Last Wednesday’s West Lothian College Livingston 5k was the latest counting event in the Linlithgow AC Club Championships and there was another good turn-out of club members accompanied by some excellent performances, including four finishers in the top ten. Charlotte Fortune improved on last year’s 2nd place by winning the female prize. John Redding was also on the podium after securing third place overall. With the club champs including handicap versions for the first time this year, times and positions matter right throughout the field. The full list of LAC times and positions were: John Redding, 17:28, 3rd; David Marshal, 18:56, 5th; Charlotte Fortune, 19:17, 7th (1st F); Angus Gallie, 19:37, 9th; Paul Dudchenko, 20:27, 14th; Michal Sroka, 20:37, 15th; Darren Dick, 21:47, 20th; Hilary Stocks, 22:26, 22nd (also first F40); Ronnie Simpson, 24:17, 26th; Jill Horsburgh, 25:04, 28th.
The main event at the weekend was the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which had significant involvement from the club with entries in the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and the Hairy Haggis Marathon Relay combined with a number of club members also helping out with stewarding duties. One particular member, Bryan Grome, could not choose between events and instead opted to compete in every single one. First up on Saturday was the 10k, which he ran in 49:36 before taking on the 5k at a more leisurely pace running alongside his daughter, Amy. Sunday began with a Half Marathon in 1:46:51 before taking on a leg of the Hairy Haggis marathon relay!
Those that took on the main event of the weekend, the marathon, would encounter a mixture of weather conditions that would perhaps match the variety of emotions they would experience whilst running the event. Damp, dreary moments and dark, cloudy periods would however be overshadowed by the bright times with Gerry McArdle (3:27:53), Kenny (3:30:57) and Jennifer (3:56:19) being delighted with their results.
The final EMF mention goes to Darren Dick, a late substitute to Bryan’s Hairy Haggis Relay team. Bemoaning the fact that this would force him to run wearing a smurf T-shirt (a rule one he insists was not of his making) Darren was however happy to be part of a team that finished in a shade over four hours.
Continuing a theme of parkrun tourism, three of the ladies chose to take on St Andrews and were full of praise for the event on their return – a warm welcome in a beautiful park is how their experience was described. Charlotte Fortune was to return 2nd lady and 8th overall with her time of 19:03. Hilary Stocks was elated with her first run under 22 minutes for the 5k, taking 4th female and 20th overall in 21:51. Not to be outdone, Jill Horsburgh rounded off a successful trio by being a clear winner in her age category with her time of 24:30.
Times and places from other parkrun events: Edinburgh - Louisa Cockburn, 26:32, 192nd (34th F) and Falkirk – Malcolm Hughes, 20:20, 9th.
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