Weekly Report - Ending 15 February 2015

posted 19 Feb 2015, 14:09 by Johan Meintjies
Last weekend was relatively quiet in the racing calendar with many Linlithgow athletes either putting in long training miles for spring marathons or gearing up for this coming weekend’s National Cross Country Championships. For most club members the competition did not extend beyond testing themselves in the popular parkrun series.
Although most members stuck to the familiarity of their local run at Falkirk, Gerry McArdle made the long journey north to the Hazelhead run just outside Aberdeen. In a relatively small field of 80, Gerry completed the woodland trail in 19:49, finishing in 8th place overall. More locally, Darren Dick returned to his Fife roots by running at the inaugural Kirkcaldy parkrun in Beveridge Park. The Kirkcaldy course is the 17th parkrun in Scotland and the inaugural event attracted an amazing 264 runners. Darren enjoyed the 2 lap, slightly hilly course completing in 21:58 which placed him 36th overall.

Meanwhile several athletes opted for their home parkrun at Callendar Park, which also gave them the option to check out this weekend’s national championship course as a cool down run. First runner home was Malcolm Hughes in 31st place (21:33). Ian Campbell completing his first run at Falkirk finished 55th overall in 22:49, closely followed by veteran Roddy Simpson in 23:19, 63rd place. Felicity Harrison finished 10th female and was thrilled to get a 5k personal best of 24:26, especially over such a hilly course. Bryan Grome finished in 100th place in 25:34 closely followed by veteran Jill Horsburgh in 26:05 which placed her 20th female. 208 runners completed.
This weekend will see a record number of competitors from all over Scotland descend on Callendar Park for the National Cross Country Championships. Linlithgow AC also has a record turnout of 22 athletes entered.