THREE athletes from PH Racing Club were among the Scottish contingent that made the trip to the British and Irish Masters Cross-County International.

This year’s event was hosted by Wales at Singleton Park in Swansea where the Scots were also joined by teams from England, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

PH's Karen Kennedy represented Scotland in the V45 category for the third year in succession while Mary Western earned her second Scottish vest having also run on home soil in Glasgow two years ago.

For Bristolian Ed Norton, it was a very welcome first opportunity to represent his adopted nation.

With the over-65 men joining the women in race one over a 6K course, all three from PH lined up together.

First home was Kennedy with a time of 24:24 that was the 11th fastest time in the V45 category.

This made her second counter in the bronze medal-winning Scotland team.

Western followed in 25:54 and, though not a counter for a strong Scotland team in the V55 category, her 10th position helped ensure the silver medal was won by the Scots with the Irish only one point behind.

Norton finished in 26:13 for 15th position in the men’s V65 category and third counter for the Scotland team that won bronze in that category.

A club spokesperson said: "Well done to all three for not only earning the right to represent Scotland but also each returning home with an international medal for their efforts and helping Scotland to third place overall."

Meanwhile, closer to home at Livingston, three other PH athletes took on the Livingston AAC Open Cross-Country.

Aaron Bennet finished in fifth place in the 2.4km under-15 boys’ race in a time of 10:07.

In the 3.7km race, Dan Monaghan and Colin Somerville both enjoyed strong runs with Monaghan coming out on top to finish as first male senior in 13:13.

Somerville was just five seconds back in third position with Fraser Armstrong, of Bellahouston, separating the two.