With the road racing season starting in earnest and the races coming thick and fast, PH have seen a lot of action in the west of Scotland over the last month.
Starting on Saturday 29th February, PH Racing Club debuted at the 50th anniversary of the Allan Scally 4 x 5k Relay superbly hosted in Glasgow Green by Shettleston Harriers.
A team of four runners covering all age ranges from junior through to masters represented the club very well in largest field ever assembled at the Scally relays.
The fast 5k route heads from the start along the Clyde, twists and turns through Glasgow Green and then finishes back along the Clyde.
The pace was furious from the start, with Dan Monaghan taking the team out on leg 1. Dan was in familiar company as he battled away against many of same runners that he lined up against earlier in the month at the Glasgow University 5 Mile Road Race. Following on from a top 10 finish at the very wet GU 5, where he clocked a credible time of 28:25, Dan continued he return to racing setting PH’s fastest time of the day. A great new personal best of 16:25 put the team in 25th place after the first leg.
Jamie Lessels was up next and set the fastest junior time of the day with a very impressive performance. Jamie went out hard and put in another quality 5k time of 16:36, not only was this the fastest junior time, it was the 15th fastest time of leg two, moving PH right up the placings going into the second half of the race. This time is also the fastest 5k ever ran by a PH junior member, a huge congratulations to Jamie on this achievement.
Gordon Lawson, another PH runner continuing his return to racing action, was up next putting in a solid 18:14 on his leg. Tony Quinn ran the anchor leg, timing 21:46 to bring the team home in 41st position out of 151 full finishing teams.
On Sunday March 1st, Craig Patterson was also in the west of the country, racing at the Cambuslang Harriers’ Down by the River 10k. Craig set a new personal best of 36:34 showing a huge improvement on his previous times since joining the club.
This was the second race in as many weeks for Craig having placed 15th at the Kirkintilloch 12.5k where he ran 47:56 to come home in 15th position. Craig was joined by new PH member Alan McGowan who enjoyed almost instant success after following PH training for the last few weeks as he finished 30th overall clocking 49:38 in the undulating course.
Another new member, Oliver Koch, ran the Meadows Marathon as part of his qualification for the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious ultramarathon in the world. Although not in the west, Oliver’s time of 3.12:44 over the multi lap course, in Edinburgh, gave him the time he needed for Comrades Marathon. The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89km which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Thank you to Steve Adam and Gordon Donnachie for the race day photographs as well Shettleston Harriers, Cambuslang Harriers and all other race organisers for hosting some quality races.