There was a gold medal for PH Racing Club’s Ed Norton at Saturday’s Scottish Athletics Short Course XC Championships at Lanark Racecourse where club athletes were able to rub shoulders with Olympians Laura Muir, Andy Butchart and Jake Wightman.
Norton topped the podium in the V70 category with a superb run of 17:47 over the 4km course in windy conditions which made the flat course more challenging than it might otherwise have been. Frank McMahon of Greenock Glenpark Harriers took the silver, running 19:27 ahead of Edinburgh AC’s Eric Stevenson who finished in 19:34 for bronze. Remarkably, given his achievements since taking up running in his sixties, this is Ed’s first national medal, having previously finished in the podium places only to find there were no medals awarded for his category. All at the club are very pleased to see him rewarded in this way.
John Crookston has previously won V60 silver and bronze in this event but was just outside the medals on this occasion, finishing in 15:52. The was just 11 seconds behind bronze medallist John Oates of Shettleston Harriers, whose son Lachlan occupied the same position in the overall race. Well done regardless to our John on another good performance.
Further up the field, top finisher for PH was under 20 athlete Aaron Bennet who ran 14:15. Mark Webster was next home, timing at 15:05, ahead of Scott Love (15:24). Mark McLean (16:04) and JM Macdonald (16:07) were just behind Crookston. Ross Bennet also had a solid run of 19:57 and was happy to be competing alongside son Aaron, even if he was a few minutes behind!
In the women’s race Kristin Lownie was the top performer for the club finishing 64th in 15:54. Birthday girl Julie Menzies wasn’t too far behind, recording 16:17 for 74th place and 5th in the V40 category. Finally for PH, but still well ahead of many others, was Clare Graham who completed her race in 19 minutes exactly.
Well done to everyone and thanks to Scottish Athletics for putting on another excellent event.