It was a weekend of long-distance running for several Linlithgow Athletic Club runners but prior to the ultra-sessions, the Scottish 5K championships were run on Friday evening at Cramond.
Ian Logan was the fastest Linlithgow runner, finishing in 17:53 and came 187th in a very fast race. Lorna Simpson ran 22:33, a new 5K PB, and Laura Finlay also achieved a PB with 25:25.
In the first of Saturday’s long-distance races, David Damau ran the Glen Lyon Ultra 31 mile, round the loch on the main trail before returning to the start area and heading up and over to the adjoining Glen. David finished 32nd of 160 in 5:12:44.
David Mason ran the Stuc a Chroin 5000 solo after Paul Dudchenko picked up an injury mid-week. The race, 22K in length and climbing 5,000 feet, started in Strathyre with a gentle gradient through forestry woods then up to Creag Mhadaidh before a steep boggy descent into Glen Ample. There was a very steep climb up the other side of Glen Ample to Beinn Each. By then visibility was down to less than 10m so the run along the indistinct ridge was a bit sketchy. The final climb to Stuc a Chroin was across a snow field followed by a scramble through rock gullies. The return into Glen Ample was a longer but very runnable traverse however the (knee deep) boggy climb back up towards Strathyre had the legs screaming. David finished in 3.18.42, 87th place and 11th MV50. A fantastic race with an amazing atmosphere and lots of Jelly Babies
Malcolm Hughes competed in the Kintyre Way Ultra. It was relatively short by ultra standards - "only" 36 miles, but also included 4,500 feet of ascent which made it ‘reasonably challenging’. The weather was a bit misty going over the higher ground, but brightened as the runners approached the finish in Campbeltown. Malcolm completed the race in 7 hours 48 minutes.
On Saturday Jill Horsburgh took part in the Kentmere Trail run from Staveley in the Lake Districta a 17k trail race with an almost 2000 feet ascent. With temperatures of 23-24 degrees, stunning views and two friends to chat to it wasn't a day to race, just a great day out to enjoy the hills and music and a cold beer afterwards!
There was also a full range of Linlithgow parkrunners, at six different venues, on Saturday. In Edinburgh Graeme Wilkinson confirmed Edinburgh parkrun’s reputation as a PB potential course and ran 21: 10 (an all-parkrun PB for Graeme by 25 seconds) and Alison Marshall ran 25:30. Richard Wood completed Leicester Victoria in 19:10 (3rd VM45). William Millar finished Portobello in 20:08. At Falkirk Neil Anderson ran 21:22 (1st VM55); Roddy Simpson 24:06 (3rd VM65); Alex Wood, 27:25; James Veitch, 29:27; Madeline Veitch, 29:41 (3rd JW11); Hannah Danson, 29:58; and Kenny Gray, 38:43. (Special congratulations to James and Madeline Veitch, two of our Junior members!) At Inverness, Lucas Welsh finished in 24:33 and Gary Welsh in 24:34. David Main-Reade tail-walked Vogrie in 51:48.