PH athletes were in action last weekend in the north and south of the country at the Salomon Skyline Scotland event in the Mamores/Glencoe area and the Scottish Half Marathon/10k in East Lothian.

This year the Skyline event consisted of seven races with PH representation in four of these.  Andy Jannetta once again took on the gruelling Glencoe Skyline Race which covers a distance of 52km with 4750m of ascent and finished in an excellent 45th position, timing at 10:18:56.  Also back for a second attempt was Arron Leitch in the Ring of Steall Skyrace and he improved on last year’s time with a run on 6:33:34 for the 29km route with 2500m of ascent.

Malcolm Hammond and Michael Stewart took on two of the new trail races added this year, both of which look like tough courses.  Hammond finished first in the V65 category in the 5km Grey Mare’s in a time of 42:15 while Stewart completed the 10km Loch Eilde More race in 1:18:59.

Closer to home in East Lothian, and a week before the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow, five members took part in the confusingly named Scottish Half Marathon with all bar one setting new personal best times on what is undeniably a quick coastal course.  Graeme Doig was first PH athlete home in a new best of 1:15:55 to finish first V45.  Recent PH recruits Billy Stewart and Mark Mclean finished close together in 1:29:12 and 1:29:20 with Stewart breaking the 90 minute mark for the first time.  Darran Neilson also continued his recent improvement timing at 1:32:30 while Clare Graham lowered her personal best to 1:47:43.

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In the accompanying 10k race, Kristin Lownie wasn’t able to match her previous week’s time from the Cumbernauld 10k but nevertheless finished in ninth position in a very respectable time of 38:58.

Well done to all and thanks to Salomon Skyline and Graeme Doig for the photographs.  We now look forward to tomorrow’s Scottish Half Marathon Championships at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow, also the penultimate event of our club championship.