March winds were well in evidence at the inaugural running of the House of the Binns cross country on Sunday. On a morning which saw all four seasons in an hour four Linlithgow AC members assisted as marshalls and timekeepers. With a relatively small entry of 61 runners the club only fielded one competitor, Bryan Grome. Luckily the rain stayed off for the duration of the race and although the ground was very soft most finishers remained relatively clean, unlike the previous weekend’s cross country at Callendar Park. On a 5k route which climbed the hill, circled the folly and finished in front of the House, Bryan finished in 26:44.
Also on Sunday, Rosemary Gallagher and David McNish contested the Lasswade 10. On a challenging, hilly, wet and windy course Rosemary was delighted to sneak in 6 seconds under the 80 minute mark. David completed the challenging ten miles in 69:37.
Other club members chose to test themselves at the popular local parkruns which are held every Saturday morning. At Cramond, running in relatively still conditions, David Marshall was first club runner home, although still well outside his PB as he was “plus buggy”. David finished 135th out of 531 finishers, in a time of 22:20. Only 30 seconds behind was Louisa Cockburn who finished 19th female and achieved a new personal best. Jill Horsburgh was 40th female in 24:12, with Alison Marshall and Darren Dick in hot pursuit. Their 24:28 finish placed them 236th and 237th with Alison being 44th female.
At Callendar Park, Falkirk three club members were amongst the 218 finishers. Malcolm Hughes finished 35th in 21:18, veteran Roddy Simpson yet again won his age category finishing in 23:22 and Gerry McArdle finished 30 seconds behind in 75th place.
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