Last weekend saw the first installment of this years club championships. Athletes put their endurance to the test on the scenic and undulation roads of Clackmannanshire. Previous years have seen many LAC athletes take on this tough race and the race itself has grown from year to year with around 2000 participants in 2015.
This year there were many strong performances and a number of personal bests showing all those dark winter training miles round the streets/hills and carparks of linlithgow have come to fruition.
In the mens race, 8 athletes completed the course. whilst the first 2 were separated by only 1 seconds (Michal Sroka and John Smith) their chips times were identical (01:27:50) and therefore both take maximum championship points. Angus Gaille came in third in 1:30:11 followed by Paul Dudchenko (1:34:20), Ian Campbell (1:36:02), Darren Dick (1:37:17), Bryan Grome (1:50:08) and Darren Robertson (1:58:32)
In the womens race, an outstanding half marathon debut saw Karen Duncan take 100 points in 1:36:23 with a close battle for 2nd between Nadine McAlpine (1:42:08) and Rosemary Gallagher (1:42:39).Alison Marshall showed her marathon training was going well with a PB in (1:47:02) followed by Sarah Crewes (1:47:25), Felicity Harrison (1:53:32) and Jennifer Newton (1:53:56)
So standings after the first event
Michal Sroka 100 Karen Duncan 100
John Smith 100 Nadine McAlpine 99
Angus Gaille 98 Rosemary Gallagher 98
Paul Dudchenko 97 Alison Marshall 97
Ian Campbell 96 Sarah Crewes 96
Darren Dick 95 Felicity Harrison 95
Bryan Grome 94 Jennifer Newton 94
Darren Robertson 93
In the handicap event, again many good performances making use of that winter endurance. top three male and female are:
Ian Campbell 100 Alison Marshall 100
Darren Robertson 99 Rosemary Gallagher 99
Darren Dick 98 Jennifer Newton 98
all calculations are on the spreadsheet attached below.
So we've all shown our endurance, so next up is some speed at grangemouth for the round the houses 10k on 12th April. If you've not already entered here is the link http://www.entrycentral.com/RoundTheHouses