Weekly report ending 12th October

posted 20 Oct 2014, 10:26 by Graeme Lawson

In the first of the weekend’s action Saturday saw three Linlithgow AC athletes testing themselves in  the fast,  out and back parkrun at Cramond . David Marshall, fresh from his recent success at the Great Scottish Run completed the 5k course in 18:06, just outside his personal best time. David was 15th in a field of 560 runners. In what might be construed as ungentlemanly behaviour he had left wife Alison holding, or rather pushing the baby. Alison cruised home as second buggy pusher in a time of 27:28. Also running was Malcolm Hughes, who surprised himself by achieving a personal best of 19:29, despite having intended to take it easy in preparation for next weekend’s Amsterdam marathon.

Sunday saw the start of the cross country season which traditionally begins with relay events in the North, West and East of Scotland. This year Peebles was the venue for the East District relays, reportedly one of the hilliest courses on the circuit. The weather was overcast and cool and as usual it was a case of ladies first on the 4k loop. Unfortunately due to injury and illness the ladies were unable to field a complete team.  Novices at cross country, Alison Marshall and Shirley Hyslop both enjoyed the course which included  a sharp hill to start, a deep flooded ditch and several log hurdles,.   Alison took the first leg and completed the 4k in 22:38 with Shirley taking over and finishing in 24:45.

The men’s race followed,  with  a complete and an incomplete team running. The complete team  finished in 36th place in a total time of 1:12:34. (Scott Hyslop  16:08, Bryan Grome  19:38, Brian Couper  19:36 and David Marshall 16:07). Making up the incomplete team were Graham Burrows (19:52), Matt Richardson (20:49) and Darren Dick (19:09). Despite some drizzle during the men’s race conditions were dry underfoot and there was insufficient mud to satisfy the die-hard cross country runners and some of the novices.  The season continues with the first of the East District League matches at Stirling this Saturday.

Meanwhile In the hills, Paul Dudchenko ran the Pentland Skyline race. This is one of the “Long Classic” hill races in Scotland, and the 16 mile route takes in most of the peaks in the Pentlands. Under good autumnal conditions, 190 runners completed the race. Despite some leg cramps in the last few miles, Paul finished in 105th place, in 3:43.


Jill Horsburgh