There was once again an excellent PH turnout at Pitreavie Stadium for the third and final Open Mile meeting of 2020, this time with the added option of two 3000m races. Unfortunately, it seems likely to have also been the last official race for some time.
A late December frost presented unusual conditions for track racing and some of those athletes who turned up without spikes decided not to risk the slippy track. There were nevertheless three PH members in the faster of the 3000m races. GB para international Owen Miller of Fife AC lead the way, with James Adam the quickest for PH in 9:08.4. Andrew Thomson and Paul Kieran both had good runs on their debut in the event. Thomson held off Fife’s Reiss Marshall to finish in 9:19.7, and Kieran was not far behind, timing at 9:34.4.
In the second race, Alan McGowan lead for almost seven laps before being out-sprinted over the final 250m by club mate Scott Love, who timed at 10:35.7 to set a new PB over the distance. Rolf Gunnemann, also from Fife AC, prevented a PH 1-2-3 with Paul Hammond settling for fourth in 10:59.4.
In the first and fastest mile heat, Robert Sellar finished second to Fife’s Ben Kinninmonth in 5:12.1 with Aaron Bennet also having a good race in the cool conditions to time at 5:25.7. Graham McInnes and Michael Lindsay recorded new bests of 5:31.1 and 5:51.2 respectively.
In heat two, Allen Marr (pictured at a previous race) achieved his goal of ranking first in the UK for 2020 in his new V65 age category. Even more remarkably, his time of 5:38.3 catapulted him straight into the UK all time top 10! Having run almost 10 seconds faster earlier in the season, while still a V60, it would not be a surprise to see him climb further up the rankings in the future. Just behind Marr was Julie Menzies who knocked almost 12 seconds off her previous month’s debut mile time, clocking 5:40.5 on this occasion to rank fourth V45 in the UK in 2020.
In heat three, Susan Allan, sporting her PH vest for the first time, had targeted a sub 7 minute time having just missed out on this in November and achieved it with a run of 6:57.3.
Well done to all who ran and thanks to Pitreavie AAC and officials for putting on these races in difficult circumstances, and far from ideal weather conditions. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we are back racing again.