Weekly LAC Report (ending 26/05/13)

posted 31 May 2013, 15:15 by Graeme Lawson

One of the most successful weeks ever for Linlithgow AC has delivered a sackful of podium places for the club’s athletes.

First up was the West Lothian College 5k, held in Livingston on Wednesday 22nd. With the race being a counting event for the club championships eight LAC runners were on the start list, however it was David Marshall (2nd Senior Male, 18:16) and Charly Fortune (2nd Senior Female 19:50) who earned the main plaudits. Angus Gallie also delivered a fine performance being the first male in the Over 50 category. Other Linlithgow times: Mark Pullan (24th, 21.25); Johan Meintjies (29th, 22.11); Graham Burrows Linlithgow (30th, 22.11); Mark Anderson (31st, 22.46); Ian McMahon (33rd, 23.14).

Several Linlithgow athletes were among the 30,000 or so who took to the streets of the capital for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival series of races over the weekend of 25/26 May. The festival includes a variety of event over a number of different distances and it was in Saturday’s 5k run in the Holyrood Park that David Marshall secured another podium place, finishing in second position overall. The setting may be picturesque but the route is challenging with almost 400ft of ascent as it circles the park and this is perhaps reflected in his time of 18:37. After collecting his prize a tired but proud David reflected “really tough course; like running up Preston Road”!

The Half and full Marathon events were both held on Sunday and again several Linlithgow vests were on display. LAC athlete times for the Half Marathon were: Brian Couper, 1:54:33; Hilary Stocks, 1:55:31 and Jodie Smith, 2:18:30. Full Marathon finishers were: Kenneth Leamy, 3:42:57; Gerry McArdle, 3:56:42 and Dawn Cameron, 4:31:04.

Some runners consider triathlon to be a step over to the dark side, but there were only shadows chasing the club’s Ian Logan who triumphed in the Aberfeldy Sprint Tri on Sunday. The format of the event was a 750m pool swim followed by a 20km bike ride, with a 5km run to finish off. Ian is understandably very pleased with a result that follows hot on the heels of his 2nd place at the Foxlake Trail running event and bodes well for a successful summer season.