Club championship points were at stake last weekend again, so a group of Linlithgow Athletic Club Members put aside thoughts of winding down last Friday evening and headed off to Fife for the now extremely popular Black Rock ‘5' race. The ‘5’ in inverted commas is there to inform use the race is around 5 miles.
There was a record field again with 1,018 finishers at this highly novel event. Runners start in the village of Kinghorn and pound the pavements along the sea front for the first mile before taking to the beach! No time for swimsuits as the competitors head out to sea, firstly over some very tricky soft sand at the beach head then across the wet sands and tide pools towards the famous Black Rock. A piper greets them at the turn, where they head into the shallows to circumnavigate the famous rock. Then it's hell for leather back across the sands and up through the village to finish on a very steep hill, where it seems that most of the village turns out to cheers the runners to the finish. Another of the quirks to this race is that all finishers over the age of 18 are handed a bottle of beer.
First home for Linlithgow was favourite David Marshall, transferring his recent 10k road race form to the trickier sandy surface. David finished well up the field in 36th place with a fantastic time of 26minutes 58 seconds. Next home was Gerry McArdle, another in-form athlete. Gerry claims his fast time was partially due to Angus Gallie chasing him up the beach and through the village. Then followed Darren Dick, continuing to show his marathon training form. Alison Marshall was first LAC lady home, showing that she has made a full recovery from the London marathon. Jill Horsburgh was next lady, using the event as training for an upcoming 'marathon' weekend festival of running. Jill's son Iain finished a few minutes ahead of his mum, and no doubt he'll get a mention in the Lothian Runners' report! Rosemary Gallagher was the third lady home, close on Jill's heels, and later state that it felt longer than five miles; it's a long way out to that rock! Linlithgow AC times and positions as follows: - David Marshall, 36th, 26:58; Gerry McArdle, 100th, 29:38; Angus Gallie, 107th, 29:51; Darren Dick, 163, 31:08; Alison Marshall, 411, 35:35; Jill Horsburgh, 454, 36:31; Rosemary Gallagher, 501, 37:10.
At Edinburgh parkrun, Beverly Dodgson finished 117th female in 32:13. Over at Falkirk parkrun Roddy Simpson took 40th place in 23:19 and Alex Wood 73rd with 24:45.
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