Sunday saw the return of the popular Tom Scott Memorial 10 Mile Race which incorporated the Scottish 10 Mile Championship, as well as the third event on the PH Racing Club Championship. This meant that a healthy contingent of PH athletes made the trip over to Strathclyde Park and, once again, a number of them left with national medals.
First finisher for PH was Paul Kieran who moves into pole position in the Club Championship as the fastest to have completed all three races so far. His time of 56:32 placed him as 7th V40 in a very strong field. Next was Michael McConnell whose 57:46 got him off the mark having missed the previous two events.
Aaron Bennet also had a strong run in his longest race to date, posting a time of 59:12 to move him well up the table. He would undoubtedly be even higher had he not had the disadvantage of being too young to run the senior race at the National XC, and therefore unable to get any points. Stuart Meiklejohn enjoyed a run of 62:19 in his first 10 mile race which moved him into second position having also completed all three races so far.
As a past winner of the Smokies 10, Kristin Lownie is no stranger to 10 mile races, but this was her first mixed race over the distance, resulting in a new personal best of 64:06 and a Scottish V40 bronze. Michael Lindsay had another good run, his first as a V40, finishing in 64:34 and Mark Western also continued his excellent form with a time of 65:43. Only 7 seconds behind was Julie Menzies who remains at the top of the Club Championship leaderboard by a single point.
Gordon Coull ran a personal best of 67:05 to also put his first Club Championship points on the board. Next home were Ed Norton and Louise Lessels, both timed at 71:32, with Lessels given the nod in the official results, though this observer thought that Norton had won out in a sprint finish. Nevertheless both won medals with Norton adding another V70 gold to his ever-growing collection. Lessels, along with Lownie and Menzies, added a team bronze to the team silvers won over 10k and XC over the last few months.
The final PB of the day went to Susan Allan who completed her race in 81:23. Well done to all and thanks to organisers Law and District AAC and Scottish Athletics for putting on another excellent race. Thanks also to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment, Ross Bennet and Paul Kieran for the photos.