A large contingent of PH Racing Club members made their way to Grangemouth on Easter Sunday with a number of them on the hunt for medals rather than eggs. This year’s Round The Houses 10k race also incorporated the East District 10k Championships, the British Masters 10k Championships and, most importantly, the fourth event of the PH Club Championships!

Leading the way for PH Racing Club was Andrew Wright who finished 11th overall in 33:08 to win East District masters gold. Paul Kieran finished in 34:33 to win gold in the British Masters V45 category and also strengthen his hold on the Club Championship lead, having run all four events so far.

Ewan Taylor was next home in 35:18, with Aaron Bennet and Mark Ryan not far behind in 35:48 and 35:50 respectively, Bennet also finishing as third U20 in the race. Scott McDonald (36:13) managed to hold off Robert Sellar (36:36) and he wasn’t far ahead of Mark Webster who set a new personal best of 36:49 despite the warm conditions.

Things are hotting up in the women’s Club Championship with Julie Menzies recording another win over Kristin Lownie to pull a point further ahead after four races. Menzies’ time of 39:21 won her an East District masters silver with Lownie picking up bronze. They also combined with Clare Graham to win the prize for first ladies masters team, although Clare’s time of 48:49 was in fact exactly the same as Susan Allan!

Also entered in the British Championship were Malcolm Hammond and Ed Norton who managed a 1-2 in the V70 category after a close race which Norton lead for much of. Hammond was able to overtake him in the closing stages to win gold in 43:33 to Norton’s 43:40. Well done to both on another terrific performance.

Last Friday we saw the welcome return of Fife AC’s Kirkcaldy Race Series with the first event a 2 miler at Ravenscraig Park. First finisher for PH was Aaron Bennet, who finished 6th overall and 1st under 20 in 10:25. In form Mark Webster set a new club V40 record for the distance of 11:04 and he was followed by Dan Monaghan, who was happy to pace at a decent lick and post a time of 11:13 on his comeback from long-term injury. Scott Love finished in 11:44 ahead of Michael Lindsay (12:04) while Ross Bennet warmed up for Grangemouth with a time of 14:30 to place as 2nd V50.

Last Sunday, recent recruit Peter Gibson made his debut in a PH vest at the Edinburgh Kilomathon which these days is a metric half marathon, 13.1km. Gibson enjoyed an excellent race finishing in 48:33 for 10th place. Darran Neilson was the only other PH member taking part, running 57:42.

Going back a week further, another run that slipped under the radar a bit amongst all the 10 mile medals, marathons and ultras was Craig Paterson finishing in 3rd place at the Dalmeny Half Marathon. This trail event organised by Blast Running includes a proper hill around midway, and over 300m elevation in total, so Paterson’s time of 85 minutes dead will hopefully stand him in good stead for his forthcoming marathon.

Well done to all who have been racing and thanks to the various race organisers. Huge thanks as ever to Gordon Donnachie for the excellent race photos from Round The Houses and also to Michael Philp for the Dalmeny Half photos.