Weekly report ending 19th April

posted 25 Apr 2015, 08:46 by Graeme Lawson

There was reason for Linlithgow Athletic Club to celebrate this week as one of its members achieved national recognition with a personal best performance at the Glasgow Athletic Association Miler meet last Friday, an event that doubled as the Scottish 10k Championships.

John Redding entered the event having never competed in a 10,000m event on the track however knew he was in good form following a 10k PB at Grangemouth the previous weekend. 25 laps of a 400m track is a world apart from the 10k road races that John is more accustomed too, however he managed to carry an even pace throughout and was rewarded with a new PB of 34:12 for the distance and a silver medal in the M35 category.

On Saturday, Jill Horsburgh and Scott Cockburn travelled to Edinburgh on a gloriously sunny afternoon to tackle the Hunters Bog Trot, a hill race based around Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. This year, to avoid the preparations for another event based in the Holyrood area, the route was changed and an additional 400ft of ascent, some of which was in the first few hundred yards of the race. This would give runners some insight into what was to come over a course included over 1000ft of ascent in its 4.2 mile distance. On such a clear day though every tough climb was rewarded with splendid views of the city and even across to Fife. Jill and Scott both produced great performances; Scott finished in 37:04 however the more impressive result was Jill’s time of 49:49 which placed her second in her age category (and earned her a prize of a bottle of beer!)

Alison Marshall proved she is in great form and ready for her assault at Virgin London Marathon with a PB at the more moderate distance of 5k at Edinburgh parkrun. In what was a family affair, Alison finished at 23:35 (25th Female) with husband David pushing daughter Jessica in a buggy finishing just a second behind. Beverly Dodgson also ran at the event finishing in 31:30, 127th Female.

At Falkirk parkrun, Roddy Simpson finished 41st overall with a time of 22:49. Louisa Cockburn produced another great performance to secure 4th Female spot, completing the course in 23:14. Final finisher from the club was Gerry McArdle, who produced a personal best performance with the number of excuses about how his dog, Cullen, slowed him down as he finished well outside his usual time in in 24:42. Let’s hope Cullen is still Gerry’s best friend.