Weekly Report (ending 9th July)

posted 13 Jun 2013, 23:52 by Graeme Lawson

Livingston was again the venue for the latest round in Linlithgow AC’s club championship series, this time for the Dechmont Law 10k Trail Race. Seven members of the club chose to take on a rather undulating course that climbs part of the Law itself and then meanders through the woodland pathways on the hillside. Maximum club championship points were secured by John Redding and Jennifer Newton in the male and female events respectively.


In the overall competition, John Redding was just denied a podium place, finishing in the frustrating fourth position in a time of 37:43. A little further down the field, Johan Meintjies (40th in 46:11) narrowly outsprinted Gerry McArdle (41st in 46:14), the pair having duelled for most of the race. Mark Pullan (47th in 46:40), Graeme Lawson (51st in 47:16), Matt Richardson (73rd in 50:26) and Jennifer Newton (93rd in 53:08) were the other LAC finishers.

In the Fun Run event for juniors, Louise Paterson finished in 25th place in 13:49 and Sam Jones was 29th in 14:17.

Travelling further afield, David Marshall ran in the Berry Creek Falls 10k held in Big Basins Redwood State Park in California. Elevations in the park vary from sea level to over 2,000ft and David claims that the 10k route too in a large amount of this climb, his course description being ‘like running from the bottom of Preston Road to the top of Cockleroy with a hair dryer in your face’. This explains why his time (59:37) was significantly slower than his previous personal worst for a 10k race. The time alone however does not tell the entire as David continued his recent excellent from with another second place.


Malcolm Hughes (20th in 20:44), Graeme Lawson (31st in 21:30) and Hilary Stocks (74th in 24:47) complete the week’s round-up with their efforts at Falkirk parkrun.