There was success for PH Racing Club’s masters athletes at last weekend’s National Cross Country Relay Championships held at Scone Palace.
The men’s masters team was lead off by Robert Sellar, just returning from a long spell of injury, and he put in an excellent run of 14:17 before handing over to Andy Davis. Davis recorded the fastest time of the four, and fourth quickest among all masters athletes, his 12:56 hauling the team into fourth position in the category. Paul Kieran maintained this position running 13:36 and Andrew Wright was able to claw back one more place to finish in 12:59 and secure masters bronze for the team behind Edinburgh AC and Cambuslang Harriers.
There was some confusion at the finish with the bronze medals awarded on the day to Gala Harriers, hence we don’t have a podium picture, but this has all been swiftly rectified with the correct results published. Davis, Kieran and Wright have all previously won national medals with PH but Sellar was especially pleased having last achieved this over 30 years ago!
Before this our women’s team had already completed their race with Kristin Lownie posting the team’s fastest time of 15:06 on the first leg. Julie Menzies also ran an excellent lap of 15:35 before handing over to Louise Lessels who clocked 17:22. This left Susan Allan to take on an anchor leg of 19:41 and bring the team home in 27th position.
Moving back to the men’s race, our senior ‘A’ team started off with Darren Jubb running 13:43. Mike McConnell was fastest in the team with 13:19 and in form Phil Waring also had a good run of 14:23 to more than justify his inclusion. Aaron Bennet continues to go from strength to strength bringing the team home in 40th place overall in 13:27.
The ‘B’ team included Colin Somerville on leg 1 and he got the team off to a good start, running 14:29. Mark Webster then showed he was unlucky to miss out on the ‘A’ team with an excellent run of 14:29. Billy Stewart was next up, timing at 15:58, before Alan McGowan who clocked 15:58 on the final leg.
In most age categories, teams of four each completed a lap of the course, which appeared to have been set just short of the advertised 4km, but the over 50s teams comprised just three runners. PH’s team was lead off by Mark McLean who timed at 15:17. Kevin Hughes ran leg 2 in his first cross country race since school and can be happy with his time of 16:07. Wright Beveridge took on the anchor leg and pulled back a few places to finish in 15:21 with the team in ninth position.
Well done to all and thanks to the race organisers, and to Kristin Lownie and Paul Kieran for the race photos.