The winning continued once again for PH, who shone in the sun at the Milnathort Dash on Thursday evening.
A hot night made the multi terrain course all the more difficult, but this did not stop PH picking up the majority of the prizes.
The race started with one of the most reluctant starts in the history of the Dash as no one appeared seriously committed to taking the famous King of the Hill accolade on the climb out of Milnathort.
Ben Hukins was the runaway winner of the Dash covering the hilly 5.2 mile route in an impressive 28.28. Ben took control of the race after the hill and led from there to the finish to secure the win for PH.
Club mate, Dan Monaghan led the chasing pack from the 3km mark, building a reasonable gap in second place up to the halfway point. Despite some serious pressure mounted on him on the downhill section, Dan maintained his position to run a very strong race finishing 2nd overall, clocking 29:18 to make it a brilliant 1 – 2 for PH.
Mike McConnell was next home for PH, finishing in 4th with a quality time of 29:39. Ben, Dan and Mike won the team prize for PH in impressive fashion.
Next PH racer to cross the line was Colin Somerville, the former club champ and regular at the Dash finished well in 8th position, ensuring that PH had four finishers in the top ten, in a time of 30:35.
There was a tight finish between John Crookston and women’s captain Alison McGill who both found the Perthshire hills to their liking and collected well deserved prizes, finishing in 22nd and 23rd place respectively in the field of 178. John blew the rest of his V60 compatriots away with top class time of 33:02 and, just five seconds back, Alison secured the second spot on the ladies podium, over two minutes clear of her nearest challenger.
Men’s captain Iain Taylor, racing for the second consecutive night, placed second V50 in 25th overall with a time of 33:49. Finally, Ian Johnston also placed second in his respective age category as he finished 49th overall in a time of 37:17.
On Wednesday evening, PH’s talented junior athlete Andrew Thomson was in great form once again at the Sri Chinmoy One Mile Race in The Meadows, Edinburgh. Racing against a quality group of athletes, Andrew recorded a superb 4.52 finishing 4th overall.
On the same evening, three PH members were amongst 125 participants at the Balbirnie Duathlon which started and finished in the grounds of Balbirnie House near Markinch. The race involves a 5k challenging run within the grounds of Balbirnie Park before a 20k cycle on the country roads out to Kennoway and back before a final 2.5k run. Ewan Taylor was the clear winner of the event reaching the finish in 62.42. Chris Stuart enjoyed a great race placing 8th overall in 68.57 while Iain Taylor was 10th and leading Male 50 in 70.54.
Thanks for Gordon Donnachie once again for the great photographs and a big thank you to Kinross Road Runners for putting on a quality local club race at Milnathort. The race had top drawer organisation with results printed within minutes of the finish and as always a very good spread and generous prizes. Further thanks, to Adrian Stott and his team for the Sri Chinmoy One Mile Race and Glenrothes Triathlon Club for the Duathlon event.
The continued high level of performance on the local club racing circuit is a credit to all at PH for putting in loops and loops of hard work at the Pan Handle following the training schedules put together by club coach Ben Hukins. If you want to join a performance based running club and take your running to the next level, please get in touch through the usual social media and email channels or look out for a pending announcement of an open training night at the infamous loop.