It’s been a busy week for Linlithgow Athletic Runners, with the London Marathon dominating but lots more happening closer to home.

Bryan Grome took part in the first event of the Chacefield Wood Trail series on Thursday night, a 6k run comprising two 3k loops in a wooded area between Denny and Bonnybridge, and finished in 34:25. The next two events in the series, in May (9K) and June (12K), are still open for entries.

Saturday saw Linlithgow runners at a wide range of Parkruns.  The biggest club turnout was at Falkirk where all our runners led their age-categories.  Neil Anderson finished in 21:24 (1st VM55); Malcolm Hughes in 22:20 (2nd VM55); Roddy Simpson in 24:11 (1st VM65); and Jennifer Newton in 25:30 (1st VW50).  There were local PBs for William Millar who ran Perth in 19:52, and Brian Couper who ran Livingston in 21:27.  Laura Finlay ran Edinburgh in 25:53 (another local PB) and Graham Chambers ran 29:46.  At Plean, Graeme Wilkinson was 1st VM45 in 24:00 and Alex Wood was 1st VM65 in 28:06.  Alison Marshall ran Highbury Fields in 26:15 and Kenny Gray ran Southwark in 27:59.  New member David Main-Reade completed Greenock in 22:53.

On Saturday also, Jill Horsburgh contested the Hunters Bog Trot in Edinburgh’s Queen’s Park. Climbing twice up the back of Salisbury Crags and once up the Radical Road, in a distance of just over 4 miles, some 110 runners competed for almost as many bottles of wine and beer, much to the bemusement of the many foreign tourists strolling in the park, and were rewarded by stunning views of the Royal Mile on each ascent.  Jill finished in 47:04, ahead of the oldest runner, an 85 year old Carnethy athlete, who finished to a round of applause mid-way through the lengthy prize giving.  It was a great afternoon's fun.

Lucas Welsh, one of our promising juniors, finished an excellent 17th in a field of around 130 Primary 6 runners in the Scottish Schools cross-country in Kirkcaldy on Saturday: a great run considering it was straight after playing football in the morning.

The big event was in London on Sunday where eight Linlithgow Athletic Club members ran the Marathon in the warmest conditions for many a year. David Marshall finished in3:04:38; Kenny Gray in 3:20:39; David Dalmau in 3:21:20; Steven Laurie in 3:23:24; Gerry McArdle in 3:40:47; Alison Malone in 3:57:10; Gail Hoy in 4:49:15; and Bev Dodgson in 6:54:27.  Well done to all our runners!

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