Weekly Report - ending 31 January 2015

posted 3 Feb 2015, 14:39 by Johan Meintjies
Last weekend was relatively quiet  in terms of races for Linlithgow AC athletes, with most of the action taking place at local parkruns.  Three hardy members made their way to Cramond for a run along the promenade which was icy in patches leading to slightly slower times than usual. Mark Anderson was 187th runner home in 24:01, with Ian McMahon ten places behind in 24:24. Darren Dick also completed the run as part of a longer training run and came home 270th out of 519 finishers. Gerry McArdle and Roddy Simpson chose to run at Callendar Park which can be less icy, but challenging in terms of hilly stretches. Gerry followed his cani-cross debut of last week by running with his dog Cullen.  The pair finished 48th in 23:50, well outside Gerry’s solo PB time. Roddy followed only two places and 9 seconds behind. 171 runners completed.

With fellow club members reluctant to compete in the Scottish masters cross country at Kilmarnock, Jill Horsburgh chose to run second claim with her old club, Lothian . With athletes from as far afield as Aberdeen and the Highlands the course had all that is required for a decent cross country course-snow, mud, ice, sand and a short stretch of pot-holed tarmac and gravel.  After an icy start the day turned relatively mild and Jill finished 10th in her age group, covering the boggy and hilly 4 miles (more generous than the advertised  6k) in 36.04.  Unfortunately, as the youngest team member pulled out through injury the Lothian team did not have the required 3 finishers for a team placing.

Other club members took advantage of the snowy conditions in the Pentlands to gain some valuable winter hill training.