Weekly report ending 19th October

posted 25 Oct 2014, 10:39 by Graeme Lawson

The first fixture in the East District Cross Country League took place last weekend at Stirling and Linlithgow AC fielded one of its largest ever teams. With over one third of the senior membership on show on Saturday, the large numbers of LAC vests dwarfed the entries from several larger clubs.

True cross country aficionados may have been disappointed with the relatively mild and mud free conditions however the hilly nature of the multi-terrain course meant it was not without its challenges.

Consisting of thirteen competitors, the senior men put out the largest ever team for the club and the runners were rewarded by being placed 12th team overall. Individual results were: 66th David Marshall, 34:52; 111th Scott Hyslop, 37:09; 117th John Smith, 37:27; 132nd Scott Cockburn, 38:11; 134th Kenneth Leamy, 38:17; 140th Paul Dudchenko, 38:38; 148th Angus Gallie, 38:52; 157th Johan Meintjies, 39:39; 175th Douglas Keillor, 40:36; 199th Graham Burrows, 43:06; 201st Darren Dick, 43:17; 202nd Brian Couper, 43:21; 206th Bryan Grome, 43:28

A smaller women’s team was desperate not to be outdone and the trio of Charlotte Fortune (35th in 26:08), Louisa Cockburn (84th, 30:57) and Alison Marshall (87th, 31:44) secured 13th place.

The club also had several members out in younger age groups with notable results in the following categories: Under 17 men - Jacob Clarke, 37th, 34:20; Under 15 boys - Alistair Oag, 35th, 12:21; Under 13 girls - Sarah Moody, 65th, 17:37; Under 11 boys - Andrew McGill, 5th, 5:26 and Eoin Richardson, 13th, 5:51.

Two club members, Douglas Robertson and Malcolm Hughes, chose to avoid any possibility of mud and hills and headed abroad for the TCS Amsterdam Marathon. In contrast to expectations they were met with unseasonably warm conditions in the first half of the race and were glad of some cloud cover and even the odd rain shower in the second half of the race.

The race start and finishes at the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium and, with a record turnout it, was somewhat crowded at the beginning, so it took several minutes before the LAC runners crossed the line to commence their race. The stadium does however create a perfect venue for the finish of the marathon, with a rapturous welcome for all runners. Doug was first to experience this in a personal best time for the distance finishing in 3:14:49, with Malcolm recorded at 3:26:13.