Weekly report (ending 18th August)

posted 26 Aug 2013, 11:58 by Hilary Stocks
parkrun is a free weekly timed 5k run that is enjoyed by runners of all abilities. For Linlithgow AC members, these runs are a good way to track progress and to fit in a weekly speed session. There are parkrun events round the country every Saturday morning, so runs can even take place when away on holiday. This week 2 club members were on a trip to Sheffield, and yet again Eoin Richardson (9) convincingly beat his Dad over the finish line at the Sheffield Hallum event.  Eoin finished 175th with a time of 25:48, and Matt finished 177th with a time of 25:50.
The Edinburgh parkrun course is flat and fast, and this week set a new Scottish parkrun attendance record with 515 finishers.  Hilary Stocks gained a new PB of 22:30, finishing as 14th Female and was delighted to run a sub-23 minute 5K for the first time.
A number of club runners preferred the hilly challenge of the Falkirk parkrun, with Scott Hyslop, Darren Dick and Shirley Hyslop all setting new PBs, and Tom Beddard completing his first parkrun.  Full results are as follows:  Andrew Fischbacher 8th 18:54, Scott Hyslop 17th 20:20 (new PB), Tom Beddard 23rd 20:42, Darren Dick 52nd 22:55 (new PB), Shirley Hyslop 41st F 29:40 (new PB)
A rather different challenge was the Lomonds of Fife hill race held on Sunday 18 August. Club members Graeme Lawson and Lisa Gamble both took part.  The race has a base in Strathmiglo and is just over 16K long with 760m of ascent. The race starts with a climb up through the forest over Black Hill, descending through the trees before crossing open land to East Lomond. The route was straight up and back down the hills before running along a mixture of path and sheep trails, at times on high ridges, to West Lomond. In places it was so steep that even studded hill running shoes were not enough to stop alternative methods of descent (ie slipping and sliding down). Once at the bottom of West Lomond, the route took you back up part of the hill again before a traverse and descent into the forest and a sprint to the finish line.