Livingston was once again the venue for the 6/4 Stage National Road Relay Championships on Sunday and PH Racing Club were one of the best represented clubs with 7 teams taking part. The race is run over alternate 3.1 mile and 5.8 mile legs with the senior men completing six stages and the women and V50 men running four. Despite the ‘road’ designation of the event, parts of the course are run over uneven paths and through mud making any fast times all the more impressive.
The men’s race started first, the PH ‘A’ team lead off by Jonathan Peebles, three weeks on from his excellent run at the Tokyo Marathon, and continuing his excellent form with a run of 16:35, faster than his 5k PB. Colin Somerville ran the longer second leg in 33:28 before handing over to Daniel Monaghan who completed his shorter lap in 17:47. PH debutant Michael McConnell took over and timed at 32:58 for his 5.8 miles before Paul Kieran ran a 17:04 short leg. Darren Jubb brought the team home in 19th position with a time of 32:13 on the long anchor leg. There were also good performances by the ‘B’ team who finished 32nd overall.
In the women’s race there was a top 10 finish for the ‘A’ team of Alison McGill, Karen Kennedy, Julie Menzies and Kristin Lownie. McGill ran the opening lap in 19:25, 15th quickest of the day, and handed over to Kennedy in 11th position. She also performed well with a time of 37:25 as did Julie Menzies who ran her 3.1 mile leg in 20:39. Lownie took over in 12th position but ran the final leg in an excellent time of 36:39 to secure 10th position for the team and the 14th fastest individual run of the day. The women’s ‘B’ team all ran well to finish in a solid 24th position.
Thanks to the organisers for another excellent event and to all from PH Racing Club who turned out to represent the club. Special thanks to captain Iain Taylor for all his hard work in dealing with the inevitable withdrawals and selecting teams. Credit to AthleticsDigital.com for the superb race photographs.