PH Racing Club’s masters followed their recent success at cross country and indoor track racing with a superb second place finish at the National 6/4 Stage Relay Championships at Livingston yesterday. Runners took on alternate legs of approx 3.1 miles and 5.8 miles with the seniors and masters completing 6 legs in total, while the over 50s were in a team of 4.
Club coach Ben Hukins made his first claim debut for PH on leg 1 and will have been pleased to get one over on former club Cambuslang Harriers who finished in 4th place. Hukins timed at 17:20 for his short leg before handing on to Scott McDonald who ran a longer leg, finishing in 34:30. Next up were the two Marks, Webster and Ryan, who ran their short and long legs in 17:48 and 35:00 respectively. The final short leg was run by Robert Sellar in 18:18 before Paul Kieran’s anchor leg of 34:49 secured silver medals between winners Corstorphine AAC and 3rd placed Gala Harriers.
The talk before the race had been about whether the senior men would actually manage to beat the masters and they did just that, albeit by just one place. Aaron Bennet got the team off to a great start on the lead off leg with a run of 16:53, handing over to Michael McConnell, who registered the club’s fastest long leg of the day, timing at 33:54. James Adam put his recent Kenyan training camp to good use with a 16:35 on the hilly short leg and Colin Somerville then put in an effort of 36:05 for the longer lap. Darren Jubb followed this with a 17:48 short leg before David Burlton brought the team home in 34:21 in 20th place overall.
The over 50 team also managed a solid run, finishing in 8th position overall, despite losing Scott McDonald to the younger age category. Wright Beveridge ran leg 1 which he completed in 20:12. Mark McLean then ran the longer leg 2 in 37:44 before passing onto V70 Ed Norton, who put in an excellent time of 21:06. Anchor man Gary Pirie rounded things off with a time of 40:14.
Well done also to B team/reserves Ross Bennet, Scott Love and Michael Lindsay who gave their all despite being in an incomplete team. Thanks to Iain Taylor for organising the teams which turned out to be spot on, and to Scottish Athletics and all the volunteers for putting on such a fantastic event once again. Last but not least thanks to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment for the excellent presentation and race photos.