Weekly update: Self Transcendence, British & Irish Masters XC, From Hel N Back, Kyles 10 Miles, RJT Grand Prix and... parkrun

A busy week for the Club started with Alex and Frances Wood who were at Self Transcendence 2 mile race at the Meadows, Edinburgh on Wednesday evening. Frances finished first FV60 in 14:46 and Alex finished in 17:03.

On Saturday, Frances Wood was then at Tollcross Park in Glasgow for the British and Irish Masters XC Trial Race, along with Colin Hutcheon. The course for all women and over 65 men was a three lap, undulating 6k (approx.) on soft ground, but with a few muddy stretches. The event had the best Masters runners in the country vying for places in the Scotland team to race on 16 November in Southport.  Unfortunately, neither hit the qualifying slots but enjoyed the experience against stiff competition. Colin placed 5th VM65 in 24:03 and Frances placed 6th VW60 in 26:43. 

Also on Saturday, Scott Hyslop continued his good form at the From Hel N Back Hill race. Starting and finishing in Helensburgh, the 12km trail route had no shortage of great views. Scott finished 26th in 61mins, 3rd MV50. Roddy Simpson and Bryan Grome were at the Kyles 10 Miles race in scenic Argyll. Roddy finished in 1:41:59 and Bryan Grome in 1:27:48. 

Two of the Club’s Junior Section were at the final Run Jump Throw Grand Prix of the season on Sunday, hosted by Livingston Athletic Club. Sabrina Pannozzo competed in the U11 category, with Gillian Emery in the U13 age group. Gillian's brother Euan also took part in the U9 competition.

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners across 7 different runs.

Mandy Cazes was at Edinburgh, finishing in 28:38. At Falkirk, Gary Welsh continued his return to fitness by finishing in 25:41 and Joyce Robertson in 26:44. Geoff Pendrill was at Livingston, finishing in 22:07. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. Neil Anderson completed Mount Stuart in 22:05 and was the Club’s quickest finisher this week. Scott Cumming was at Troon, finishing in 24:45. David Main-Reade was at Bressay, finishing in 22:51 and Jill Horsburgh was at Erddig, finishing in 24:36.

Club Championship Update - September

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There were some great performances at the Stirling 10k recently with valuable club championship points collected as we go into the final few races of the season.

Paul Emery and Charlotte Moran are still holding onto top spots in the overall championship competition but there have been changes in the podium places for both men and women. Lots still to run for.

In the handicap competition, there have been no changes in the significant places for the women but a good run from Scott Cumming at Stirling has meant he leap frogs up into 3rd, with Martin Maginnis the casualty in this instance.

As runners start to accumulate more points, the standings are becoming closer. All to play for. Next up Linlithgow 10k on the 6th October. Don’t forget you can still get a half marathon or marathon time in too.

As usual, if you think you’ve a race performance that has been missed, please email: jeredding@hotmail.com .

The scores on the doors:

Male

  1. Paul Emery (490)

  2. Paul Dudchenko (488)

  3. Scott Cumming (461)

  4. John Redding (400)

  5. Martin Maginnis (397)

  6. Colin Sumpter (394)

  7. Scott Hyslop (386)

  8. Angus Gallie (380)

  9. Ian Lockhart (369)

  10. Roddy Simpson (369)

Female

  1. Charlotte Moran (492)

  2. Mandy Cazes (491)

  3. Karen Outram (391)

  4. Rosemary Gallagher (391)

  5. Frances Wood (387)

  6. Claire Rice (386)

  7. Mairi Watts (300)

  8. Kathryn Holm (295)

  9. Jennifer Newton (294)

  10. Alison Marshall (283)

Handicap standings:

Male

  1. Paul Emery (489)

  2. Scott Cumming (487)

  3. Paul Dudchenko (483)

  4. Angus Gallie (396)

  5. Martin Maginnis (393)

  6. John Redding (386)

  7. Ian Lockhart (383)

  8. Roddy Simpson (373)

  9. Scott Hyslop (300)

  10. Darren Dick (299)

Female

  1. Mandy Cazes (500)

  2. Charlotte Moran (483)

  3. Frances Wood (392)

  4. Kathryn Holm (299)

  5. Karen Outram (396)

  6. Lorna Simpson (192)

  7. Laura Finlay (399)

  8. Jill Horsburgh (100)

  9. Kirsty Oliver (99)

  10. Rebecca Evans (97)

Weekly update: Ben Nevis Hill Race, Ayr Half, Stirling 10k, Woburn Tri 10k and a new Jogleader

A belated congratulations to Yvonne McHugh who completed the Jogscotland Jogleader course and now joins our cohort of Jogleaders. Well done, Yvonne.

