PH Racing Club were out in force at Saturday’s Cupar 5 with twenty six members amongst the 250 finishers in this popular early season 5 mile road race. Over the years this Fife AC organised event has attracted a very high quality field of athletes with former winners including Allister Hutton and Liz McColgan who regularly used the race as part of their preparation for the London Marathon. This year’s event was again full of quality with former Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Alistair Hay (Central AC) taking the honours in the Men’s race covering the windswept out and back course in 24.33. The host club’s Jennifer Spence was the first lady in a quick 30.25.
PH athlete Andy Davis transferred his excellent cross country form to the road, placing a superb 9th place overall and 2nd M40 in 27.46. Hot on his heels was in-form Graeme Doig, clocking an impressive 27.50 in 10th position with Michael McConnell timing at 27.55 in 11th.
Jamie Lessels produced another outstanding run finishing 2nd junior on the day (15th overall) in 28.18 while Colin Somerville continued his build up towards the Blackpool Marathon timing at 28.24 (16th). Rab Sellar, on his return from injury, enjoyed a very encouraging race placing 24th in 29.10.
Alan McGowan on his first race in PH colours as a 1st claim member set a new best of 29.32 in 32nd position. There were also PH debuts for Mark Webster with 31.36 and Wullie Haldane who clocked 31.58, as well as a great run by Ed Norton who secured the 2nd Male 60 award, timing at 33.57.
After winning the recent Arbroath Smokies Ten Mile Race, Kristin Lownie was back in competitive action at Cupar where she made the podium placing 3rd lady in a fast 31.17. Julie Menzies was also amongst the prizes crossing the line in 33.03 in 6th position and 2nd Female 40. Clare Graham completed the PH trio covering her 5 miles in 38.34. Overall an outstanding day for all of PH Racing Club members with many personal bests set and fast times recorded.
On Sunday afternoon, Dan Monaghan and Gordon Lawson toed the start line at the annual Inverness Half Marathon in the Scottish Highlands. Both athletes showed the benefit of their winter training and were rewarded with personal best performances despite the windy conditions. Dan maintained an average pace of 5 mins 46 seconds per mile to reach the finish in an excellent 1.15.44 ,placing 24th overall from the 2128 runners taking part. Gordon covered his 13.1 miles in a new best of 1.23.39 finishing 82nd overall.
Thanks to Karen Thomson, Pete Bracegirdle and Jennifer Caldwell for the race photographs.