Weekly report (ending 30/03/14)

posted 3 Apr 2014, 11:33 by Graeme Lawson

On a fairly quiet weekend race-wise for Linlithgow Athletic Club it was strangely duathlon racing that took prominence, as Charlotte Fortune and Gerry McArdle opted for the run-bike-run format at events hosted in Stirling by the local triathlon club.

Both athletes were competing in their first duathlons, with Charly questioning her sanity for entering the Standard distance event which comprised a 10k run and 40k cycle before finishing with a 5k Run.  Entering this format would mean that her first attempt at the sport would actually see her compete in the Scottish Duathlon Championships. An impressive time of 2hrs 36mins exactly earned her 24th female place on the day – not bad for a beginner!

Gerry took on the Sprint distance which would see him run 5k, cycle 20k, finish with another 5k run and learn a couple of lessons about this challenging sport. Learning that transition between running and cycling poses its physical challenges as the body adapts to using different muscles was tough enough, but finding out that he had incurred a two minute penalty for removing his cycling helmet too early hit him hardest. The outcome was that he would lose a few places but he should be satisfied with his time of 1:35:31 giving him 37th place overall out of the 89 starters.

As usual there were a few runners spotted at parkrun events. David Marshall took 18th place at Edinburgh parkrun with his time of 18:01, just outside his best. Across Falkirk parkrun, Malcolm Hughes was 11th in 20:38 and Roddy Simpson 71st in 24:17.