 45:08.
Well done to all from PH Racing Club who took part and thanks to Scottish Athletics for another superbly organised event. It’s great to see our participation increase year on year with performances also improving. Photos by Kristin Lownie and Paul Kieran.