Paul Dudchenko and David Mason completed the Ben Nevis Hill Race on Saturday. Very hot conditions and a busy race with almost 500 runners clambering to the top of Britain's highest mountain then back into Fort William. The race is just over 14km with 1360m of climbing. David finished 203rd in 2:28:03 and Paul was 299th in 2:44:45.

On Saturday evening, Alison Malone and Malcolm Hughes were on the west coast for the Ayr Half Marathon. The route takes runners south of the town before a long straight finish along the beachfront. Alison finished in 1:42:12 and Malcolm in 1:49:03.

On Sunday, 17 Linlithgow AC runners completed the Stirling 10k race, favorable conditions and a fast, flat course meant for few PBs and a chance to grab some Club Championship points. For the men, John Redding was first home in 35:44 followed by Colin Sumpter in 39:39, then Scott Hyslop in 40:59, Paul Emery in 42:01, Angus Gallie in 42:18, Paul Dudchenko in 44:25, Ian Lockhart in 47:09, Scott Cumming in 49:26, Roddy Simpson in 54:26 and Graham Chambers in 59:48. For the women, Mair Watts was first home in 41:13, then Mandy Cazes in 46:05, Karen Outtram 46:16, Rosemary Gallagher in 47:34, Jennifer Newtons in 48:01, Charlotte Moran in 48:05 and Alison Stewart in 53:27.

Also on Sunday, David Main-Reade completed the 10k run at Woburn Triathlon. Improving on last year’s effort, finishing in 47 mins.

At parkrun, the Club had 14 runners across 5 different runs.

The Club’s biggest turnout was at Falkirk where 11 Linlithgow runners were amongst the 571 runners that helped Falkirk celebrate its 400th event. Martin Maginnis was first home in 20:10, then Ian Boxall in 21:04, Rebecca Hammond in 23:30, Ian Lockhart in 23:47, Jill Horsburgh in 23:48, Neil Anderson in 23:59, Gary Welsh in 29:08, Isobel Lockhart in 29:27, Hannah Danson (and buggy!) in 31:50 and Roddy Simpson in 57:30 (tail walker). Elsewhere, Ian Fyfe was at Livingston, finishing in 29:28. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade was at Bushy Park in London, finishing in 22:33. Joyce Robertson was at Victoria Park in Glasgow, finishing in 26:21 and Michael Watts was at Loch Leven, finishing in 22:07.

Weekly update: The Heb adventure race, Perth 10k and parkrun

Brian Couper, Darren Dick and Neil Anderson (fresh from his trip to Shetland) took part in The Heb, an adventure race set in some of the most spectacular, wild and remote landscape in Scotland – the Hebridean Island chain off the west coast. The trio spent two days cycling along beaches, kayaking, climbing hills and trotting through bogs. The mud and sand will (eventually) wash away but the memories of North and South Uist and Benbecula will never fade - a great race by all accounts. 

On Sunday, Ian Logan and Hannah Danson were in Perth for the 10k race. A popular event on the Scottish running calendar, the race has been going for over 30 years. A flat, fast route taking in views of the River Tay, and offers runners a good opportunity for a fast time. Ian finished in 36:31 mins making him 8th overall (2nd MV), and Hannah finished in 51:46 mins. 

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners across 6 different runs.

Martin Maginnis was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Livingston in 20:14. Also at Livingston, Lorna Simpson finished in 24:34 and Mandy Cazes in 25:04. At Southwark, Charlotte Fortune finished in 20:43. At Polkemmet, Jill Horsburgh finished in 25:38. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade was at Zilmere in Brisbane (collecting his ‘Z’ in the process), finishing in 22:44. Scott Cumming was at Hay Lodge, finishing in 26:21 and Ian Box all was in Stonehaven, finishing in 22:04.

September training schedule

Here's your September schedule - and note the addition of a Saturday pm XC Taster session - with more details soon.

All levels of runners welcome. All coached sessions meet at Lowport and start at 19.30 except for track nights which are at Grangemouth Stadium, also at 19.30.

We aim to make all sessions inclusive and suitable for all kinds of runners, so please come along. Happy to answer any queries.

  • Tuesday 3 - Track - 2 x (6 x 200) @ 1500 - Frances Wood (FW)

  • Thursday 5 - 4 x (3x3x3) on the Canal - David Marshall (DM)

  • Thursday 12 - 4 mile tempo - 10k course - DM

  • Thursday 19 - Track - 6 x 1000@10k - FW

  • Saturday 21 - XC Taster - Jill Horsburgh

  • Thursday 26 - Handicap Race - Alison Marshall

 

Coaching update: Changes to coaching set-up and offering

KEY COACHING CONTACTS:

This is the current line-up (with UKathletics or jogscotland qualifications noted) and we’re always on the look out for more people to train as coaches to work with adults and youths, or children. Please do contact Frances if you’d like to start your coaching journey.

