PH athletes were in action on both the east and west coasts of Scotland at the weekend over distances at the opposite end of the distance running spectrum.

On Saturday, Alan McGowan and Susan Wilmanski took on the 32 mile Kintyre Way Ultra along the northern section of the Kintyre Way from Tayinloan to Tarbert. To comply with current guidance runners were set off at 30 second intervals, and no one was able to catch first off Kieran Cooper of St Andrew’s University who went on to win in a new course record. McGowan’s time of 5:20:21 placed him 13th overall while Wilmanski finished 7th female in 6:18:09.

On Sunday, Allen Marr was back at Meadowmill in East Lothian for another 800m track race. With each heat now able to accommodate five runners, and no requirement to run in lanes for the full distance, Marr was able to improve on last week’s effort with a time of 2:27.86. This time ranks him third V60 for outdoor 800m in the UK this year and would surely have been good enough for yet another national medal had the championships been held this year.

Back at the Pan Handle Loop on Tuesday night it was the Grand Finale of the series of handicapped challenges set by coach Ben Hukins since racing stopped in March. The final event was a time trial over 2 laps of the Loop with James Adam the fastest on the evening recording a superb time of 6:44 for the 2.2km course. Julie Menzies time of 7:52 earned her the overall title for the series. Here’s hoping Julie and others in the club will be back winning some real race prizes very soon.

Thanks to Lynda Macdonald for the Kintyre Way Ultra photo.