Weekly report (ending 08/06/14)

posted 4 Jul 2014, 01:19 by Graeme Lawson

There were more triathlon shenanigans last weekend as Linlithgow Athletic Club’s Scott Hyslop headed to Foxlake on Saturday to take on the Solo event there. The format of this off-road triathlon is pretty unique with competitors racing multiple times around a short course that consisted of a 200m swim, 2km mountain bike ride and 1km trail run. Participants raced in heats of 20 with the fastest from each going through to one side of the draw, slowest go through to another repechage side. This was then repeated so that the athletes could be graded into one of the final events. Conditions were tough with the recent wet weather and several athletes found the mixture of cold and mud was too challenging for them. However, this would not deter Scott who battled his way into the ‘B’ Final in which he finished in 4th place. Scott’s times for his three events were: Round 1, 23:25; Round 2, 22:14 and ‘B’ Final, 22:24.

Sunday brought with it another counter in the club championship with ten members taking to the start line at the Dechmont Law 10k Trail Race. The network of paths around the hill consists of a variety of surfaces (gravel, grass, tarmac, mud and muddy puddles) and this combined with the warm weather and an undulating course provided a stern test for all the runners. Gerry McArdle, 14th, 43:22 and Hilary Stocks, 67th, 50:30 scored maximum points in the male and female scratch championships. Other LAC times and places: Scott Hyslop, 19th, 44:52; Paul Dudchenko, 22nd, 44:57; Darren Dick, 45th, 48:22; Donald Stark, 52nd, 48:52; Bryan Grome, 62nd, 50:08; Graham Burrows, 64th, 50:20; Jennifer Newton, 87th, 55:32 and Alison Marshall, 100th, 57:57.

Charlotte Fortune had another busy week racing, running in Edinburgh on Wednesday and Glasgow on Saturday. Wednesday’s race was the CAAC 5 mile road race, which skirts Edinburgh Airport, circling round Turnhouse Golf Course and Cammo. Those that have run the course will know that runners are either going up or down throughout the event as there are few flat parts on the course. Only one word could describe the weather – dreich – however the cooling effect must have help the runners with both male and female course records broken on the day. Charlotte continued her own streak of personal bests every year at the event, this time clocking 31:11 for 43rd place (6th female). At Tollcross parkrun on Saturday there were more hills but at least the weather was good. Running on legs not fully recovered from midweek she still managed first female finisher with a time of 20:01.

There was more parkrun tourism as Hilary Stocks journeyed up to Inverness and put in another impressive performance. The course consists of three laps run on grass around Bught Park, with the odd tree root to hurdle, which Hilary circumnavigated in 22:26, retuning 2nd female finisher (17th overall).