Weekly report - ending 11 January

posted 14 Jan 2015, 15:25 by Johan Meintjies   [ updated 21 Jan 2015, 16:12 ]
The post festive period is relatively quiet in terms of racing as most athletes consolidate their training for the resumption of the cross country season and increase their mileage for spring marathons. However Frances Wood celebrated her return from injury by running in the  Portobello Promathon on New Year’s Day. In mild, wet and windy conditions Frances covered the 4 mile course in 32:01, finishing 3rd FV50.  Along with many other runners she followed the race by a dip in the sea.

Most of the other organised activity in the last couple of weeks has been on the weekly parkrun scene.  Frances continued her return to form by running at Perth on 3rd January. On an icy and boggy but relatively flat course she completed the 5k in 24:46, finishing 12th female and 2nd in her age category. On the same day south of the border, Jill Horsburgh tackled the hilly Woodbank parkrun near Stockport. With icy paths and lots of mud, Jill finished 11th woman and 2nd VW55.

Meanwhile closer to home in the first parkruns of 2015, several  Linlithgow athletes competed at Edinburgh and Falkirk. At Cramond, Andrew Mitchell finished 4th overall in a time of 17:24. Malcolm Hughes and Darren Dick also ran, finishing in 20:02 and 21:26 respectively, with Darren achieving a new personal best. Running at Callendar Park Andrew Fischbacher finished 33rd overall in a time well outside his personal best as he continues his return from injury. Gerry McArdle was 59th overall in 23:22, whilst Roddy Simpson won his age category in a time of 24:38 (91st overall).  Unfortunately Callendar Park was badly affected by the recent stormy weather and last Saturday’s run was cancelled because of fallen trees. At the time of going to press it was not clear when the Falkirk run would resume.

The only other reported race action last weekend was the continuation of the Frostbite Trail series in Fife. On a route that was altered to avoid icy roads but still included the challenges of stream crossings and log jumping, Darren Dick finished 37th of 157 finishers.

Athletes are now gearing up for the next cross country fixture at Broxburn on Saturday.