Weekly report - ending 28th December

posted 4 Jan 2015, 10:38 by Graeme Lawson

Linlithgow Athletic Club members finished 2014 off with a flourish, competing in a variety of events.

The juniors led the way with a win by David McGill in the Cockleroy Chaser on Boxing Day, organised by Lothian Running Club, in a new course record of 4 mins 2 secs. There were other good performances in the race with Eoin Richardson placed 5th in 4:47 and Sarah Moody, 17th at 6:45.

Several of the seniors competed at the event in either the 7k or 14k Festive Handicap events. All were treated to the weather phenomenon of a cloud inversion that blanketed Linlithgow but left the hilltop clear. Johan Meintjies, Paul Dudchenko, Jill Horsburgh, Malcolm Hughes and Gerry McArdle opted for the two-loop 14k version, with Bryan Grome, Brian Couper and Darren Dick settling with the single loop offering of 7k. The conditions were ideal for running and everyone commented on the stunning views around the course. Results have been published however with several runners having taken an incorrect route at one point they are misleading and are therefore not documented here.

Rosemary Gallacher chose the cross country race at Cranford, in County Donegal, for her Boxing Day race. This annual event sends runners three times around a hilly and muddy field beside Mulroy Bay. It is a pretty informal event, run for fun so no official results are published, but Rosemary was happy to complete the 3 mile course in around 26 minutes.

Usually when heading South one can hope for milder conditions but that is not always the case as John Redding can testify. One of the coldest races over the weekend, at minus three, was the Ribble Valley 10k in Clitheroe, Lancashire - the one that John had entered. John completed a snow-dusted, undulating course in 35:42.

LAC runners also took advantage of some of the free, weekly, timed 5k parkrun events spread not just across the country but now with a significant overseas element. These events are traditionally held only on a Saturday morning, however in addition to this organisers are permitted to stage events on Christmas Day and/or New Years Day at their own discretion.

On Christmas Day, Frances Wood and her eldest daughter Alison dressed in their naughty Santa outfits(!) and headed for Edinburgh parkrun. Frances was rewarded with a time of 27:27 an 302nd place on her return from injury with her daughter a few seconds behind. At the same time, Malcolm Hughes opted to join another 200 runners taking park in the inaugural Christmas Day parkrun in Falkirk, finishing in 20:41 for 19th place.

Scott and Louisa Cockburn chose to avoid the cold conditions in travelling to Australia where they competed at Lake Joondalup parkrun on the 27th December. In warm sunny conditions Scott was to finish in second place, timed at 18:39 with Louisa 28th in 24:07.

Other parkrun times over the Festive period:-


Edinburgh: Malcolm Hughes, 37th, 20:19

Falkirk: Paul Dudchenko, 31st, 21:16


Edinburgh: Malcolm Hughes, 41st, 20:08

Falkirk: Darren Dick, 54th, 23:30; Brian Couper, 55th, 23:34; Bryan Grome; 111th, 26:51