  • Frances Wood - Athletics Coach, Event Group Coach (Endurance)

  • Lorna Simpson - Athletics Coach (and working towards EGC Endurance)

  • Angus Gallie, David Marshall - Assistant Coaches

  • Ian Fyfe and Mike Watts (attending Assistant Coach training course Nov 19)

  • Jogleaders – Alex Wood, Roddy Simpson, Angus Gallie, Lorna Simpson, Rachel Waugh (Yvonne McHugh training 9/19)

OUR COACHING OFFERING:

  1. 1:1 Coaching

  2. Let’s Go Linlithgow

  3. Handicap Race - Sweep runner required

  4. Thursday Coached Sessions – Beginners sessions

  5. XC Sessions – Start Sept

  6. Twice Monthly Paced Runs – Start Oct / Nov

  7. Additional Track Session each month

1:1 Coaching:-

We can’t offer much of this as a Club, but you are welcome to approach any of the coaches. Frances is willing to provide advice on training or general fitness to any members but may also have capacity to offer more tailored training support to a few – so if anyone wants to have a chat about this, please get in touch.

Let’s Go Linlithgow (LGL):-

The Club has officially adopted LGL as its jogscotland wing. It’s a service to our local community which aims to get people from couch to 5k – then onwards! It’s free and if you know anyone who’d like to get into running – do put them in touch! Alex, Roddy and Rachel are running a Friday morning 5k-10k group just now and plan to start another couch to 5k in the autumn. More info from Alex or Roddy and from the LGL Facebook page - And big thanks to Lorna Simpson for getting this up and running!

Handicap Race - Sweep Runner Required:-

We’re keen to encourage runners of all standards age 14 plus, to join in the fun of our monthly handicap race which is organised by Alison Marshall. But we want to make sure no-one gets left out on the course if they have to stop running, so we’re introducing a sweep runner position. This person will make sure everyone gets back to the finish, and walk in with anyone who needs some company or support. We do need volunteers – so please watch out for Alison’s post on Facebook and get in touch with Alison now if you’d be up for volunteering.

Thursday Coached Sessions – Week 2 for Beginners - Starting October 2019:-

We’re delighted to recruit so many new members this year, and some of them have come direct from LGL. All our coached sessions – whether on the track or in the town - are open to runners of all standards and we try to be as inclusive as possible. But in response to requests for sessions which are particularly suitable for beginners, the second Thursday session in each month is just that! Watch out for details on Facebook and on the Club’s training calendar.

XC Sessions – Volunteers Needed – Starting September:-

The Cross Country season starts in October and we think it would be a good idea to run some ‘intro to XC’ sessions to prepare people who are new to XC and want to give it a go. The suggestion is a Saturday afternoon in Rosemount Park. We need a volunteer who’s experienced in running XC – anyone up for organising a couple of sessions, please contact Frances Wood or David Marshall.

Twice Monthly Paced Runs – Start October / November – Volunteers Needed:-

In response to requests for a Tuesday run which is structured and paced and helps beginners or improvers keep going during the winter, we’re planning to introduce paced runs on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, at that same time as the existing Tuesday social runs.

Mike Watts and Ian Fyfe will lead on this and are working on details just now with Angus Gallie – so please watch out for further news on our Facebook page/webpage – and contact them and if you’d like to volunteer as a pacer.

Additional Track Session each month – Share your views:-

We’re interested in your views about a third track session subject to availability of coaches – possibly running the same session on the Tuesday and Thursday of week 3 each month. Please contact Frances if you’d be interested in this – and whether an earlier time of 18.00 and a different venue – Craigswood - would be attractive? I also plan to discuss with LGL members any interest they may have in a dedicated track session for beginners.

GET IN TOUCH

Please contact Head Coach, Frances with any queries or views. Your Club depends on volunteers, so if you can find some time to volunteer in any of the various areas above, we’d love to hear from you!

