Weekly Report (ending 11th August)

posted 16 Aug 2013, 05:59 by Graeme Lawson

Linlithgow AC’s ladies again led the way in the Forth Road Bridge 10k on Sunday, with Charlotte Fortune taking the prize for 1st Female and Frances Wood placing 2nd in the F50 category. As the name may suggest this race, regularly rated one of the most scenic and memorable in the Scottish road running calendar, is run across the Forth Road Bridge from North to South Queensferry before returning back across to finish on its North side. With most of the course being 150 feet ‘up in the air’ it is liable to postponement if there are high winds. That proved not to be the case on this occasion however the runners did have to contend with gusts upwards of 30mph, not far below the level that triggers a reduction in the speed limit for traffic. Given the conditions and the camber on the bridge Charlotte can be excused for running slightly outside her PB, finishing in 38:52, with Frances posting a time of 45:46. Results for the Linlithgow men were David Marshall 39:12 (17th overall), Malcolm Hughes 42:46 (53rd) and Mark Pullan 44:59 (92nd).

Charlotte’s race followed on the back of another flying performance in Tuesday’s Graham Clark Memorial Race 3.9 mile race around the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife. The event is held staged by Carnegie Harriers in memory of one of their coaches, who sadly died at an early age after competing in a 5k race, and takes in 3 laps of the racing circuit. Charlotte ran a PB time of 23:30, taking a whole 30 seconds off her time from the previous year, to earn the 3rd Female prize.

Also on Sunday was the West Lothian Half Marathon, one of a series of races stage throughout the year by charity organisation West Lothian Run. The route starts and finishes at Meadow Park in Bathgate and takes the runners through Blackburn and then a scenic but undulating journey out to Cousland Wood before returning to Bathgate via Easter Inch Moss. A fine run by Ian McMahon rewarded him with a new PB of 1:44:45 (26th), with Mark Anderson not far behind at 1:47:58 (29th).

Taking the high ground on Saturday was David Mason, who competed in the hill race at the Strathpeffer Highland Gathering hill race. The Gathering is one of the longest established Highland Games (the oldest records available date back to 1881) and takes place annually in the grounds of Castle Leod. David navigated the 3.5 mile course, with 900 feet of ascent, in a time of 31:25 to secure 14th place.