Bodmin to Blenheim Palace to Kirkwall: Linlithgow Athletic Club Weekly Roundup


It was another bumper week for Linlithgow Athletic Club runners. 

Saturday saw Linlithgow athletes race at Blenheim Palace, Lochwinnoch and Killearn.  David Marshall won the Lochwinnoch open road race, a small 8.5K race on a hilly course on a humid day, on Saturday.  Well done, Coach Marshall.  David Main-Reade ran the triathlon at Blenheim on Saturday in 1 hour 39 minutes.  Bryan Grome ran the Killearn 10k, a beautiful event, on Saturday in 57:25, and was glad, in the baking heat, that it was a trail race with shady trees.

We also had runners at eight parkruns on Saturday.  As well as the more local runs, we had athletes at Bodmin, Leicester, Aviemore and Kirkwall.  Neil Anderson ran Lanhydrock, Bodmin, in 27:11.  Richard Wood was at Leicester Victoria where he finished in 20:49.  Jill Horsburgh completed Aviemore in 24:16 (3rd Woman and 1st VW55).  Laura Finlay ran Kirkwall in 26:35.  Closer to home, William Millar completed Livingston in 20:01 (1st VM35).  Graham Wilkinson ran Kirkcaldy in 21:49.  At Falkirk Ian Boxall finished in 21:54 (2nd VM50) and Martin Maginnis in 23:07 (2nd VM35).  Scott Hyslop completed Lochore Meadows in 21:57 (2nd VM50) and Shirley Hyslop in 30:19.  At Edinburgh, Thomas Gahagan ran 21:33, Scott Cumming ran 23:41, Louisa Cockburn ran 24:36 (3rd VW35), and Alex Wood ran 25:57.

After completing the Aviemore Parkrun, Jill Horsburgh also ran the DSUK (disability snowsport UK ) Race The Train event where runners run along the Speyside Way trying to beat the steam train (with a bit of a head start!), a challenging 7K, completed in just over 37 minutes, in the hot weather, but it was great fun especially hearing the train hooting as it approached. 

The Alloa half-marathon, cancelled earlier in the year, was run on Sunday with a full squad of Linlithgow AC runners.  David Marshall was our leading runner, finishing in 1:24:35.  Michael O’Hara completed his first half-marathon in 1:34:03.  There was new PB for Lynsey Hay in 1.36.12, just ahead of Paul Emery in 1:37:51.  Ali Malone also got a PB in 1:44:29. Darren Dick finished in 1:46:09 and Charlotte Moran in 1:48:18.  Lorna Simpson finished in 01:50:54 and got a new PB by over 20 minutes!  Roddy Simpson ran 1:55:14 and Alison Marshall 2:02:20.  Great running in hard, hot conditions!


John Redding skipped Alloa on Sunday to do his first ever triathlon, the Stirling sprint triathlon, a 750m swim, 22K bike-ride and a 5K run. He finished in 26th place in 1:16:12, really enjoyed the experience and now plans to compete in a few more triathlons.  




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