Weekly update: Club Mile race, Bridge to Brisbane 10K, Kirkcaldy Parks Half Marathon and parkrun

On Thursday evening, Craigswood track, Livingston, was once again the venue for Linlithgow AC’s annual Mile race. The miserable summer weather meant for slick conditions underfoot. After 4 laps of the track, it came down to hundredths of a second between first and second place - almost a photo finish. For the men, first home was Martin Maginnis in 5:43.21, closely followed by Neil Barnes in 5:43.91 and Paul Emery in 5:44.69, then Scott Cumming in 6:21.34, Darren Dick in 6:22.31 and Bryan Grome in 7:46.52. For the women, Lynne McGill was first home in 5:49.33, then Mandy Cazes in 6:35.63 and Karen Outram in 6:49.69. Thanks again to John, Paul and Roddy.

David Main-Reade was in Brisbane on Saturday. After a delayed arrival and missing out on securing a ‘Z’ for his parkrun alphabet effort at Zilmere parkrun Brisbane. David ran the Bridge to Brisbane 10K race finishing in 55 mins despite the jetlag.

On Sunday, Mandy Cazes was amongst the 930 runners at the Kirkcaldy Parks Half Marathon. The race was the town's first long distance race in nearly three decades, with Fife Provost Jim Leishman officially opening the race. Mandy finished in 1:47:40.

Photo credit: Roddy Simpson and Neil Anderson.

At parkrun, the Club had 10 runners across 6 different runs.

Neil Anderson made the trip to Shetland this weekend to complete his goal of running all the Scottish parkruns - although it is a moving target with several other new runs rumoured to start over the next couple of months. 

Getting to Bressay was a bit of an adventure. Neil made the trip to Lerwick on Friday involving a bicycle, two trains and a ferry, and on Saturday morning, he joined an excited group of runners and volunteers to take the 9am ferry across to Bressay for the run. The Run Director warned of a rogue scorie (that’s a seagull for us southerners) had dived at one of the volunteers checking the route, adding that there were no “dead things” on the course, reassuring no doubt! Motivated by the promise of coffee and cake in the Speldiburn Café next to the finish line, Neil finished the course in 22:04.

Elsewhere, Ian Boxall was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 21:24. Also at Falkirk, Hannah Danson finished in 26:01 and Roddy Simpson in 38:01. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 24:31. At Livingston, Colin Hutcheon finished in 21:42 (1st MV65), Brian Couper in 23:37 and Lorna Simpson in 24:44. At Dunfermline, Joyce Robertson finished in 27:54. 

Our other parkrun tourist was Ian Fyfe who was at Drumpellier, finishing in 25:36.

Club Championship Update - August

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A we enter the 2nd half of the year there have been some valuable points scored over the last few weeks at both designated races and our floating events. What that now means is this….

Paul Emery and Charlotte Moran are holding onto their lead with both of them having done the required 5 races to count. Will they need to post a back-up time or 2 to keep that lead? Behind Paul is another Paul (Dudchenko) and a queue of athletes having completed 3 races who could easily be on the podium with another 2 performances. For the women, Mandy Cazes and Frances Wood are staying close to Charlotte out in front, and again a gathering of runners who could jump a few places with another good performance or 2.

Onto the handicap, Paul has a hand on this trophy too, but can he hold on tight enough as we approach both the Stirling 10k and Linlithgow 10k in the next couple of months. Mandy Cazes, showing her improvement over the year so far, has leap frogged our Champs leader Charlotte into first place with Frances Wood also currently on the podium.

If you think you done a race to count and I’ve missed it, then please email John at: jeredding@hotmail.com.

Championship standings as it stands:

Male

  1. Paul Emery (481)

  2. Paul Dudchenko (393)

  3. John Redding (300)

  4. Martin Maginnis (297)

  5. Colin Sumpter (295)

  6. Michael Watts (290)

  7. Scott Hyslop (288)

  8. Ian Boxall (286)

  9. Angus Gallie (284)

  10. Alex Wood (278)

Female

  1. Charlotte Moran (492)

  2. Mandy Cazes (483)

  3. Frances Wood (387)

  4. Claire Rice (386)

  5. Kathryn Holm (295)

  6. Rosemary Gallagher (294)

  7. Alison Marshall (283)

  8. Mairi Watts (200)

  9. Jennier Newton (198)

  10. Lorna Simpson (197)

Handicap standings:

Male

  1. Paul Emery (485)

  2. Paul Dudchenko (391)

  3. Angus Gallie (297)

  4. Martin Maginnis (296)

  5. John Redding (293)

  6. Ian Boxall (292)

  7. Michael Watts (291)

  8. Scott Cumming (289)

  9. Ian Lockhart (288)

  10. Roddy Simpson (282)

Female

  1. Mandy Cazes (496)

  2. Charlotte Moran (483)

  3. Frances Wood (392)

  4. Kathryn Holm (299)

  5. Alison Marshall (297)

  6. Karen Outram (198)

  7. Lorna Simpson (192)

  8. Jill Horsburgh (100)

  9. Kirsty Oliver (99)

  10. Rebecca Evans (97)

Weekly update: Coll Half Marathon, Forth Bridge 10k and parkrun

It was a battle against the elements this week for Linlithgow AC…

Jill Horsburgh was in the windy (with intermittent hail and vertical rain!) Inner Hebrides on Saturday for the Coll Half Marathon. The route, starting at the Calmac Ferry terminal follows the main road around the island, looping runners back toward Arinagour for the finish. Jill finished the race in 01:58:28 (1st FV60, 13th female). 

