The McMaster Community Centre in Johnstone was the venue for today’s Scottish Athletics Masters Cross Country Championship where a trio of PH athletes enjoyed excellent races.

This event is split into two races on the day with the Women’s race and M65 and above athletes both racing 6k. The race for Men’s age groups (in five-year bands) from M40 through to M60 is over 8k.  Andy Davis (V40), Paul Kieran (V45) and John Crookston (V60) all took part in the longer race.

First home for PH was Andy Davis who finished 7th V40 and 10th overall in an excellent time of 29:44. putting him just 12 seconds outside the medal positions.  This continues a great debut winter season for Davis which started with a first Scottish Athletics medal at the Scottish Trail Championships in September and has also included a number of fine cross country performances.

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Last week’s indoor 1500m silver medalist Paul Kieran was also not far behind the podium finishers in his category, finishing 6th with a superb run of 30:53.  Finally, John Crookston, who won bronze at last year’s event in Hawick, timed at 33:36 to cross the line as 5th V60.

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Congratulations to all three on their races and thanks to Scottish Athletics for another excellent cross country event.  Thanks also to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment for the photos of Paul Kieran and Andy Davis.