Hawick Moor was the venue last Saturday for the first East League meeting since January 2020 and it was a strong start to the competition for PH Racing Club, particularly, once again, in the masters category. There had been a bit of doubt as to whether the event would be able to take place after flooding during the week but, with the racecourse on higher ground, hosts Teviotdale Harriers were correct to go ahead.

The women’s race consisted of two laps of a large double loop to give 6.4km while the men had to endure another small loop to bring the distance up to 8km. The majority of the course was heavily water-logged, making for tough running conditions.

In the men’s race, quickest from the club was cross country specialist Darren Jubb who found course to his liking, finishing in 31:29 in 25th place. Paul Kieran was the only member of the previous week’s bronze medal winning relay team who was able to take part and he also had a good run coming in 31st overall, and perhaps more importantly, 4th master, in 32:17. Also 4th in his age category was Aaron Bennet whose run of 32:46 secured that position in the under 20 division.

Mark Webster was the next to finish, 10th master, in 33:24 and he was closely followed by Colin Somerville (33:40) and Phil Waring (33:42) who completed the six counting places and put the club in 6th position in the league after the first race. It was left to Scott Love to fill the final masters counting spot, his time of 34:13 making him the 18th over 40 and putting the team in 2nd position in the masters table with 32 points to defending champions Corstorphine’s 25.

In the women’s race Susan Allan was the only PH representative, timing at 37:10 for her two laps. Hopefully we will have an increased turnout for both men and women at the next meeting at Camperdown Park, Dundee on 20th November!

Well done to all who took part and thanks to hosts Teviotdale Harriers for putting on an excellent race. Thanks also to Alex Corbett for the race photos.