The road running season well and truly started with the Alloa Half Marathon, reported here last week. Bryan Grome of Linlithgow Athletic Club decided on Sunday that he would take it a stage further and take on a Loch Katrine Marathon that he had not even entered for. Bryan was due to run the half marathon but jumped at the opportunity to step up to the full 26.2 miles on the day. The course has been described previously as the hilliest road marathon in Scotland but does reward athletes with a prime sample of those stunning views that the Trossachs has to offer. Having yet to complete his full marathon training schedule, Bryan was both shocked and delighted to finish such a challenging course in a time of 4:54, which was also a massive 45 minutes improvement on his previous marathon time.
Most athletes chose the shorter 5k parkrun events on Saturday, keeping Sunday aside for long runs as they prepare for their own attempts at the longer distances.
At Edinburgh parkrun, in a field of 595 runners David Marshall took 18th place and bagged himself a new PB time of 17:48. Alison Marshall, taking her turn to be the buggy runner, finished at position 453 in 28:37.
211 runners took part at Falkirk parkrun with Colin Hutcheon first home for the club in 20:57 for 22nd place. Malcolm Hughes was not far behind at 21:06 for 25th place with Roddy Simpson finishing the LAC trio in 22:39 for 48th place.
Kirkcaldy parkrun is relatively new having held its inaugural last month and regular parkrun tourists Charlotte Fortune and Jill Horsburgh could not resist adding the 2 and a bit laps of Beveridge Park to their parkrun portfolio. Charly has spent some time in Spain recently (some say warm weather training but in reality it was more of a holiday) however the return to a cooler climate had little impact as she scorched the competition, finishing first female in a time of 19:09. Jill’s time of 24:41 was enough to secure 13th female position.
Taking to the hills, Scott Cockburn competed in the Ben Gullipen Hill Race in the forest roads high above Callendar. Runners ascend over 350m in this 13.5km event and Scott returned 13th in a very creditable time of 59:15.
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