Last Sunday saw the welcome return of championship road racing with the Stirling 10k, incorporating the Scottish 10k Championships, and there was further medal success for PH Racing Club with both the men and ladies picking up medals.
Olympian Andrew Butchart of host club Central AC lived up to his billing as the hot favourite to take the overall win, with Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers doing likewise in the women’s race. Behind them were a number of excellent performances by our own athletes.
Fastest for PH was Andrew Wright who took over one minute off the previous club record to time at 32:40 and win a bronze Scottish Championship V40 medal for the third time at this event. Paul Kieran was exactly one minute behind, finishing in sixth place in the highly competitive V40 category and also inside the previous club record. Just over a minute behind him was Graeme Doig who posted a time of 34:38.
With only three ladies entered it meant all were counters in the team competition but, as has often been the case, they came up with the goods to win a team silver in the Scottish Championship. First home was Kristin Lownie, taking over 40 seconds off her previous best time to finish in 37:29 and place 8th female overall. Julie Menzies sliced an even bigger chunk off her PB, running 39 minutes dead. This followed her 5k PB earlier in the week and was only 10 seconds off a V40 medal position. Last but not least was Louise Lessels who completed the team with a solid run of 44:17.
Back in the men’s race, Aaron Bennet took another 38 seconds off the time he set at last month’s Perth 10k to continue his recent progress. There were also excellent performances from Wright Beveridge (37:11) and Mark McLean (37:27) to place 7th and 8th in the V50 category. Mark Webster couldn’t quite stick with his namesake over the second half of the race and finished in 38:19.
In the V60s there was a highly respectable 8th position for Ed Norton, just a few days shy of his 70th birthday. Hs finishing time of 43:33 was in fact over 90 seconds clear of the winner of his new age category so there are hopefully a lot more medals to come for him.
Well done all those who took part including those not mentioned here and thanks to Central AC and Scottish Athletics for a well organised event. Thanks also to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment for the superb race photos.