As the heatwave continued to spread across the nation last weekend, so did Linlithgow AC athletes.
Furthest South this week was Charlotte Fortune who was the first LAC athlete to savour the Barrow parkrun course. Relishing the conditions Charly posted a PB time of 18:59 to finish as 1st female and 3rd overall.
Several runners actually chose the closer option of Falkirk parkrun. Rumours remain unconfirmed that they followed a yellow brick road to get there - it was the event's 2nd anniversary and runners had been encouraged to dress up in a Wizard of Oz theme. Amongst a sea of Dorothys and Wicked Witches the LAC athletes excelled with displays of heart, courage and brains, and a basketful of PBs. Linlithgow AC results as follows: 4th Ian Logan 18:02 (PB); 8th Colin McCluskie 18:38; 63rd (10th Female) Hilary Stocks 23:49 (PB); 80 (18th F) Lucy Cameron 24:44 (PB)!; 101 (25th F) Dawn Cameron 25:45 (PB)
Scott Hyslop chose to head East and taking on Edinburgh parkrun's blazing conditions at Cramond. Many struggled in the heat, but not Scott who achieved a PB time of 19:53 (his first sub-20) and 51st place.
Further East and slightly later on Saturday was the Musselburgh 10k Festival Race and 1k Fun Run. With conditions getting hotter all the time, runners were grateful that both events are run on relatively flat courses. The terrain is mixed but generally hard surface and is generally considered to suit fast runners. Speedy performances were delivered by Lynn McGill who was 62nd (11th F) past the post in a chip time of 42:55 and Karen Duncan in at 66 (12th F) in 43:20. Speed definitely runs in the McGill family as Lynn's son Andrew raced to 2nd place in the 1k Fun Run.
Over in the West on Saturday was the Round Arran relay, where teams of 6 each run individual legs that, combined, cover the full 56 mile route on the road around the island's coast. The timing of the event is largely based around ferry timings to allow a large group of runners to get on and off the island on the day. This usually means that the runners are set off in the hottest part of the day and in scorching conditions not all teams managed to complete the challenging, hilly course. The Linlithgow team of Douglas Robertson, Donald Stark, Charles Devlin, David Armstrong, David Marshall and Graeme Lawson did not succumb however and managed a successful round. At the time of publication results were unavailable.
The Linlithgow team opted out of the usual return ferry to play a bit part role in a tale of extreme endurance. LAC's Angus Gallie has had a bit of a love affair with Arran over the years, visiting the island on many occasions for leisure and sport. As well as being a regular in relay teams, he has cycled round on his own and also on a tandem with his wife and this year to 'complete the set' he decided to run the entire route in a single day. Although he started out in cool conditions very early in the morning, Angus still had to run through into the intense heat of the afternoon. Keeping the body properly hydrated was just one of the challenges he faced along the way so amongst the changes of clothes, drinks and nutrition in his support vehicle was a set of scales. This allowed Angus to weigh himself and demonstrate he was not losing significant amounts of weight, which would likely have pointed towards water loss. All the planning came to fruition and the relay team were delighted to meet him as he came into Brodick, running with him for the final 200 yards to his finish point. An exhausted but elated Angus confirmed his tour of the entire island had been completed in an incredible 12 hours and 15 minutes.
Sunday saw a trip to North for Frances Wood, who sampled a Half DRAM! DRAM in this context relates to the Dundee Running Adventure Marathon, where competitors can opt either for the full or half versions. It was cool at the start but that would last for all of about ten minutes before the sun came out and it was hot the rest of the way. The race starts on trails in Camperdown Park and Templeton Woods and was reportedly a bit slow and congested in first couple of miles – although lovely and scenic. Other trail stretches later in the run provided further welcome shadows from trees before the race ended with a flat last mile along the seafront at Broughty Ferry. A finish time of 1:44:28 gave Frances 3rd position in the FSV category.
Finally some late results in from the Superteams event that the Juniors took part in at Grangemouth on Saturday 13th. Teams from all over the country came to compete in a variety of events at the athletics stadium. Linlithgow AC results as follows:-
Girls 100m Long Jump Shot Putt
Holly Mayland 16.59 3.02 4.89
Naomi Branford 17.16 2.43 4.25
Ciara Benson 19.13 2.46 3.81
Boys 100m Long Jump Shot Putt
Sam Jones 22.27 2.38 3.80
Luke Cameron 17.13 2.66
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