Saturday was another fantastic day for the successful PH masters, with a number of medals won at the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships at Balgownie, Aberdeen.
The women ran first, along with the over 65 men, who all completed a three lap, 6k course. Fastest for PH was Kristin Lownie who finished 7th in a strong F40 category in 25:12. Not far behind was regular training partner Julie Menzies who picked up our first medal of the day, bronze in the F45 category, having run 25:33. Louise Lessels was the final counter for the women’s combined F40/45 who won an excellent team silver medal behind Garscube Harriers. Clare Graham completed the PH female finishers in 29:43 placing 7th in the F50 category.
Running alongside them was the PH trio of Ed Norton, Malcom Hammond and Allen Marr but unfortunately there was no team competition for the over 65 men, a particularly strong category for the club. Nevertheless, Norton and Hammond picked up silver and bronze in the M70 category with runs of 27:42 and 28:21 respectively. Marr finished 6th in the M65 section with a time of 29:20.
It was then the turn of the younger men who covered a longer 8k course. In-form Andy Davis was once again the top performer with a superb run of 27:27 to secure V45 silver. Andrew Wright was just outside the medals in the same category, timing at 28:47 in 4th, just ahead of clubmate Paul Kieran, 5th in 29 minutes dead. With four counters required for the combined V40/45 men’s team it was left to Robert Sellar, 13th V45 to complete the team which finished in gold medal position, ahead of Central AC.
We also had three runners to make up a combined M50/55/60 team with Scott McDonald the quickest from that cohort, timing at 30:59. The two Marks, McLean and Western, followed him in 33:27 and 34:26 respectively to place the team 8th overall.
Mark Webster also had a good run, finishing in 30:56, perhaps with one eye on Sunday’s Forfar Multi Terrain Half Marathon in which he finished 11th overall and 4th M40 in 1:29:02. Susan Allan was a bit more sensible, saving herself for Sunday’s Falkirk 33 Mile Ultra which she completed in 6:14:46.
The men’s masters were also presented by Alex Jackson with the Sandy Cameron Masters Cup following their recent victory in the East District League. Thanks to Alex for bringing this up to Aberdeen and all his work on this season’s league.
The next big event looks to be next Sunday’s Scottish Masters Indoor Championships where a number of PH athletes are set to take part including this week’s medal winners Julie Menzies and Ed Norton, who will be looking to win a Scottish Athletics medal for the third weekend in a row!
Well done to all who raced this weekend and thanks to Scottish Athletics and hosts Metro Aberdeen for the excellent organisation. Thanks also to Paul Coxall, John Mill and Kristin Lownie for the race and presentation photos.