Weekly report (ending 20/7/2014)

posted 28 Jul 2014, 11:51 by Hilary Stocks
Since way back in 1997, runners from Linlithgow have made an annual trip to ‘Scotland in Miniature’ to compete in the ‘Round Arran Relay Race’. The race involves a team of six, each runner covering around 10 miles on some of the hilliest roads in Scotland!
Last Saturday the LAC team left Linlithgow in the early hours and headed off to catch the ferry. Some of the team have supported the event for so long that they have completed all six legs over the years; one runner was making the trip to complete his second round! Newbies Charlotte Fortune and Scott Hyslop were eagerly anticipating their inaugural run (perhaps with a little nervous anticipation of ‘not letting the team down’?). The weather looked ominous with thunderstorms and deluge downpours making their way up from down south. However, this turned out to be a blessing, and compared to last year’s heatwave, all runners were happy to welcome rain.
Clubs from all over Scotland are represented, with many taking the same ferry over in the morning. Due to the logistics of bussing runners to the start of each stage, entries are limited to around 25 teams. After the usual slightly chaotic debate and discussion about which bus to board, the teams got down to business. Linlithgow runners each put in a great personal effort, which resulted in a fantastic team performance, recording one of the fasted aggregate times for the club and finishing in 6th place overall. As a bonus, we also brought back our first ‘trophy’ from Arran when Charly Fortune was first lady home on her stage. We were also listed as the fastest mixed team.
Results summary is as follows: Stage 1 North – Angus Gallie 10th in 1:15:22, Stage 2 North – Doug Robertson 7th 1:11:36, Stage 3 North – Donald Stark 12th 1:15:01, Stage 1 South - Malcolm Hughes 3rd 48:54, Stage 2 South – Scott Hyslop 5th 1:01:20, Stage 3 South – Charly Fortune 4th 53:17
Wednesday 16 July saw another midweek open track meeting at Livingston. This was a good opportunity for both senior and junior athletes to gain more track experience over different distances.
Johan Meintjies won his 400m heat in a time of 67:27 and over the slightly shorter distances, Lewis O’Connor won his 300m heat in a time of 45:80. There were multiple 1500m heats, with Jacob Clarke finishing 10th in his heat with a time of 6:08.83. Charlotte Fortune was delighted to finish 4th in her heat in a time of 4:58.44, and John Redding also finished 4th in his heat in a time of 4:28.29.
Last Saturday was the 3rd anniversary ofr Falkirk parkrun. Enjoying the run, plus birthday cake, David Marshall was 38th in 22:08, Bryan Grome was 46th with a new course PB of 22:43, Jill Horsburgh was 108th (13th F) in 25:30 and Alison Marshall was 111th (14th F) in 25:42.
Meanwhile, at Victoria parkrun in Glasgow, Hilary Stocks ran a new 5K PB of 21:35 to finish 49th (8th F).