Weekly report (ending 02/03/14)

posted 9 Mar 2014, 01:02 by Graeme Lawson

Many athletes would be satisfied with a podium place, but not Linlithgow Athletic Club’s Charlotte Fortune. Charly was one of 306 runners to toe the line at the 26th Smokies 10, an all female ten mile race organised by the Arbroath Footers Running Club and went on to take 3rd place. However, having had to stop twice during Sunday’s race to try and recover from a stitch she was ultimately unhappy with a finishing time of 66:40 which is well outside what she is capable of. Prizes of wine and toiletries marked some form of consolation, as did the knowledge that there will be better performances to come from this highly competitive runner.

Michal Sroka was the Club’s sole runner at the Ronhill "Down by the River" 10k, on Sunday. The race, organised by Cambuslang Harriers, is run on an out and back route along the River Clyde walkway. The course being fairly flat provided the 163 runners with an excellent opportunity for a good time and Michal duly obliged, delivering a new PB performance by completing the race in 42:11 whilst securing 54th place.

Hilary Stocks, David Marshall and Roddy Simpson represented the Club at the Lasswade 10, an annual 10 mile road race over a testing course run on quiet rural roads. The event is based in and around Rosewell, however is named after the athletics club that stages it. Of the 247 finishers, David's time of 63:21 gave him 19th place, with Roddy 199th in 88:08 and placed 19th. Hilary's time of 77:40 (133rd) was almost five minutes quicker than her previous best which, given the undulating nature of the course, was an impressive performance.

At Falkirk parkrun, Andrew Fischbacher produced his now customary podium performance to finish 2nd out of the 234 runners with his time of 17:38. Other results from the club were: Scott Hyslop (17th, 20:22); Malcolm Hughes (22nd, 20:59); Hilary Stocks (49th, and 4th female, 22:39); Shirley Hyslop (158th, 42nd F, 29:28) and Bryan Grome (233rd, 42:00). Bryan’s time was slower than usual as he was accompanying his daughter running her first ever 5k and it ended with a show of true parkrun spirit as the organisers agreed that his young son could join in during the closing stages allowing them all to cross the line together.

Across at Edinburgh parkrun, Frances Wood was 127th (23rd Female) out of the 523 runners, completing the course in 21:47. Her time would turn out to be one of the best age graded times of the day and saw her first in her age category.