Most of last weekend’s action for Linlithgow AC athletes took place close to home at the third fixture of the East District cross country league, held at Broxburn Community Woodland. Unfortunately the squad was somewhat depleted by illness and injury, with only four juniors, one senior lady and eight men able to run. Although milder than expected the course offered plenty of challenges with hills and a large water feature in the middle of the multi lap course.
In the under 11 category , Andrew McGill finished 3rd , completing the 1.4k course in an amazing 5:27 minutes. He was followed home a minute later by Eoin Richardson in 35th place. In the under 13 races Sarah Moody and Jamie Lumsden represented Linlithgow, with Jamie finishing the 2.7k course in 12:57. The sole senior female was Jennifer Grant, competing in her first ever cross country race. Jennifer was just pleased to complete the course and smiled her way around even when twice wading through knee deep water.
There was a keen sense of competition as a large field of 225 males set off on the last race of the day. The men completed 3 laps of the woodland to cover 8.1k of varied terrain. Leading the Linlithgow squad from the start was John Redding, despite cross country not being his preferred terrain. John took just under 32 minutes to race home in 45th place. Next Linlithgow runner home was Ian Logan in 69th place. The club’s next five runners were all relatively close together, just below the middle of the field, enjoying the rivalry and the encouragement from other club members. Gerry McArdle was 3rd club finisher in 138th place, closely followed by Paul Dudchenko (149th) and club president Angus Gallie (152nd). Kenny Leamy was 157th runner, with John Smith only 4 places behind. The final Linlithgow male home was Graham Burrows, recovering from injury and finishing in 211th place. After finishing the men all enjoyed Presidential birthday cake and a couple of pints later in the evening.
Meanwhile the only club member partaking of the usual Saturday parkrun was Darren Dick who ran at Edinburgh, completing the 5k course in a conservative 24.52, coping with the after effects of a winter bug.
Five other club members made the journey to a snowy Tyndrum to enjoy a winter training weekend. The first run was Friday evening on a local 4 mile route in knee deep snow, followed by an early Burns Supper to give energy for the planned run on Saturday. Some people opted for a run from Tyndrum to Beinglas Farm but most decided to do the route from Beinglas Farm to Rowardennan and back on the West Highland Way. The route had less snow but was more technical and some of the paths were underwater so runners had to scramble up some snow covered rocks and over fallen trees. The pace was slow and they spent the last 4 miles of the 30 miles running in the dark which was enjoyed by all. Some of the group went out again Sunday morning for a 4 mile run in the snow. A further training weekend will be held at the end of February.
The next event in the racing calendar is this coming weekend’s Devils Burden relay, covering 31k of hill terrain in the Lomond Hills and is the largest gathering of hill runners in the country.
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