4 Linlithgow runners were at the Forth Road Bridge 10k on Sunday. The race, returning to the Scottish running calendar after a break last year, saw runners faced with +40mph winds. Alison Malone was first home for the Linlithgow women, finishing in 46:54 (5th FV40), followed by Claire Rice in 50:09, Lorna Simpson in 50:37 and Louisa Cockburn in 53:15. For the men, Martin Maginnis finished in 42:35.  

Another quiet week at parkrun, the Club had 5 runners across 7 different runs.

Ian Boxall was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 21:32. Also at Falkirk, Rebecca Hammond finished in 24:34 and Roddy Simpson in 27:59. At Plean, Neil Anderson finished in 21:47. At Livingston, Malcolm Hughes finished in 22:21.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Mandy Cazes was at Drumpellier, finishing in 24:26 and Scott Cumming ran Walmer and Deal Seafront, finishing in 25:50.

Weekly update: North Berwick Law race, Grangemouth Open Graded event and parkrun

Ian Logan was in East Lothian for the North Berwick Law race on Wednesday evening.  The race went from the harbour to the top of the Law and back, approximately 4.8km. Ian finished the race 23:01 mins, and was 12th overall and 2nd male veteran.

Also on Wednesday, Scott Cumming was at the Grangemouth Open Graded event. The majority of those competing were juniors, but there were also a fair few seniors. Over 800m distance, Scott secured a PB time of 2 mins 46.76 secs. A well organised event with electronic timing and wind gauges for the sprinters. For anyone interested, there will be a similar event on 21 August at Livingston. 

A relatively quiet week at parkrun, the Club had 11 runners across 4 different runs.

Junior LAC member James Hammond was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 19:39. Also at Falkirk, Martin Maginnis finished in 20:21, Ian Boxall in 21:39, Malcolm Hughes in 22:17, Hannah Danson in 26:49 and Rebecca Hammond in 27:03. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 24:43 and Mandy Cazes in 26:16.

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade and Jill Horsburgh were at Hazlehead, finishing in 23:10 and 24:57, respectively. Neil Anderson was not far away in Ellon, finishing in 20:36.

Weekly update: Devil in the Highlands, Dunoon Half, Mhor Marathon and a parkrun centurion

On Saturday, David Mason made his first attempt at the Devil in the Highlands Footrace (and his first Ultra distance event). 42 miles with 6500 feet of climbing along the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William coupled with unseasonably hot temperatures in the high 20's added to this extremely challenging event. David completed the race in 10:00:18, a great achievement.

Also on Saturday, Kathryn Holm and Claire Rice had favorable conditions for the Dunoon Half Marathon. An out and back course along the coast which also concludes with a children’s race, a great family event. Kathryn finished in 1:48:19 (just 4 secs off bettering last year’s effort). Claire finished in 1:50:46, a course PB for Claire and also taking a chunk off last year’s time.

On Sunday, Bryan Grome was in Callander for the Mhor Marathon. The course takes runners along the trails beside Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil with a total elevation of 2250 feet, finishing at the Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Balquhidder. Bryan finished in 05:24:08 (official time tbc).

At parkrun, the Club had 13 runners across 7 different runs.

Richard Wood was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Rutland Water in 19:29. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk, where Lorna Simpson completed her 100th parkrun aptly dressed as a Centurion, finishing in 24:51. Angus Gallie also ran, finishing in 20:57 (1st MV60), then Ian Boxall in 21:40, Mandy Cazes (and buggy!) in 29:34 and Yvonne McHugh in 34:38. At Edinburgh, Ian Lockhart finished in 23:23, Scott Cumming in 23:55 and Isobel Lockhart in 28:31. At Livingston, Charlotte Moran finished in 24:44.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Eglinton in 22:57, David Main-Reade ran Inverness in 22:45, Neil Anderson ran Drumpellier in 21:00.

August training schedule

Here's August plans for your diaries - all welcome!

All levels of runners welcome. All coached sessions meet at Lowport and start at 19.30 except for track nights which are at Grangemouth Stadium, also at 19.30.

