PH Racing Club were one of the best represented clubs at Friday evening’s Sri Chinmoy 5k Race at Sliverknowes, Edinburgh with 26 athletes involved and two medalists. This fast and flat race, with a deserved reputation as one of the quickest in the UK, once again incorporated the Scottish Athletics 5k Championships.
Fastest from PH was in-form Jonathan Peebles who dipped under the 16 minute mark for the first time with a superb run of 15:53. Club mate Paul Kieran was not too far behind, also claiming a personal best time of 16:11 as 6th V40. Dan Monaghan completed the club’s top three with an excellent new best of 16:33.
Karen Kennedy was the fastest PH female timing at 18:37 to hold off Kristin Lownie (18:45), equal her club record and claim a V40 bronze medal for the second year in succession. Karen was joined on the podium by John Crookston who took a silver medal in the male V60 category recording a massive personal best time of 18:33.
There were numerous other personal best times. Johnny Cassells can be pleased with his time of 17:42 while Andy Jannetta ran 17:56 to break 18 minutes for the first time only 6 days after the Highland Fling Ultra. Chris Stuart ran 18:33 on what was his first attempt at the distance, in some years at least, and Alan Cockburn recorded a new best of 18:45. Michael Lindsay ran his fastest 5k of 19:03, finishing just ahead of James Hamilton (19:06) and Julie Menzies broke 20 minutes for the first time finishing 4th V40 in 19:51. Meanwhile, Martin Butcher looks to be getting closer to his best form over shorter distances crossing the line in 17:28, his fastest 5k in over 3 years, just behind Robert Sellar (17:16).
Well done to all who competed in this PH Racing Club Championship event and apologies to anyone whose personal bests have been missed. Thanks to Steve Adam for providing the excellent race photographs and to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment for those from the presentation.