As well at Friday’s Scottish 5k Championships which we have already reported on, there were a number of other excellent performances by PH athletes throughout last week.
The racing week started on Bank Holiday Monday when Mark Western continued his good form at the Milton Keynes Marathon, finishing with an excellent time of 3:11.55. This placed him 8th in the V55 category and 121st out of over 1300 finishers in what is a big event.
On Tuesday, Mike McConnell begged an invite to a smaller scale race when his home town club Perth Road Runners put on a version of the Kinnoull Hill Race. Mike finished second in 26:25 behind the host club’s James Waldie.
We’re not aware of any members racing on Wednesday or Thursday, and Friday’s big event has already been covered in detail here, so that takes us to Saturday morning when Graeme Doig enjoyed an excellent run at the Edinburgh to North Berwick 20 mile race, finishing 5th in 1:59:15. It’s good to see this event back on the calendar after a 5 year absence.
A bit further down the coast was Martin Butcher who once again ran the Holy Island Marathon and finished 3rd for the 3rd year in a row with a best time so far of 4:01:51. It certainly looks in interesting race, starting in Scotland and running over the border, round Berwick and across the causeway to Holy Island itself.
On Sunday the Tay Ten took place in Perth with 4 from PH involved. Andrew Wright took second place in a new club record of 54:54 and Mike McConnell also had a great run for 6th in 56:58. Kevin Hughes was 3rd V50 in 1:05:47 and Malcolm Hammond was 1st V70, timing at 1:11:36 and just missing Ed Norton’s V70 record by 4 seconds. This means PH now have the two top runners in the UK over this distance in 2022.
Also on Sunday, Gary Pirie ran the St Cyrus 10k in Aberdeenshire finishing 4th in 39:19. Alan McGowan was 13th at the inaugural Thornhill 10k in 39:31 to round of a great week’s racing for the club.
Well done to all and thanks to the various race organisers. Thanks also to Gordon Donnachie for the superb race photos, much appreciated as ever.