On Friday the Sri Chinmoy/Scottish 5k Championships took place for the first time since 2019. There was also the small matter of the fifth event in the PH Club Championships to consider. As ever on Silverknowes Prom it was a bit windy but that didn’t stop some excellent times.
Fastest for PH was Michael Combe who clocked 16:06 to break the club’s V40 record. It was great to see Michael back in a PH vest after recently setting a Lands End to John O’Groats Relay record with his Army colleagues. Paul Kieran wasn’t far behind running 16:16 to retain his place at the top of the club championship table and Aaron Bennet broke the club’s junior record with a chip time of 16:23.
Next in was Mark Ryan who timed at 16:45, followed by Peter Gibson (pictured) who dipped under the 17 minute mark for the first time with 16:55. Ewan Taylor was just a second back and the stream of PH finishers continued with a number of other runners managing personal bests including Mark Webster (17:36) and Andy Jannetta (17:43).
Well done especially to Ed Norton to took yet another national medal, silver this time, and broke 20 mins for the first time as a V70 with a time of 19:59. John Crookston was unlucky to miss out on a V60 medal with the same time as the bronze medalist.
In the women’s race, run separately for the first time, Judy Turner was the fastest for PH in 21:21, just ahead of Louise Lessels who timed at 21:37. Clare Graham posted a time of 23:58. Julie Menzies couldn’t race due to injury but stays in first place in the club championships after five races.
Last weekend in Bermuda, Gayle Lindsay raced over the same distance at the Sir Stanley Burgess 5k placing 8th overall and 1st female with an excellent time of 18:48. Hopefully we will see her racing on home soil again soon.
Well done to all who raced and thanks to Adrian Stott and team and Scottish Athletics for organising another superb event. Thanks also to Bobby Gavin/That One Moment for the main photo.