A number of PH athletes were in action in the two big marathons at the weekend in Inverness and London, both events back after a hiatus in 2020.
At Loch Ness, Graeme Doig followed up on his recent personal bests over the 5k, 10k and half marathon distances with a new best of 2:37:46, to take 4th place overall and almost 3 minutes off the previous club record. This will have come as a shock to many with his participation having been a closely guarded secret in the lead up to the race. Club mate Ewan Taylor was not far behind in 7th, the same position as 2019, but in a faster time of 2:42:52. Last of the PH entrants, but certainly not least, was Philip Waring who ran a superb 2:52:36 on his marathon debut. To make it even more impressive he ran a negative split on a course with a huge downhill start and tough hills towards the end.
Meanwhile, at the London Marathon, Wright Beveridge was the quickest of the PH contingent, timing at 3:07:28, with Bryan Innes just over a minute behind, crossing the line in 3:08:51. Jason Buttery was the recipient of the PH club place, which has proven to be a bit of a poisoned chalice in recent years, and was also fundraising for the Lullaby Trust in memory of his grandson, Theo. Well done to Jason for toughing it out to finish in 4:13:46 and remember – “marathons don’t run themselves”.