Weekly report (ending 6 October)

posted 7 Oct 2013, 12:17 by Hilary Stocks
Glasgow was the centre of attraction last weekend for the Great Scottish Run. A series of events over Saturday and Sunday saw almost 30,000 people take part in various children’s fun runs on the Saturday, followed by 10k and half marathon races on the Sunday. For Linlithgow AC runners, the half marathon forms part of the club’s annual championship, so a dozen runners made the trip to Glasgow, to line up alongside some of the best elite runners in the world. Linlithgow AC’s Graeme Lawson was also invited to be there as one of the official timekeepers for the elite runners – in this type of race the official time is captured manually via a stopwatch for the first 10-20 elite runners. Everyone else then relies on times captured via chips attached to their shoes.
As it turned out, Linlithgow AC club vests could be seen on the TV broadcast, due to fortuitous positioning on the startline by double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie. Haile didn’t appear to be perturbed by his encounter with Linlithgow residents, and went on to win the race and set a new race record time of 1:01:09.
The race started with an uphill exit from George Square, before crossing the Clyde over the Kingston Bridge (it’s not often you get the opportunity to run on a motorway). The route then wound its way around Bellahouston Park before heading back via Ibrox to the Squinty Bridge, then along past the SECC to the Science Museum. The final leg was back past the new Hydro venue to finish on Glasgow Green.
The fairly flat course let to some fantastic new PBs for club members. Results in full are as follows:
John Redding 1:22:19
Charlotte Fortune 1:26:05
Angus Gallie 1:27:57
Malcolm Hughes 1:29:49
Scott Hyslop 1:32:44
Gerry McArdle 1:34:51
Michal Sroka 1:35:08
Mark Pullan 1:40:25
Darren Dick 1:45:28
Brian Couper 1:46:44
Hilary Stocks 1:48:04
Jennifer Buckl Newton 1:59:13.
Meanwhile, at Edinburgh Parkrun on Saturday, Frances Wood continued her fine form, setting a new PB of 21:37 to finish first in her age category (again).