About Linlithgow AC

About Linlithgow Athletics Club

Linlithgow Athletics Club is very much a small club that is part of our local community and whose ethos is about participation and enjoyment of athletics regardless of ability.  We cater for both juniors and adults.  We offer juniors a multi-disciplinary (run-jump-throws) introduction to athletics while for adults our training focuses on running, whether social, training for fitness or training for competition.  Our club is run by volunteers for the benefit of its members.

We are a not-for-profit Community Sports Club accredited to Foundation Level with Scottish Athletics and to Access Level with West Lothian Council and are a member of the Community Amateur Sports Club scheme.


The aims of the club are to

  • Provide facilities for and promote participation of the whole community in the sport of athletics.
  • Offer coaching and competitive opportunities in athletics

Membership of the club shall be open to all persons irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs, or of age, sex or disability except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of athletics as a sport.

Club Training

Junior training sessions

The main training session for children is held at the following times and venues.

Age: group: 9 years onwards 

Day: Monday                                                      Time: 18.45  – 19.45

Venue: Linlithgow Academy                            Cost: £10.00 per month 

Contact:  Gerry McArdle                                    E-mail - LinlithgowACSecretary@virginmedia.com


This session is supervised by Ian Douglas, and Matt Richardson and Frances Wood, all UK Athletics (UKA) Level 2 coaches with full PVG Scheme Membership.  They are supported by a number of Coaching Assistants and Athletics Leaders.

Additional training is also intermittently offered at Grangemouth Stadium, usually at 19:45 on a Thursday evening. 

There are also opportunities for endurance runners and sprinters aged over 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays - please get in touch with Gerry McArdle for further details.

Adult training sessions

Adults gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, mostly from the Low Port Centre but sometimes at other venues such as Grangemouth stadium. Tuesdays are deemed a social run and not coach led. Thursdays are generally formal training sessions, with one a month being reserved for the club handicap race. See Linlithgow AC Facebook page for further detail.

Formal structured adult sessions on Thursdays are coached by David Marshall, Frances Wood, John Redding and Johan Meintjies, all of whom hold UKA qualifications.


The club competes as a team in the following athletics leagues and events

  • JSB Plumbing Forth Valley League (Juniors only, April, May, August)
  • U12 and U14 Superteams (Juniors only, February)
  • East District League Cross Country (All ages from 9 up, October, November and January)
  • National Cross Country Championships (All ages from 11 up, February)
  • Adults additionally run a championship series made up of road, track, trail and hill racing fixtures from the Scottish Athletics schedule.  There are also a number of open competitions and members of Scottish Athletics receive a discounted price in races under UKA permit


As a community amateur sports club, Linlithgow AC is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. These people are athletes, parents and other supporters who give their time to ensure athletes benefit. They administer the club, conduct the coaching and transport children to activities and games.  Linlithgow AC is able to fund it's activities through member subscriptions and fundraising, principally through the Linlithgow 10K road race.




Coaching Co-ordinator – Ian Douglas

Juniors(Running, Jumping and Throwing)

Youths/Adults (Running)

Ian Douglas, UKA Athletics Coach

Johan Meintjies, JogLeader, UKA Coach in Running Fitness (in progress)

Matt Richardson, UKA Athletics Coach

David Marshall, JogLeader, UKA Coaching Assistant

Frances Wood, UKA Athletics Coach

 John Redding, UKA Coaching Assistant

Paul Mayland, UKA Coaching Assistant


Ellie Sutton, UKA Athletics Leader


Charlotte Rafferty,UKA  Athletics Leader


Duncan Wilson, UKA Athletics Leader


Marcus Allan, UKA Athletics Leader


Deborah Paton, Helper




The club is run by many volunteers providing small amounts of assistance. We understand the time commitments of parents and would happily appreciate any support available.  This may be in helping administer the club, by coaching or helping with juniors or by helping us with events such as the Linlithgow 10K

If you are interested in supporting the club please contact the any of the club staff.  If you can commit to the coaching of Junior members the club can offer training support (both financial and mentoring).

Policies and Guidelines

Everyone who takes part in athletics is entitled to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.  Our coaches are disclosed under the Disclosure Scotland scheme and Linlithgow Athletics Club has policies in place for the welfare of it's members, for disciplinary proceedings, and has a code of conduct for coaches, athletes and parents, adapted from the templates recommended by Scottish Athletics.  These can be found at the links below.

Athlete Protection Policy

Linlithgow Athletics Club subscribes to the UKA welfare policy (see link below) and has a code of conduct for all coaches, athletes and parents.

Our aims are to

  • Promote the health and welfare of members by providing opportunities for them to take part in athletics safely.
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of members.
  • Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the wellbeing of athletes and protect them from abuse.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise its members to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect all athletes from abuse and to minimise risk to themselves.
  • Require members to adopt and abide by this Athlete Protection Policy and these Procedures.
  • Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of members in line with this Policy and these Procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
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