  • 1 August - 4 x (3x3x3) on the Canal - David Marshall

  • 6 August - Track - 800/1500 pace session - Frances Wood

  • 8 August - Monafartlek on the Peel - David Marshall

  • 15 August - Track - Pyramid session at 10k pace - Frances Wood

  • 22 August - Club Mile Race, Craigswood - John Redding

  • 29 August - Handicap Race - Alison Marshall

 

Weekly update: Falkland Hill race, Donkey Brae race and parkrun

On Wednesday evening Carolyn Walker was in Fife for the Falkland hill race. The route takes runners along the trails and paths in the beautiful surroundings of Falkland Estate and not to mention the Falkland Hill. Carolyn finished in 55mins 45secs.

On Sunday Mandy Cazes and Jill Horsburgh ran Donkey Brae run, part of the Aberdour Festival. The 7 mile route heads out to Dalgety Bay before circling back and finishing at Silver Sands. Official results to be confirmed, by their own timing Jill finished in 1hr 2secs and Mandy in 1hr 55secs. 

At parkrun, the Club had 12 runners across 7 different runs.

Andrew McGill was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, taking 1st place at St Andrews in 16:21. The biggest club turnout was at Falkirk, where John Smith was first home in 19:33, followed by Scott Hyslop finished in 21:40, then Ian Boxall in 21:52, Malcolm Hughes in 22:21 and Lorna Simpson in 25:04. Elsewhere, Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 25:35, Mandy Cazes also ran finishing in 32:49. Richard Wood ran Leicester Victoria in 19:54.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Greenock in 24:31, Lynsey Hay ran Perth in 29:39, Jill Horsburgh ran Drumpellier in 24:53 (1st in age category).

Weekly update: Self Transcendence series, Glamaig Hill race and big turnout at parkrun

On Wednesday evening Frances Wood was back again at the Meadows for the Self Transcendence series. Frances finished the 2mile race in 14mins 11 secs, and again 1st FV60.

Angus Gallie was at the Glamaig Hill Race on Skye earlier this month. Described as "one of the toughest races in Scottish hill-running", it didn’t disappoint. Angus finished 01:41:21. Angus put his effort into perspective against the hill-running 'specialists'. The winning time by Finlay Wild (Lochaber Athletic Club) was 00:46:46 - meaning that he was up and down the hill before Angus reached the summit! Impressive.

Another busy week at parkrun, where the Club had 19 runners across 9 different runs.

James Hammond was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Bath Skyline in 19:42. Rebecca Hammond also ran, finishing in 27:47.  

The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk with 10 Linlithgow runners there to help celebrate it’s 8th birthday. Scott Hyslop was first home in 21:07, Neil Anderson in 21:33, Chris Duffy in 21:44, Angus Gallie in 21:52, Ian Boxall in 22:28, Malcolm Hughes in 22:38, Jennifer Newton in 24:10, Roddy Simpson in 24:48, Lorna Simpson in 25:04 and Sean Smith in 29:33. Elsewhere, Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 25:35, Mandy Cazes ran St Andrews in 24:20, Richard Wood ran Leicester Victoria in 20:18.

Our tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Ayr in 25:27, Michael Watts ran Northwich in 20:16, Jill Horsburgh ran Fort William in 25:59 (smashing the VW60-64 course record by more than 2 minutes!) and David Main-Reade ran Nautical, Winnipeg in 22:35 (3rd overall).

Weekly update: Bronze medal at the Scottish Athletics Masters Championship!

On Wednesday evening Frances Wood was back for more glory at the Self Transcendence 5k series at the Meadows. Frances finished 1st FV60 in 22mins 50secs

Roddy Simpson (pictured) was at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday for the Scottish Athletics Masters Championship race, finishing in 3mins 10secs, taking the M70 bronze medal.

A busy week at parkrun, where the Club had 14 runners across 10 different runs.

Neil Anderson was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, and achieving 1st overall at Girvan in 20:14. Neil’s daughter also volunteered and handed over the coveted 0001 token (pictured).  

At Edinburgh, Frances Wood finished in 23:18 (1st FV60), and Scott Cumming in 24:17. Mandy Cazes was at Plean finishing in 26:29. The biggest club turnout was at Falkirk, where Brian Couper finished in 24:35, Louisa Cockburn finished in 25:37, Lorna Simpson finished in 26:17 and Yvonne McHugh in 35:09. Graeme Wilkinson was at Polkemmet Country Park finishing in 27:18.

