A huge field of over 700 runners took part in Sunday’s Jim Dingwall Memorial Round the Houses 10k which started and finished in Grangemouth Stadium. This popular, fast and flat race incorporated the East District 10K and Scottish Students Road Championships attracting a quality sharp end of male and female athletes and resulting in the first 161 finishers all breaking 40 minutes. 50 athletes went better than 35 minutes, 13 went sub 33 minutes while Commonwealth Games Marathon Bronze medallist Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners) led the race from start to finish clocking an impressive 30.03 to claim first place. Scottish Internationalist Morag Murray (Central AC) was the clear winner of the ladies race in a fast 33.42.
PH Racing Club were well represented with 19 members toeing the start line. In-form Jonny Peebles continued his excellent form clocking a personal best and male club record of 33.43. Michael McConnell covered his 6.2 miles in 34.21 with club mate Dan Monaghan close on his heels timing at 34.44. Rab Sellar reached the finish in 36.27 while Martin Butcher is finding great form again recording a time of 37.04. Fifteen year old Andrew Thomson excelled in his first ever 10k race timing at 37.25 while Joe Wilson ran a personal best of 37.59. Iain Taylor improved his own Male 50 club record to 38.04 while John Crookston smashed his Male 60 record recording a superb 38.53 while finishing first V60. Gordon Lawson made his PH debut timing at 38.56, Alan Cockburn went sub 40 (39.52), David Henderson timed at 40.25 and Ian Johnston finished in 43.52.
PH ladies excelled with Kristin Lownie running a new best of 38.26 and was followed home by Karen Kennedy (39.08) who won the East District Masters silver medal. Julie Menzies was also in great form setting a personal best of 41.03 to win East District Masters bronze. Robyn Morrocco continued her return to full fitness with an excellent 43.19 while Clare Graham timed at 48.24 to ensure Masters team success for PH along with Karen Kennedy and Julie Menzies. Lesley Mealing put in a strong effort finishing in 54.31.
Overall it was another fantastic day for our club and well done to everyone who took part. Thanks also to Falkirk Victoria Harriers for another superbly organised event.