There was more medal success last Wednesday as the Linlithgow AC's ladies took 3rd Female place at the Self Transcendence 3 x 1 mile relays at the Meadows, Edinburgh. Running under the name Linlithgow Chickadees, Charly Fortune's leg was timed at 5:29, with Karen Duncan (6:07) and Lynne McGill (5:51). Linlithgow Men's team of Paul Dudchenko (5:52), Gerry McArdle (5:49) and John Redding (5:00) were placed 13th overall.
At the other end of the scale on Saturday, ultramarathoner Johan Meintjies took on the course and conditions at the Devil o' the Highlands footrace, an event that covers 42 miles of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William, with well over 6,000ft of ascent along the way. The race started in the rain which proved to be a portent of things to come as runners experienced almost wintry conditions. A small field of 150 hardy individuals began to spread out on the undulating, rocky paths, each becoming little more than a speck on the as they as they wound their way through the an imposing landscape of moor and glens, often surrounded by mean and moody mountains. The varying climate and terrain are such that runners are obliged to carry several items of equipment for safety reasons. It is also mandatory that each runner has their own support crew to aid (or even rescue) them should they encounter any difficulties. Johan completed the full course in just over 8hrs 33mins, even putting in a strong finish as he entered Fort William to hold off a small chasing pack.
Opting on Sunday for the flatter course of the Babcock Marine Helensburgh Half Marathon was Mark Pullan. Mark has been targeting the half this year and was delighted therefore with a new PB in a time of 1:40.
The Scottish Standard Distance Triathlon Championship was held last weekend at Knockburn Loch in Aberdeenshire and Ian Logan continued his impressive run of form, finishing 7th overall. The race was run in hot and windy conditions, however Ian still recorded splits of 20:22 for the 1500m swim, 1:10:30 for the 42km bike and 37:43 for the 10km run.
Other Linlithgow AC times:
37th Malcolm Hughes 20:22
(Malcolm was also first in his age category)
3rd John Redding 18:15 (PB) 13th Scott Hyslop 20:36 (PB) 45th Darren Dick 22:58 (PB)
Weekly Race Report >