It was a busy and highly successful week for Linlithgow Athletic Club members.
On Thursday evening Bryan Grome ran the Kinross 10K in 52:50.
Neil Anderson ran the equivalent of 17 parkruns on Saturday when he completed the Highland Fling ultra, the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum. It was a fine, sunny day and he finished in 10 hours 55 minutes. Linlithgow Athletic Club was also represented among the volunteers by Bryan Grome, who was the medical support at the Inversnaid aid station.
Jill Horsburgh enjoyed another sunny Saturday at the Norman's Law hill race. This 7k race, with an 835 feet ascent starts in the village of Luthrie in Fife. After a very undulating, steep climb to the top of Norman's Law, where runners are rewarded with a view of the Forth of Tay, there are a couple of kilometres pleasant downhill before going back to the village hall for tea and cake. Jill finished in 49:13.
There were excellent results for Linlithgow runners at Parkrun on Saturday morning. After nearly 200 attempts, Kenny Gray was delighted to take first place in 18:51 at Falkirk parkrun, an especially gratifying result given that it occurred on the week after the draining London marathon. Also at Falkirk, Gerry McArdle was an excellent 3rd overall and 1st VM45 in 19:24, a new PB. Martin Magginnis finished in 21:28 (2nd VM35); Roddy Simpson in 24:16 (2nd VM65); Jennifer Newton in 24:42 (2nd VW50); and Alex. Wood in 26:37. At Livingston, William Millar finished in 20:39 (2nd VM35); Malcolm Hughes in 21:45 (3rd VM55); and Lorna Simpson in 22:31 (1st VW40 and an all-parkrun PB, 19 seconds faster than she’d run before ). Richard Wood completed Leicester Victoria in 19:10 (2nd VM45). David Main-Reade ran Montrose in 23:52 (2nd VM45).
At the 1485 Club’s Spring Duathalon, a 4K run, 24K cycle followed by a second 4K run, in Leicester on Sunday Richard Wood finished 15th, running the first 4K in 13:37, cycling the 24K in 50:33 and running the final 4K in 13:45.
Great though many of these results were, the star results of the week were at Stirling on Sunday. In the Half Marathon, Martin Maginness ran 1:35:20 (a new PB); William Millar, 1:36:00; Laura Finlay, 2:03:12; and Bev Dodgson, 2:43:13. In the Marathon, which was the Scottish Marathon Championships, John Redding, finished in 2:44:22 (overall 7th and a PB); Ian Logan in 2:54:36 (21st); Michal Sroka in 2:59:22 (44th); Moore McCartney in 3:23:55; Paul Dudchenko in 3:28:56 (another PB); Bryan Couper in 3:50:38; Paul Ward in 3:54:34; Thomas Gahagan in 3:56:16; Scott Cumming in 4:12:17; and Darren Robertson in 4:45:39. John Redding, Ian Logan and Michal Sroka, the first three Linlithgow runners home, subsequently comprised our team for the Team Medal, came 2nd overall, and won the Men’s Team Silver Medal, a truly great achievement for relatively small, community based club. Everyone is hugely proud of all our runners and delighted to see Linlithgow in the team prize-list.