Spring Marathon (and Half) Season Begins

posted 20 Apr 2013, 04:21 by Graeme Lawson

One look at the athletics road racing calendar and you immediately know which season we are in. Spring brings the first opportunities for many to run the longer races with marathons and half marathons a plenty on the agenda and last week saw Linlithgow athletes heading off in opposite directions to their respective half marathons courses.


First up was the Balloch to Clydebank half and representing the club was Charly Fortune. This being a point to point race the runners head largely in the same direction for the entirety of the race and in this case it was into the wind and rain all the way. Still, that didn’t hold back Charly who completed the course in an admirable 1:27:00 making her the 9th female finisher. Charly is running really well this year and was pleased that she managed to take a couple of scalps from girls that have beaten her in the past.


There was a large turnout at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Edinburgh, with runners refusing to allow their spirits to be dampened by the weather. At times it was more of a case of Wind ‘n’ Rain than Rock ‘n’ Roll however there were brief moments of beauty as rainbows appeared in the sky to lift everyone’s spirits. The first hurdle was merely disrobing as the weather began to challenge the runners. At times the wind and course contrived to make conditions challenging to say the least, however the wind would provide assistance at some points and for all the uphills there had to be some downs too. Local bands and DJs are spread out at mile intervals along the course to inspire the runners and encourage spectators to come out and cheer them on too. Aided by this, Mark Anderson returned a time of 1:44:27, with Jennifer Buckl Newton (1:56:24) and Hilary Stocks (1:57:17) not far behind.


At Strathclyde parkrun this week, David Marshall was 5th in 18:10 (PB) with Alison Marshall in 91st (14th female) in 25:38. Andrew Fischbacher ran at the Edinburgh event and finished in 16th place in a time of 18:00.