PH Racing Club took advantage of the easing of restrictions, on Scottish Athletics Virtual Challenges, by booking Pitreavie track for members to complete their efforts in last weekend’s 3k, 5k and 10k events.

Earlier in the summer track runs were not accepted but this has now been relaxed, provided a qualified coach is present, and a number of members took part in Saturday’s session under the watchful eye of club coach Ben Hukins.

In the 3k, James Adam was fastest with 9:37, holding off a superb challenge from Jamie Lessels who ran 9:40 with Paul Kieran another 3 seconds back.  Alan McGowan finished in 10.33 and Scott Love held off Kristin Lownie timing at 10:55 to her 10:59.  Mary Western ran 12:29 to finish first V55 in the virtual competition and Michael Lindsay, who couldn’t make the track session, posted 11:15 later at The Loop. The club placed fourth overall in the 3k event with Adam fastest senior male and Kieran topping the V45 table. The ‘B’ team of three also placed high with McGowan and Love first and second V40s and Lownie second V35.

Bryan Innes was fastest at the track over the 5k distance in 18:21 though he was not entered in the official challenge. Julie Menzies was happy with her best time of 19:01 to place as first V45 overall as she edges ever closer to 19 minutes. Ed Norton can also be pleased with his time of 20:19 to finish as first V65.

Last on the track were the 10k runners lead by Robert Sellar who crossed the line in 36:11. Wright Beveridge was close to his 10k PB in 36:54, just 10 seconds ahead of Paul Hammond. These trio also combined to place as third team in the virtual competition. Incredibly, Hammond’s time was over five minutes quicker than his personal best from last December’s Tilli 10k, the day he joined PH Racing Club!  Mark McLean also ran well inside his 10k best, timing at 37:33.  Beveridge and McLean were first and second V50s in the overall 10k competition while Sellar and Hammond were both second in their respective categories, V45 and V35.

A few of the above will be hoping these performances will help gain entry to forthcoming ‘real’ events having placed so highly in the overall virtual competition.

The only PH athletes who were able to take part in Saturday’s Scottish Athletics Short Course XC at Scone Palace were Andrew Thomson and Aaron Bennet. Thomson finished the 3k course in 10:02, just five seconds ahead of clubmate Bennet.

Well done to all and thanks to Ben Hukins and Dan Monaghan for organising the Pitreavie event, to Scottish Athletics and to Steve Adam for the superb photos.