Our tourists this week. Lynsey Hay + bump were at Carlisle (pictured), finishing in 28:29. Rebecca Evans was at Cannon Hill, Birmingham, for 1st ever parkrun, finishing in 24:26. Malcolm Hughes was at Fulham Palace, finishing in 21:26. Ian Fyfe continued his efforts to run all Scottish parkruns, finishing Orkney in 22:35. Lastly, David Reade was in Canada at Churchill Parkway, Winnipeg finishing in 22:50.

Weekly update: A week of rest and recuperation...

Ian Logan at Crieff 10k

Ian Logan at Crieff 10k

For most of us it was a quiet week of running this week as summer and school holidays kick-in. However, on Wednesday evening Malcolm Hughes joined 12,500 runners at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. A 5.6 km (3.5 miles) race, for teams from various UK companies, in Battersea Park, London. Malcolm finished in 25:29.

On Sunday, Ian Logan and Hannah Danson ran the Crieff 10k organised by Strathearn Harriers. Ian finished the multi-terrain route in 39:24 (6th overall and 2nd V40) and Hannah finished in 01:04.

At parkrun, the Club had 10 runners at 8 different runs.

Mike Watts was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Hazelhead in 20:13. At Edinburgh, Mandy Cazes finished in 23:48 closely followed by Jill Horsburgh finished in 23:58. Roddy Simpson finished Greenock in 24:45. At Falkirk, Colin Hutcheon finished in 21:19, and Malcolm Hughes in 22:10. At Ganavan Sands, Neil Anderson finished in 21:20. Graeme Wilkinson was at Osterley finishing in 47:41. Scott Cumming ran Fell Foot in 26:25 and Scott Hyslop ran Polkemmet in 21:15.

July training schedule

Welcome to the second month of Scottish summer…. here's our coached offering this month.

All levels of runners welcome. All coached sessions meet at Lowport and start at 19.30 except for track nights which are at Grangemouth Stadium, also at 19.30.

  • Tues 2 July - Track Middle distance sesh @ 800/1500 pace with Frances Wood

  • Thurs 4 July - 4m tempo - last 4 of 10k with David Marshall

  • Thurs 11 July - Canal 800s with David

  • Thurs 18 July - Track 6x400@5k, 2x(6x200)@3k with Frances

  • Thurs 25 July - Monthly Handicap race with Alison Marshall

 

Weekly update: A busy week of hills, trails, runs in the park and... parkun!

With Club Championship points at stake, Linlithgow had a strong turnout at the Dechmont 10k on Sunday with 9 runners taking to the muddy trails. Mairi Watts was first home for the Linlithgow women (2nd overall) in 44:44, followed by Jennifer Newton in 53:35 and Mandy Cazes in 57:13. First home for the men was Martin Maginnis in 43:28 followed by Paul Emery in 46:38, Colin Hutcheon in 47:14, Neil Barnes in 48:04, Roddy Simpson in 56:20 and Mark Collier in 01:06:21.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Frances and Alex Wood ran the hilly Arran Half Marathon. Frances finished 1st FV60 in 01:49:38 (taking home not only a trophy but some tasty Arran cheese too) and Alex finishing in 02:13:46.  David Dalmau, Trevor Galloway and Kenny Gray all completed the Lairig Ghru hill race, a gruelling race from Braemar to Aviemore (official results to follow).

Earlier in the week, Ian Fyfe completed the Balbirnie Duathlon (consisting of 5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run) in 01:31:00.  As a warm-up for their efforts in Arran, running the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence mile at the Meadows, Frances finishing 1st FV60 in 06:50 and Alex in 07:53. Malcolm Hughes was in London for the Last Friday of the Month 5k race in Hyde Park, organised by Serpentine Running Club. Improving on last month's effort, finishing in 22:39 - 158th out of 251 runners. 

Roddy Simpson, Neil Anderson and Club President, Angus Gallie, were at Falkirk parkrun on Saturday with their latest Let’s Go Linlithgow couch-to-5K group. All of the group who made it along completed the course, a great achievement for all involved and a briliant example of the Club supporting the local community through a shared passion for running. 

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners at 6 different runs.

Malcolm Hughes was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week finishing Coldham’s Common in 22:36. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk, where Jennifer Newton finished in 23:53, Roddy Simpson in 32:47, Neil Anderson in 33:36. Elsewhere, Ian Fyfe finished Perth in 23:53, Graeme Wilkinson was in South Wales, finishing Barry Island in 26:56, David Main-Reade was in Germany, finishing Nidda, Frankfurt, in 23:43 and Lorna Simpson ran Felixstowe, Suffolk in 23:04.

