weekly report (ending 3 November 2013)

posted 10 Nov 2013, 13:00 by Hilary Stocks
This weekend saw LAC members take on the extremes of distance running and the extremes of November weather in Scotland
Linlithgow runners headed to Dundee on Sunday 3 November to complete in the Templeton 10 mile road race. Described as a hill race disguised as a road race, the route climbed up and down (or more accurately down and up) open countryside to the north of Dundee. The cold and windy November morning meant that all competitors were reluctant to strip down into race clothes until the last possible moment. A small false start, and then the race was off.  After a quick downhill start, the route climbed steadily for the next 4 miles. A flattish section with a tailwind gave a welcome respite, before a  downhill section and then the tough mile running into the headwind. The final couple of miles were uphill to the finish line and a tent full of tasty homebaking. LAC club runners had some excellent results, with John Redding placing in the top 10, and the Men’s Team finishing 4th in the team event. The race was the last event for this years LAC club championship, adding an extra element to the mini-battles for positions throughout the race.
Results in full are as follows: John Redding 9th 64:30, Angus Gallie 21st 68:30, Doug Robertson 28th 70:31, Scott Hyslop 36th 71:46, Paul Dudchenko 38th 71:58, Malcolm Hughes 48th 73:02, Hilary Stocks 95th 82:23, Jennifer Newton 138th 88:41.
Saturday saw  rather wetter weather and different types of racing. Johan Meinjies ran the Glen Ogle ultra marathon in very wet, windy and cold weather. A route of 33 miles started and finished in Strathyre, and used forest trails, quiet country roads and  cycle paths towards Balquihidder, then up Glen Ogle to a position high above Lochearnhead before descending back to Strathyre. Johan finished in 66th position with a time of 5 hours 3 minutes and 6 seconds. A tough day racing in wet, cold and muddy conditions.
At the opposite end of distance running, Andrew Fischbacher ran his first sub-17 minute 5k race on Saturday, finishing in 7th position at Edinburgh parkrun with a time of 16:56. An excellent result for this young runner, who at the age of 15 continues to improve each and every time he runs this distance.
At the Falkirk parkrun, Darren Dick finished 30th with a new PB of 22:04, and Bryan Grome ran his first parkrun to finish 49th in a time of 23:33.