Andrew Thomson posted an excellent time at the Pitreavie Open Meet on 9th May. Competing over 1500m, Thomson stormed home in a new personal best and club record time of 4:08.9 with a 12 second winning margin over second-placed Reiss Marshall of Fife A.C. Clubmates Jamie Lessels and Aaron Bennet also ran new best times of 4:38.7 and 4:46 respectively. Thomson and Lessels, along with veteran track specialist Allen Marr and a number of other PH athletes will be taking part in this weekend’s second Pitreavie meet and, before that, the Monument Mile in Stirling.
Off the track there have been a number of other recent performances of note. In the British Virgin Islands, Katrina Lindsay continued her winning streak in the Hauteville Trust 5k Series, placing first female in the third event, the West End 5k, in a new personal best time of 19:15. Lindsay, who also came out on top in the West End 2 Mile in November will no doubt be looking forward to extending her run at the weekend’s Paraquita 5k.
In Edinburgh the Blast Runs have made a welcome return with a number of PH athletes taking part so far, both on Tuesdays in the Meadows, and Sundays at Silverknowes. In this Sunday’s 9am 5k race Paul Kieran took first place in 16:38. In the 10am race, Gary Pirie ran a new personal best of 17:43. New member Judy Turner has taken part in both events so far and improved her time from a fortnight ago to a new mark of 20:44.
Last Sunday, Blast Running put on the Dalmeny Half Marathon which had a rather nasty hill climb and descent in the middle to catch out those who had not studied the route map. Top PH performer was the improving Mark McLean who placed first V50 in 92:42, a far better time than it looks, given the tough course.
Running further still was Martin Butcher, who took part in the Holy Island Marathon for the second year in a row. He once again finished in third place in a time of 4:01:52, and covered slightly less than last year’s 28 miles, though still well over marathon distance. This certainly looks like an interesting multi-terrain route from the Scottish Borders, into England and across the causeway to the island itself, off the coast of Northumberland.
Last but not least, Mark Webster took on last weekend’s 32 mile Kintyre Way Ultra, finishing sixth overall in 4:56:26. Mark is pictured below with race winner Nicholas Gemmell. It’s certainly great to see our members back racing. Hopefully we will have plenty more events to report on in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Steve Adam for the track photos