Weekly report (ending 8th December 2013)

posted 15 Dec 2013, 06:48 by Graeme Lawson

parkruns (it’s trademarked with a lower case “p”) seem to be starting up all over Scotland at the moment, with the latest being Perth parkrun which is held on a flat, fast course through the city’s North Inch and Riverside parks. A number of Linlithgow AC runners decided to go  along last weekend to lend their support to it’s second event and achieved some success to boot.

Charly Fortune continued her run of parkrun success in taking first lady prize (and 5th overall) with her time of 19:05. This being quicker than the first woman in the previous week means she is also now the current female course record holder. Charly was first home for the club but, in excellent running conditions , the remaining Linlithgow athletes also produced some great performances with four LAC placed in the top twenty. Other results were Scott Hyslop (8th position, time 19:31); Darren Dick (19th, 21:00); Mark Pullan (20th, 21:02); Bryan Grome (30th, 22:21); Johan Meintjies (34th, 23:01); Jennifer Newton (42nd, 8th Female, 23:45) and Shirley Hyslop (67th, 19th F, 26:04)

On Sunday, David Mason headed south to Bowhill Estate Park near Selkirk to take on the first event in the Bowhill Duathlon series. The three events in the series (Sunday was the Short one) are based around anticipated winners times rather than any standard distances with the expectation that the bike and run would each take twenty minutes.

The first leg was a rather hilly run of around 3.7km along muddy paths with ditches and branches providing further obstacles. After a quick change into cycling gear there was the challenge of a technical mountain bike course of around 6.5km, which delivered further mud and forest debris. David completed the run in 18:48 and the cycle in 23:10 which, with  transition (getting changed) taking him 1:11, gave him a total time of 43:09 and 1st in the V40 age grouping (13th overall).