There was more racing for PH athletes over the weekend, in the hills at Falkland, and on the track at Meadowmill, both in very windy conditions.
Julie Menzies was first female at the Saturday’s Falkland Hill Race with an excellent time of 35:02 to show she could be a force to be reckoned with on the hills. First to cross the line was Andrew Wright but a wrong turn coupled with the wave format meant his time of 28:49 was second overall, despite a valiant attempt to claw back the lost minutes.
Having joined Andrew Wright on his unintentional detour, Bryan Innes still made the top 10 in 33:39, just ahead of club mate Billy Stewart (33:41). Mark Mclean was first V50 with 34:34 in 12th overall while Kristin Lownie finished 5th female despite the steep climb and descent not being to her liking.
Allen Marr and Scott Love were back in action on the track on Sunday, joined this time by Paul Kieran. This week’s race was over 1500m at the final meet of the short season at Meadowmill in East Lothian. With a large number of seeded heats the three from PH did not race each other but, unsurprisingly, the quickest of the trio was Kieran in 4:41:48. Love ran 5:07:38 and Marr had another good run of 5:15:80 in spite of the difficult conditions.
The previous weekend Martin Butcher took on Holy Island Marathon over an interesting multi-terrain route from the Scottish Borders, into England and across the causeway to the island itself, off the coast of Northumberland. Ultra enthusiast Butcher also took a wrong turn meaning he ran about 28 miles in total but still came in third overall.
Well done to all and thanks to all race organisers for their hard work in getting races back up and running. Thanks also to Pete Bracegirdle and Bobby Gavin for the excellent race photos. Next up is Friday’s Monument Mile at Stirling University with a healthy PH contingent on the start list.