On Saturday four LAC runners headed south to compete in the Tinto Hill Race. Tinto Hill, which is 2,333ft high and 5 miles west of Biggar, proved to be a tough challenge in the wintry conditions. Heavy rain and sleet showers greeted the 231 runners as they prepared for the race. The 4.4 mile course follows a well trodden path on this popular climb, and soon the racers were above the snow-line trying to find some grip on the steep sections. After scrambling around the large summit cairn while being battered by a stiff westerly wind, the descent proved to be as stiff a challenge as the climb. The surface was very slippery and rough at the top, then muddy and wet as the runners made their way down.
First back for the club was Scott Hyslop who finished 75th with a time of 43:03. Malcolm Hughes was 146th in a time of 48:41, followed by Brian Couper in 179th position with a time of 52:46. Mark Pullan was running his first ever hill race and finished a very respectable 197th in a time of 55:23.
Heading slightly further west to Glasgow, three LAC members competed in the Bella 10k road race. One of the last road races for 2013, and with a fairly flat route around Bellahouston Park, this race is popular with club runners across the south of Scotland and consequently there is a high standard of competition. Conditions underfoot were slippy due to a combination of leaves and frequent showers, although thankfully the race managed to fit into a gap in the rain. John Redding finished 33rd with a time of 36:34, Hilary Stocks was 221st (27th F) in a time of 45:19 and Bryan Grome was 250th in a time of 46:32. Good results for all concerned, with Hilary and Bryan both setting new PBs.
Meanwhile at Falkirk parkrun, Andrew Fischbacher was 5th in 17:29 (new PB) and Louisa Cockburn was 143rd (42nd F) in a time of 31:45. At Edinburgh parkrun Darren Dick set a new PB of 21:48 to finish in 98th position.
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