Several Linlithgow Athletic Club members grasped the opportunity to run in the Markinch Mile last Tuesday, a celebratory event staged 60 years to the day since Roger Bannister ran the first sub four minute mile. None of the athletes in the field would go on to challenge Sir Roger’s time but a fast flat course still helped many to achieve personal bests for the distance. David Marshall was first finisher from the club, 12th overall and timed at 5:12. Other LAC times on the night were Scott Hyslop, 26th, 5:27; Darren Dick, 49th, 5:59; Brian Couper, 50th, 6:02; Bryan Grome, 52nd, 6:05.
Wednesday provide another challenge for the speedsters with the Self Transcendence 5k Scottish Championships being held on another fast course along the foreshore at Cramond, Edinburgh. Following a calm day, a bit of a breeze was to build up by the evening but whilst it affected the times of many of the runners it could not thwart a couple of impressive PB performances from LAC runners. John Redding led the club home taking 35th spot with his time of 16:29, with Ian Logan 90th at 17:42 and Gerry McArdle 138th on 18:58. Gerry's time in particular is quite remarkable given he reduced his PB over the 5k distance by more than a minute!
The third instalment in the Club Championships led to eleven LAC members amongst the 320 runners at last Wednesday's Dumyat hill race. The race's origins are in a wager from one member of the University of Stirling Psychology Department that no one could run from the University to the top of Dumyat and back in under an hour. 41 years later, runners are still accepting the challenge of running up and down this 390 metre peak in the Ochils.
Following the recent rain, conditions were muddy and the race featured a large bog near the summit. Nonetheless, the first Linlithgow runner home was David Mason in 55th position timed at 43:47, followed by Paul Dudchenko, 69th, 44:46; Scott Hyslop, 77th, 45:36; Tom Beddard, 83rd, 46:07; Angus Gallie, 115th, 48:40; Darren Dick, 192nd, 53:04; John Gianelli, 193rd, 53:05; Bryan Grome, 238th, 59:22; Hilary Stocks, 250th, 1:00:59; Jill Horsburgh, 254th, 1:01:42; Jennifer Newton, 267th, 1:03:33.
David Mason kept to the hills again on Saturday in the Ben Lomond Hill Race. The athletes experienced some glorious sunshine at the start of the race but would not enjoy the heat as they started up 960m of steep ascent, however slight relief was to greet them as they reached the cooler cloud level. After climbing for over an hour, runners would then have a fast and tricky descent down a steep hillside on tired legs. David likes to make the most of the downhill sections, overtaking several other runners to finish in 37th position overall in 1:32:02, before moving on to Loch Lomond for the traditional post race paddle!
The BUPA Great Women’s 10k was held on Sunday and Sarah Crewes was the sole club participant in this popular annual event. Joining her at the start line was a diverse group that included elite runners such as Susan Partridge alongside, perhaps more surprisingly, Winter Olympics curling medallist Eve Muirhead. Eve and Sarah both had a target to complete the race in under 50 minutes and both achieved their objective, with Sarah knocking two minutes off her previous best, finishing at 59:54.
Finally, a round-up of this week’s parkrun results.
Falkirk (190 runners)
Gerry McArdle, 6th, 19:35 PB; Malcolm Hughes, 13th, 21:00; Bryan Grome, 80th, 25:39; Shirley Hyslop, 122nd (27th F), 29:20; Scott Hyslop, 124th, 29:21
Glasgow (371 runners)
Hilary Stocks, 73rd (2nd F), 22:17; Jill Horsburgh, 166th (17th F), 25:17
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