There was a superb turnout from PH Racing Club at Saturday’s Dunfermline parkrun, which was most definitely a race on this occasion, with the coveted Festive Parkrun trophies up for grabs.

After an enforced hiatus last year, 2019 winners Paul Kieran and Kristin Lownie were both on the start line in Pittencrieff Park to defend their titles, along with age graded champion John Crookston. Kieran enjoyed a battle with 2018 winner Andrew Wright, the latter coming out on top with a time of 17:16. Observers noted that the winning margin seemed bigger than the single second shown in the official results but there was no doubting the overall result.

Mark Ryan, Bryan Innes and Graeme Doig also enjoyed a close race, all finishing just over the 18 minute mark with Doig running the Dunfermline course for the first time. Another minute back, Kristin Lownie successfully defended her women’s title, finishing in new V40 course record time of 19:07, having competed throughout with Mark Webster who finished a single second ahead. Slightly further back again was Scott Love, holding off John Crookston who nevertheless won the age graded title with his time of 19:28 giving a score of 85.36%.

Well done to unattached runner Alexander Webb who managed to break the PH domination of the top 10 with run of 20 minutes dead, just ahead of another four PH athletes. Julie Menzies was 11th overall, taking second place in the women’s ‘race’ in 20:05 and was closely followed by Paul Hammond, Alan McGowan and Michael Lindsay in 12th, 13th and 14th respectively. Menzies time was also a new course record, for the V45 age category, and gave an age grading of 82.49%

Mark Western was 16th in 20:29 and Ed Norton was 21st in a new V70 course record time of 21:44 giving an age grading of 81.13%. Fellow V70 Malcolm Hammond timed at 22:16 (80.16%) in 24th with Alan Cockburn separating the two in 23rd position.

A number of other members also came along to run. Well done to all and thanks to this week’s Run Director Hazel and all the volunteers for putting on the event every week and being so welcoming. It certainly set us up nicely for our Christmas night out in the evening.

The photo of John Crookston leading a chasing pack is actually from 2019 which the eagle-eyed among you will have realised due to the new improved course this year!