RUNNERS with PH Racing Club were back on the winning trail after the club enjoyed three podium places during late August.

During the final weekend of last month, two club members posted race victories, while another collected a runners-up spot, over two days of events.

First up, on August 27, was the Dechmont Law Trial 10K, in Livingston, which saw Mark Ryan finish second in his second race in PH colours.

Having only just made his club debut a few weeks earlier – finishing second in the 'B' race at the club's own 'QA 5K' event – he ran a time of 39 minutes and 32 seconds to place behind unattached athlete, and race winner, Jamie Meldrum.

Two days later, a number of other races were held, and resulted in two race victories for Andrew Wright and Mark Webster.

Wright competed at the Cambus Quarter – a race along the banks of the River Forth that is held over a quarter of a marathon distance, approximately six-and-a-half miles – organised by the Wee County Harriers.

On a multi-terrain course, he posted a time of 35 minutes, 17 seconds to regain the title he won three years ago, setting a new course record in the process, while Scott Love (41:47) finished eighth.

Malcolm Hammond, in a time of 46:22, and Clare Graham, who posted an effort of 54:03, were the other PH runners to take part.

At the Kirkcaldy Parks Trail 10K, Mark Webster, in 42:49, also claimed a race win, while Mark McLean finished as the first V50 runner in 44:45.

Webster went on to follow that result up with a third-place finish at the following weekend's Last Duel Trail Race in Cardenden Woods.

The Perth 10K, boasting a competitive field, also took place on August 29 and Aaron Bennet was the fastest of the PH contingent, finishing 22nd after shaving almost eight minutes off his official PB by clocking 36:22.

Mark Western was the second V55 athlete home in 40:47, while Gordon Coull (42:21), Emma Lessels (42:36) and Hanna Akel (43:10) all set new PBs, with Emma's time also setting a new club junior record for the distance.