There was a record turnout at Alloa for the second meeting of the East District Cross Country League, with 732 athletes completing one of the toughest courses in the country. Linlithgow AC fielded what must be one of their largest ever teams with 21 runners competing across a variety of age groups.
Heavy overnight rain had guaranteed that this event would provide far more of a challenge than the previous one at Stirling and with further showers during the afternoon the ground began churning up almost as soon as the first spiked foot landed.
First up at the mud-fest were the Under 11 Boys, with Andrew McGill and Eoin Richardson competing in LAC colours. Ankle deep mud did not deter this pair with Andrew producing a stunning performance to finish 2nd with his time of 6:16 and Eoin not far behind in 12th, at 6:49.
Over the next few races, LAC had individual entrants. Sarah Moody competed in the Under 13 Girls, finishing 80th in 19:32. Under 13 Boys had Jamie Lumsden in 54th place at 13:58 and in the Under 15 Boys, Lewis Kilgour was 45th, in 20:56.
In the Senior Women’s race, Charly Fortune was first home for the club in 26:33 (19th place). Other LAC results: Louisa Cockburn, 65th, 32:21; Felicity Harrison, 69th, 33:39; Jill Horsburgh, 72nd, 33:57 and Alison Marshall, 77th, 34:55. The overall LAC Women’s team secured 11th place.
In the Senior Men’s race, David Marshall was first home for the club in 36:48 (67th place). Other LAC results: John Smith, 131st, 40:13; Scott Cockburn, 133rd, 40:18; Paul Dudchenko, 134th, 40:20; Kenneth Leamy, 138th, 40:30; Angus Gallie, 144th, 40:47; Neil Barnes, 158th, 41:25; Darren Dick, 198th, 44:59; Graham Burrows, 214th, 46:21; Bryan Grome, 217th, 46:30 and Ian Campbell, 230th, 47:50. The overall LAC Men’s team secured 13th place as well as a 14th in the Masters (over 35) team race.
Earlier in the day Malcolm Hughes had visited Edinburgh parkrun to record a PB time of 19:26, taking 33rd place. At Falkirk parkrun, Andrew Fischbacher returned 11th with his time of 19:56 with Roddy Simpson 44th at 23:44 (new PB).
On Sunday, Darren Dick competed in the 1st event of the Frostbite Trail Race Series held in the Falkland Estate. Having run at Alloa the day before, Darren used this as an easy way to get his running shoes cleaned again – the organisers dam up the streams and force the runner into knee-deep crossings. In addition to the water features a number of logs place around the course forcing runners to clamber over them. Darren’s time of 29:95 secured him 70th place out of a field of 188
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