A FESTIVE parkrun turned slightly competitive for PH Racing Club members as they competed for prizes last weekend.

A total of 13 club members travelled to Loch Leven – after the Dunfermline parkrun in Pittencrieff Park was unable to go ahead due to the winter weather – to determine the winners of the club’s male and female festive parkrun trophies, and their age-graded prize.

Although defending men’s and ladies’ champions, Andrew Wright and Kristin Lownie, and John Crookston, the age grade winner, were unable to attend, it meant that new names would be inscribed on the silverware.

Mark Ryan capped an excellent year by coming home as the first male PH runner, and in second place overall, in a time of 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

That put him 50 seconds clear of Bryan Innes, and not too far behind him was Paul Kieran, who was fourth overall in a fine time of 17:30.

Aaron Bennet set a new course PB, finishing in 18:41, and he was followed home by Alan McGowan, who was sixth overall in a time of 19:15.

Michael Lindsay and Mark MacLean made it seven PH members finishing in the top 10, coming home in times of 19:49 and 20:05 respectively, while female runner Julie Menzies also had a good race.

Competing alongside Rhona van Rensburg, of Fife AC, the PH competitor came out on top, finishing with a time of 20:21 to ensure that her name would be added to the ladies’ festive parkrun trophy, in addition to the club championship shield.

Scott Love, Mark Webster, Wright Beveridge, Allen Marr and Ian Johnston were the other athletes who completed the run representing PH.

In the age-graded competition, the overall best of the day was Julie Menzies, with an effort of 82.39 per cent, while Mark Ryan also scored highly with 79.92 per cent.

With the prize restricted to those who didn’t win the male or female prize, however, the award was presented to Paul Kieran, after an excellent percentage of 77.84, finishing just ahead of Mark MacLean, on 75.85.

Based in Dunfermline, PH train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and welcome runners of all abilities.

To find out more, visit their website at www.phracingclub.co.uk, or find them on their Facebook page.