PH Racing Club were amongst the medals once again at another National Championships this weekend. This time it was the National 10k held this Sunday on the streets of Stirling.
With perfect running conditions in place, Karen Kennedy and John Crookston enjoyed age grade success once again. The medal winning pair both performed admirably to win Silver medals in the F40 and M60 categories respectively. John defied his age once again setting yet another M60 club record by breaking 38 minutes for the first time clocking 37:58, with Karen coming close to her own best, timing 39:01.
The personal bests came thick and fast for PH, with first home, Paul Kieran putting in a tremendous run to finish 70th, in easily the strongest 10k field to be found in Scotland. Paul’s time of 33:44 is another big step up for him and is a new club V40 record. Paul had a tough battle through the last mile with Ewan Taylor who also set a new PB. Ewan finished two places back in a quality time of 33:48, showing that he is shaping up nicely for his marathon attempt at Loch Ness in the coming weeks.
Mike McConnell and Dan Monaghan also battled in the final stages, with Mike taking it on the dip for the line, finishing in 80th and 81st respectively. Both set new personal best times of 34:00. Uniquely, they both had matching PBs before this and there still remains very little between them.
First PH woman on the day was captain Alison McGill, returning to the shorter roads after her recent ultra trail success. Alison ran a solid 38:55 to take the full 50 points in the PH Racing Club championships, which looks set to go down to the wire between Alison, Karen and Kristin Lownie, with only two races remaining.
Back in the men’s standings, there were three more men finishing in the top 100, with Colin Somerville, Robert Sellar and Andy Davies all breaking the 35minute barrier, setting PBs and placing 87th, 92nd and 96th respectively.
Returning from injury, Jonny Peebles ran the race to complete the club championships, which he now is in pole position to win after finishing in 127th place and 8th PH male. This leaves his only challenger as Paul Kieran with the Great Scottish Run and the National Short Course XC to go.
Andrew Thomson was the leading male junior home, setting his second club record of the week. His impressive time of 35:42 is fantastic following his 17:03 and 8th place at the Meadows 5k on Wednesday evening. His trail championship winning team mates, Jamie Lessells and Aaron Bennet, both ran well and continued their improvements.
Other PH members who performed on the big stage of the championships were Martin Butcher and Gordon Lawson who both finished comfortably in the top 200, in 156th and 188th positions.
Chris Stuart, Michael Lindsay, Ian Johnston and Ed Norton enjoyed good runs representing the club very well. Zoe Stuart set a new PB of 41:58 and was the third PH woman over the line with Scott Love, Michael Stewart and Clare Graham amongst the other PH members to complete the race.
Meanwhile, south of the border, there were two PH runners amongst the fifty seven thousand entrants at the Great North Run. Jason Buttery and Gillian Stewart made the 13.1 mile trip from Newcastle’s central motorway, over the world’s most iconic bridge and along to the coast in South Shields. Jason clocked 1:38 with Gillian finishing her second half marathon in as many weeks in 2:03.
Well done to all racing this weekend. The improvements of all throughout the club are great to see and show how success breeds success and hard work certainly can pay off. Thanks to Karen Thomson, Ross Bennet and Bobby Gavin for the race photographs, as well as Central AC for once again providing a top class club focussed road race.