Sunday was another successful day for PH Racing Club at the Scottish Mid-Trail Championships, hosted at Falkland by Fife A.C. as part of their Festival of Trail Running. The race was also the 13th event in our own club championship.
Before the senior race took place there was the U17 race of approximately 5km where our full junior membership took part and all secured their first national medals. After some confusion following the race it has been confirmed that our team finished ahead of Dundee Hawkhill in gold medal position. First finisher of the three was the latest recruit, Jamie Lessels who finished in fourth overall in a time of 19:40 after a tremendous sprint finish. Andrew Thomson was 10th in 20:30 while Aaron Bennet finished 17th in 24:19 to ensure his team was complete.
In the 10km senior race there was a gold medal for Karen Kennedy in the V40 category timing at 42:16 in 17th place overall. The women’s team was completed by last year’s senior silver medalist, Kristin Lownie, 10th in 40:58, Robyn Morrocco and Clare Graham who both won their first Scottish Athletics medals. Incredibly today’s two national medals take Karen Kennedy’s total for the year to ten with four months and a number of national championships still to come.
In the men’s race, first PH athlete across the line was Andy Davis, 15th overall in 35:50, and also winning his first national medal, bronze in the V40 category. Colin Somerville was the next to finish, 18th in 36:11 followed by Johnny Cassells (38:42) and John Crookston (40:29) to complete the mens team who finished fourth on this occasion. Crookston also added to his growing medal collection with a silver in the V60 category. Ian Johnston kept up his record of running every event in this year’s club championship, timing at 45:42, while Michael Stewart made his debut for PH in a team event, finishing in 46:56.
Well done to all and thanks to Fife A.C. for organising another excellent event in the calendar. Thanks to Karen Thomson for race photos.