The last weekend in August was a successful one for PH Racing Club athletes with our members taking two race wins as well as a second place.
On Friday 27th, Mark Ryan took part in the Dechmont Law Trail 10k in Livingston and finished second overall in a time of 39:32 behind unattached athlete Jamie Meldrum. Mark only joined the club a few weeks ago and also came second in his PH debut, the ‘B’ race at our own QA 5k. On that occasion his time was 17:19. Hopefully it won’t be long before Mark has his first race win in PH colours.
There were a number of races taking place on Sunday 29th which was great to see after so long with none. It was even better to see two PH race victories.
At the Cambus Quarter, Andrew Wright regained the title he won in 2018. The race, organised by Wee County Harriers, is over the unusual distance of a quarter marathon, approximately 6.5 miles or 10.5km, on a multi-terrain course. Andrew posted a superb time of 35:17 to set a new course record. Scott Love ran 41:47 to finish 8th overall with Malcolm Hammond (46:22) and Clare Graham (54:03) the other PH members taking part.
Meanwhile at the Kirkcaldy Parks Trail 10k, Mark Webster was also victorious, timing at 42:49 ahead of Anster Haddies’ Colin McKie. Mark McLean finished as 1st V50 in 44:45. Webster followed up this result with a third place finish at the following weekend’s Last Duel Trail Race in Cardenden Woods.
Also taking place on 29th August was the Perth 10k which boasted a competitive field this year. Fastest of the PH contingent was Aaron Bennet, who ‘shaved’ almost eight minutes off his official (pre-lockdown) 10k PB with a time of 36:22 for 22nd position. Mark Western was 2nd V55 in 40:47, while Gordon Coull, Emma Lessels and Hanna Akel all set new personal best times of 42:21, 42:36 and 43:10 respectively, Emma setting a new PH junior record for the distance.
Well done to all who have been racing and thanks to the various race organisers for putting on these events. Long may it continue! Thanks also to Pete Bracegirdle and Gordon Donnachie for the superb race photos.