One of the newest recruits to PH Racing Club is Judy Turner, who joined just a few weeks ago, but has already put together a string of impressive performances culminating in a gold medal at last week’s East District Hill Championships.
Having started off the month with a couple of Blast 5k races in Edinburgh, Judy placed third female at the Wamphray Glen Race near Moffat on 23rd May. A mix up with the course markings cost her a minute and a potential second place with an eventual finishing time of 40:13.
The next weekend’s racing was closer to home, Lochore Meadows, for the Frostbite Trail Race, an odd name for an event at which sunburn was far more likely. On this occasion Turner finished first female in a time of 32:11 and was joined by a number of clubmates including Aaron Bennet, who placed second overall in 28:48. Mark Webster covered the 7.5km course in 31:37 to finish seventh overall while Clare Graham finished as first V50.
Of course, this was just a warm up for the previously mentioned midweek hill championships which were incorporated into the Red Moss Kips Hill Race near Balerno. This race took place over a 10.5km course with 350m of climbing and Judy’s time of 58:49 placed her as first V45 but also ahead of all the V40s in the race to round off May with a district gold medal.
Last but not least was a trip to the Glen Lyon Trail Race, advertised as 15 miles, but in actual fact more like 15.5, and with seven river crossings. Turner put in another excellent run to place as second female overall with official times not yet published at time of writing.
Well done to Judy on an excellent series of races and thanks to the various race organisers for putting the events on and to Fiona Rennie for the excellent race photos.