Weekly report (ending 5th January 2014)

posted 10 Jan 2014, 00:27 by Graeme Lawson   [ updated 10 Jan 2014, 00:28 ]

For most of the country, New Year’s Day is reserved for relaxation and recuperation but not for some of the hardier members of Linlithgow Athletic Club.

On January 1st Frances Wood took on the Portobello Promathon, a popular that always attracts a high class field. In recent times this race has experienced it’s fair share of adverse weather, however this year the conditions were ideal (bright, sunny and not very windy). In fact, some of the athletes found their run along by the beach too enticing and ended up paddling in the sea after the race. Frances completed the 4 mile race in 27:54, placing 24th lady and second in the V50 category.

The same day would see Charly Fortune, Bryan Grome, Brian Couper, Malcolm Hughes and Darren Dick heading to Camperdown parkrun in Dundee for it’s New Year’s Day event. Anyone familiar with Camperdown will be aware that this is a hilly event and when the ground is wet underfoot can be more akin to a cross country event. Charly Fortune’s time of 20:34 may have reflected this, however it was still enough for her to be the leading lady of the day (9th overall), as well as the first LAC runner home. The boys’ results were: Malcolm Hughes, 17th, 21:54; Darren Dick, 26th, 23:03; Brian Couper, 35th, 24:55 and Bryan Grome, 54th, 26:39.

Fast forward to Saturday and it was a case of three parkruns; Edinburgh, Falkirk and Strathclyde. In Edinburgh, amongst a bumper field of 491, the mild conditions were a continuation of the Promathon weather which again led to some great performances. Scott Hyslop was the first home or the club with a PB of 19:40 giving him 42nd place. Following him were: Darren Dick, 106th, 21:46; Brian Couper, 107th, 21:47; France Wood, 110th (12th Female) and Shirley Hyslop 325th (62nd F) 27:43.

Falkirk parkrun experienced it largest field to date as 217 runner chose to take to the paths around Callendar Park. Andrew Fischbacher continued his run of good form taking 8th place with his time of 18:22. Malcolm Hughes was 25th in 20:57 with Paul Dudchenko 28th in 21:09.

David Marshall was LAC’s sole runner at Strathclyde parkrun but did the club proud with a top ten finish. David finished 9th out of a field of 180 with his time of 19:00.