Saturday saw the second running of our own Tilli 10k race from Tillicoultry to Dollar and back along the Devon Way. Judging by comments received on social media and word of mouth the race was a great success. Both course records were broken – Jamie Crowe of Central AC taking the win in the men’s race in 29:18 with Annabel Simpson first woman in 34:55. We will be publishing a full report on the race in due course but here we look primarily at the performances of our own athletes.
It was fantastic to present so many prizes from the generous prize list to our own members and see them standing on our new podium. Fastest PH athlete of the day was sixteen year old Jamie Lessels who finished as second junior in a new junior club record time of 35:04.
Next home was last year’s first unattached athlete Graeme Doig, back in PH colours and second in the V45 category in 35:18, behind Dundee Hawkhill’s Gordon Barrie.
Completing the PH team of three was Andy Jannetta who produced a huge personal best time of 37:06 to secure fourth position for the club behind exceptionally strong trios from Central AC, Metro and Fife AC.
Topping the podium for PH was Martin McNellis, who came first in the V55 category in a new personal best and over 50s club record time of 37:36, over a minute ahead of Lothian RC’s Brian Lees and Grant Matheson of Falkirk Vics.
Philip Waring ran 38:03 to narrowly beat clubmate John Crookston who timed at 38:07 to claim first place in the V60 category ahead of Fife AC’s Bryce Aitken.
Steven Bowman finished in position 69 with a time of 39:09 while Scott Love ran his quickest 10k of the year in 40:41 to hold off Simon Whyte (40:37 chip time) in a race for the line. Graham McInnes was one minute behind while Ed Norton (pictured in main photo on podium) was pleased to finish second in the V65 category in 41:50 behind winner Tony Martin of Falkland Trail Runners.
Our youngest member, Aaron Bennet finished fifth junior in 44:16, just ahead of our oldest, Malcolm Hammond who ended up just outside the podium spots, fourth V65 in 44:37. Ian Johnston was just a few seconds behind in 44:52, seventh V60. Clare Graham was the final PH athlete to make the podium with her run of 49:32 securing the prize for third V50. Last but not least was Ross Bennet who sported his PH vest for the first time but clearly wasn’t putting in enough effort judging by his smile!
Well done to all on some excellent performances but the real praise must really go to the volunteers for putting on such a well received event, and in particular Race Director, Andrew Wright. Thanks to photographers Gordon Donnachie, Graeme Baxter and Karen Thomson and to our sponsors Williams Bros, William Sword Bakery, The Scottish Soup Company and Louie Brown’s Bar, Dalgety Bay.
Full results can be found here.