With all racing off we have to make do once again with virtual racing with a couple of recent events to report on. There were number of strong runs but we must of course add the caveat that these are all self-timed!

Between Christmas and New Year the British Masters Athletics Federation held their Virtual 10k with half a dozen PH members taking part, and two of them topping their age categories in this national competition.

Five of the six recorded their runs at Rosyth Dockyard which seems to be the new favourite place to go for fast times! Kristin Lownie (W35) and Julie Menzies (W45) both topped their age groups with excellent runs of 38:16 and 39:44 respectively. Paul Kieran also put in a superb run to log 33:58 and finish second M45.

Lownie had Martin Butcher for company on her run but he couldn’t stay with her, finishing in 39:17. Iain Taylor had a similar experience on his run with Menzies, nevertheless posting a respectable 40:16.

Clackmannanshire resident Malcolm Hammond was the only one of the six to run elsewhere, on a similar route to our own Tilli 10k race between Dollar and Tillicoultry. He also managed a podium position, in the M70 category, with a third place time of 44:25.

Last weekend Scottish Athletics held their latest virtual challenge with the required distance dependent on the age of the participant.

As an under 17, Andrew Thomson targeted a 5k, again at Rosyth Dockyard, and finished in an excellent time of 16:30 for 5th place.

Seniors and masters had to run an unusual distance of 8k and only three did so with Paul Hammond the quickest among them, his 30:43 completed in Kirkcaldy. Scott Love ran 31:05 at the familiar setting of The Loop while Michael Lindsay also found his way to the dockyard to run his 31:26 and complete the PH team of three which finished in 14th position.

Well done to all and thanks to British Masters and Scottish Athletics for keeping these events going. Photos by Steve Adam.