Most of the competition for Linlithgow athletes this past week was among themselves as the deadline for club championship and handicap positions was reached at the end of November. Sixteen runners turned out on Thursday evening for the final handicap race of the year. With start times for the 2.4 mile course allocated according to previous performance the handicap is truly open for any club member to win. After the previous 11 races the only contender for the women’s title able to run on the evening was Louisa Cockburn, who produced a fine run and finished second overall. The men’s race was more closely contested with several runners in contention. First runner home, with an impressive personal best was Darren Dick bringing his total score to 81 points. However, he was not assured of an outright win as Bryan Grome finishing in 4th place on the night also reached 81 points. The overall winner based on “goal” difference will be announced at the club’s Christmas dinner in December.
A still, calm Saturday morning saw a final scramble for club championship points at Falkirk parkrun. First Linlithgow runner home was veteran, Malcolm Hughes in 14th place in 20:27. He was closely followed by David Marshall who achieved a “buggy” PB in 21:.07. Hot on David’s heels and three places behind was Paul Dudchenko in 21:11. Super veteran, Roddy Simpson, achieved a PB, completing the hilly course in 23:32. Also achieving an impressive personal best was Alison Marshall, whose 24:07 run strengthened her position in the female club championship. Again, final championship positions will be revealed at the Christmas dinner.
Meanwhile at Catton parkrun , Norwich, Charlotte Fortune was first female and second overall in an impressive time of 18:33 over a hilly cross country type course.
The cross country season continues this coming weekend with East District Championships at Camperdown Park, Dundee.