PH Racing Club’s Andrew Wright was in action again at the weekend at the Scottish Senior Hill Running Championships near Dingwall. The race was hosted by Highland Hill Runners and was incorporated into their Alex Brett Cioch Mhor Hill Race which takes place over a 13km out and back course with 690m of climbing. The event is normally held in March but was postponed this year.
Wright followed up his recent Scottish 10k V40 bronze medal and race wins at the Cambus Quarter and Eagle Hill Fell Race with another excellent performance over a muddy course in the Highlands. His time of 1:10:07 placed him in 5th position overall and ensured he retained his V40 title won last year at Comrie.
On Sunday there were more PH athletes putting their marathon training to the test, although in Craig Paterson’s case there has been a lot less than he would have liked. Nevertheless he put in a remarkable performance to finish the Manchester Marathon in a sub-three time of 2:59:18 after only three weeks training. Mark McLean had done rather more work and managed a personal best time of 3:08:56, giving him a ‘good for age time’ for most other marathons.
Also on Sunday, Louise Lessels took the prize for third female in her half marathon debut at the Neil McCover Memorial Half Marathon. The event takes place over an undulating route around Kirkintilloch and Lessels timed at 1:38:35, with Gordon Coull also running a personal best of 1:35:58.
Darran Neilson was fastest of the PH contingent at Sunday’s Lochore 10k where the course consisted of two clockwise laps of the loch. Neilson timed at 42:05 while Ed Norton was first in the V70 category, running 44:46, and Clare Graham was also happy with her time of 51:43.
Well done to all and thanks to the various race organisers. Photo of Andrew Wright from a previous race by Pete Bracegirdle.