With all official competition now cancelled until July at least last weekend’s second Scottish Athletics virtual event provided some motivation for a number of our members with 22 members taking on the challenge of running as far as possible within a 15 minute period.

Following on from the Virtual Relays over the Easter Weekend where some runs appeared to have been run down a mountain with a tailwind in a GPS black hole the rules were tightened up on this occasion with laps required to be a minimum of 1km and downhill and point to point runs also prohibited.  Fortunately, the Pan Handle Loop measures in at approximately 1.1km and so provided an excellent location for a number of our local members to complete their run.

There were a number of different sets of results produced: individual overall and by age category; a team option made up of two male and two female; and total club distance run, which obviously favoured clubs with higher membership.  In the team competition the teams were made up of the fastest two males and females in the ‘A’ team, next two in the ‘B’ team, etc.  Of course with all runs being self-timed, or measured in this case, they do need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but there were certainly some performances that warrant a report in the absence of proper racing.

The PH ‘A’ team comprised Andrew Thomson, Paul Kieran, Kristin Lownie and Gayle Lindsay.  The two males both completed their runs on a flat loop in Rosyth and both came second in their respective age categories, under 17 and over 45.  Thomson put in a tremendous run of 4.77km while Kieran also posted a fine distance of 4.62km.  Lownie chose the Pan Handle for her run and was the leading athlete in the over 35 category with 4.14km.  Lindsay once again ran at her base in Bermuda and her distance of 4.04km secured 6th position for the team.

The ‘B’ team of Craig Paterson (4.38km), Ewan Taylor (4.35km), Julie Menzies (3.98km) and Zoe Stuart (3.63km) all ran, separately, at the Loop and finished in a creditable 19th position, with Menzies covering the furthest distance in the over 45 category.  The ‘C’ team was made up of Martin Butcher (4.29km), Gary Pirie (4.26km), Katrina Lindsay (3.47km) and Clare Graham (2.90km) with team members completing their runs in such exotic locations as Glenrothes and the British Virgin Islands, as well as Dunfermline.

There was also a masters category and as usual this was where PH Racing Club fared best with the team of Paul Kieran, Ewan Taylor, Julie Menzies and Zoe Stuart finishing second to Edinburgh AC.  A number of other members put in good performances with most around the four kilometre mark.  Ed Norton managed 3.80km to rank second in the over 65s and he combined with Malcolm Hammond (3.50km) to ensure PH logged the highest mileage in this age group.

Well done and thanks to all who took part.  Next up is a One Mile Time Trial over the weekend of 8-11th May and the hunt is on for suitable locations!

Picture by Bobby Gavin/Scottish Athletics