Weekly report (ending 13/04/14)

posted 18 Apr 2014, 14:12 by Graeme Lawson

The London Marathon is always one of the highlights of the running year, where those lucky enough to have secured a place are cheered every inch of the way along an iconic 26.2 mile route lined by 750,000 spectators. Last weekend, Paul Dudchenko and David Marshall represented Linlithgow Athletic Club to race against a field of 36,000 that included the world’s marathon elite.

As in recent years the sun came out however the wind would ensure that the temperature did not reach the heights it has in the past. The course and conditions would still provide runners with a severe test and just to add to this, in the week leading up to the event, David had suffered from a cold. With a hard winter of training behind him though he was not about to let that get the better of him and produced a PB performance, finishing the race in 3:03:29. Paul would finish a little disappointed at being slightly outside his target however should still be proud of a marathon time of 3:34:57.

Michal Sroka chose Rotterdam for his big city marathon and returned with somewhat understandable praise for the course and organisation. This was the 34th running of the event which for many years has been the biggest one-day sporting event in Holland and, whilst having a smaller field (13,500 runners) than London, attracts a massive crowd of around 925,000 who provide a party atmosphere along the length of the course. In perfect running conditions, Michal produced an astonishing performance, taking over half an hour off his previous best time over the distance, finishing in 3:27:49.

On Saturday, Roddy Simpson ran in the Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile race at Carluke. The event is run on a course that is officially described as undulating, meaning athletes would know to expect a few hills along the way. Wind and rain added to the challenge and Roddy would be satisfied with a finishing time of 1:24:24 for 119th place.

Charly Fortune felt the wind too at Edinburgh parkrun however was again first female home at the event with her slower time of 20:01. Over at Falkirk parkrun the woods of Callendar Park gave some shelter from the wind to the runners allowing Brian Couper (22:05, 51st place) and Ian McMahon (22:56, 63rd) to achieve new PBs. Malcolm Hughes (20:35, 26th) and Mark Anderson (23:03, 66th) were the club’s other runners at the event.

Taking on a rather different type of event, John Redding competed in the Yorkshire warrior, a 10 mile challenge that included obstacles, mud, water, electric shocks etc. Time is of little consequence along courses such as this with John merely reporting to be happy to come away relatively unscathed!