There were a number of PH athletes in action over the weekend at various races locally, nationally and internationally.

On Sunday, Craig Paterson was the latest from the club to record a marathon personal best. He timed at 2:56:27 at Sunday’s Hamburg Marathon in Germany in a superbly executed race. Having reached the halfway mark in 1:28:30 he increased the average pace slightly in the second half and managed a fast finish to end with a negative split.

Closer to home on Sunday a number of PH members took part in the Dalgety Bay 10k. PH’s Mark Ryan lead the way taking first place with a time of 35:36 over an undulating trail course. Local boy Paul Kieran improved on last year’s third position to finish second in 36:08. Aaron Bennet finished as first junior and 6th position overall in 38:35 while Mark Webster put in another good run to cross the line in exactly 40 minutes for 12th place. Ross Bennet continued his improvement, running 50:28.

PH also topped the podium in the women’s race with another victory for Julie Menzies, 16th overall in 41:42. Judy Turner finished as 6th female and second over 40 (behind Menzies) in 45:50 while Clare Graham came 5th in the over 50 category in 54:51.

Paul Hammond was the sole PH athlete finisher at Saturday’s 53 Mile Highland Fling Ultra, completing the race over the southern section of the West Highland Way footpath from Milngavie to Tyndrum in 10:02:32 for 50th place. Also travelling north for a slightly shorter race was Ed Norton who took on the Run Balmoral 5k. Ed placed third in the over 60 category, timing at 20:43, and would have been first over 70 had there been specific a category in the race.

Last but not least, the Lindsay sisters met up in Colorado, U.S.A. where they took part in the Westminster Trail Half Marathon. Gayle was 4th overall female and first in the 30-39 age group in a time of 1:31.53.  Katrina was 5th overall female in a time of 1:39.38 and described the course as brutal, combining hills, strong winds and altitude! 

Well done to everyone and thanks to the various race organisers and Kristin Lownie for the Dalgety Bay 10k photos.