Weekly report (ending 24th November 2013)

posted 15 Dec 2013, 06:46 by Graeme Lawson

A victory at Falkirk parkrun and top 10 placings at both the East League Cross Country and St Andrews parkrun were the highlights of a successful Saturday for Linlithgow Athletic Club.

For the second week in a row, a Linlithgow runner headed the field home at Falkirk, with Colin McCluskie taking the honours with his time of 18:25. This was Colin’s third win in and 10th podium place in his 13 appearances at the event.

Malcolm Hughes travelled further afield, competing at St Andrews parkrun. The course at St Andrews comprises three loops around Craigtoun Country Park and with some grassy parts covered in leaves is a bit slippy in places. Malcolm’s PB time of 20:34 put him at 8th position overall and first in his age category.

In the afternoon the focus moved on to the East League Cross Country fixture at Alloa. The dry crisp conditions were a hug contrast to the rain and mud that runners had to contend with in the recent Stirling event. However, a challenging course had almost everything athletes would want, except for a water feature. The route started up a hard packed woodland track, icy in some places but ankle deep in leaves in other places before heading uphill on a muddy twisty track through the trees and out onto a ploughed frozen field. After running the length of the field, the course led runners back into the trees to face another technical challenge – a tree trunk across the path that they would need to hurdle. A steep downhill section on a grassy field would then lead back to the start of the loop in the woods.

The best performance of the day was by Andrew Fischbacher who, despite only recently moving up to a new age category (Under 17 Men), and also a spectacular fall, claimed 4th place with his time of 21:18.

Eoin Richardson competed in the Under 11 Boys category and finished in 32nd place in 6:19. One step up, competing in the Under 15 Boys, was David Featherstone who was 54th in 12:17.

The Club’s sole runner in the Senior Women was Hilary Stocks, who complete her two laps in 29:48 for 65th place.

The Senior Men managed to field a full team of six runners, with Ian Logan first LAC completing his three laps in 35:01 (for 69th place). Other finishers were Scott Hyslop 37:35 (121st), Angus Gallie 37:37 (122nd), Kenneth Leamy 38:33 (141st), David Marshall 41:47 (178th), Darren Dick 42:40 (185th) and Bryan Grome 44:21 (202nd).