Weekly update: a vintage week for Linlithgow AC

Frances and Alex Wood represented the Club at the Self Transcendence race series on Wednesday evening. The 2 mile race takes runners round the Peace Mile at The Meadows, Edinburgh. Frances continued her great run of form for the Club, finishing 1st FV60 in 14:23 adding to her medal collection in the process. Alex finished in 16:21. 

Jill Horsburgh completed the GRC Fauldhouse sprint triathlon on Sunday - the event included a 750m swim in the pool, 14.5k bike ride and finished with a 5.5k forest run. Jill finished in 01:25:01, placing her 1st FV60.

At parkrun, the Club had 14 runners at 6 different runs.

Scott Hyslop was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Edinburgh in 20:22, followed by  Jude Moir in 20:32, Colin McCluskie in 22:00 and Scott Cumming in 25:36. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk where Paul Dudchenko finished in 21:02, then Lorna Simpson in 24:10, Jennier Newton in 24:16, Mandy Cazes in 24:45 and Roddy Simpson in 24:47. Elsewhere, at Strathclyde, Frances Wood finished in 22:57 (6th female, 1st FV60), Alex Wood in 26:13. Ian Fyfe was at Troon finishing in 21:52. Graeme Wilkinson was at Yeovil Montacute, finishing in 26:14 and Neil Anderson was at Polkemmet finishing in 21:31.

In the run up to the Children’s Gala Day celebrations Lynne McGill and Frank Clement hosted two fun racing events for various age groups at the Peel firstly on Wednesday evening and then again on Saturday afternoon. With cash prizes and copious amounts of “medals” on offer it was no wonder the kids kept wanting to race on more than one occasion!

Weekly update: Life's a beach for LAC, that's foreshore!

Linlithgow had 8 runners at the 4 on the foreshore race on Wednesday evening. A popular 4 mile fun run along the shore in Bo’ness. First home for Linlithgow and overall female winner was Lynne McGill in 26:57. Lynne was followed by Karen Duncan in 29:07, Kathryn Holm in 29:17, Claire Rice in 30:39. For the Linlithgow men, Gerry McArdle was first home in 25:29 and 6th overall, then Scott Hyslop (9th) in 26:21, Neil Anderson in 27:44 and Bryan Grome in 46:58.

12 Linlithgow runners secured their place for the hugely popular Black Rock 5 race on Friday evening. The unique race, from Kinghorn over the sands and back, ends with a steep uphill dash to the finish. First home for the Linlithgow men was David Marshall in 28:43, followed by Paul Dudchenko in 30:40, Paul Emery 31:28, Jude Moir 31:30, Colin Hutcheon in 32:51, Neil Anderson 33:07 and Malcolm Hughes in 36:00. Charlotte Moran was first home for Linlithgow women, in 36:48, followed by Jill Horsburgh in 37:44 (1st F60, prize in the post after dashing to prepare for her next race), Jennifer Newton in 38:19 and Carolyn Walker in 42:43

At the 7 Hills of Edinburgh race, in it’s 40th year, Linlithgow had 4 runners. Not many races offer a route that includes short cuts through shopping arcades, cobbled city streets, barbed wire fences, burn crossings, mudslides, a castle and extinct volcanoes. Despite the +2,000ft of elevation, the race is well supported at each checkpoint atop each hill, not to mention the best views Edinburgh has to offer. In the race, Martin Maginnis finished in 02:19:49 and Angus Gallie in 2:35:43. In the challenge, Jill Horsburgh finished in 02:44:18 and Ian Fyfe in 2:50:17.

5 members of the Junior club took part in the Round Table Assault Course on Saturday. They worked hard learning from each round to come equal 4th place. The team was Emma Mitchell, Gillian Emery, Sean Smith, Mirren Morrison and Katie Bothwell.

At parkrun, the Club had 11 runners at 5 different runs.

Neil Anderson was again fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, this time running Stonehaven in 21:49. Also at Stonehaven, Ian Fyfe finished in 22:34, David Main-Reade in 22:52 and Jill Horsburgh in 26:21. Neil, Ian and Jill all finished first in their respective age categories and celebrated with a swim in the outdoor pool. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 25:26, Alex Wood in 26:58, and Carolyn Walker in 31:04. At Falkirk, Ian Boxall completed parkrun #50 in 22:17, Roddy Simpson in 25:22. Elsewhere, Graeme Wilkson ran Conyngham Hall in 29:31 and Malcolm Hughes finished Polkemmet in 23:29.

Linlithgow 10k…

Now in it's 27th year, entries are flooding in for the annual Linlithgow 10k and fun run, which will be held on Sunday October 6th at 2:30 pm. This is another long-established, and popular community event in Linlithgow, so don’t delay, enter today!