Friday saw the long-awaited 3rd running of the Monument Mile Classic at Stirling University. The event was twice postponed, in May and July, so it was fantastic to see it go ahead at last and produce some superb performances including not one, but two, sub four minute miles in the elite men’s race. Jonathan Davies was first across the line, closely followed by Ian Crowe-Wright, the first times this feat has been achieved on Scottish soil since 2009.
Before that there were a number of excellent performances from PH Racing Club athletes, most of whom set new PB in their graded heats. First up in heat 4 were Allen Marr and Alan Cockburn who was making his third appearance at the event. The two enjoyed an excellent tussle and both improved their positions towards the end of the race with Marr coming out on top in a new personal best of 5:28.70 with Cockburn not far behind in 5:29.87.
Next on the track was 16 year old Aaron Bennet who has been making excellent progress recently and in all honesty should probably have been in a later heat. He didn’t let this stop him though, leading from the gun by an ever-increasing margin to break the tape in a new best time for the mile of 5:10.14, over 11 seconds ahead of second placed Ewan Jack of home club Central A.C.
Scott Love in race 7 and Alan McGowan in 9 also produced new personal best times of 5:16.21 and 5:11.79 respectively and can be pleased with their runs. Paul Kieran found the conditions much more to his liking than the previous Sunday’s 1500m and put in an excellent performance to also set a new best of 4:46.20. The final PH competitor of the evening was Jamie Lessels who also dipped under the 5 minute mark, timing at 4:58.46.
Well done to all who took part and also to Michael Wright and his team from Central A.C. for managing to get the event on and running so smoothly. Thanks to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment and Ross Bennet for the race photographs.