Hard running in the heat: Linlithgow Athletic Club Weekly Roundup


A blisteringly hot Scottish summer week saw Linlithgow Athletic Club runners battle the temperatures.

On Wednesday evening, David Mason ran in Tillicoultry in the Law Breaker hill race where the weather certainly took its toll.  The temperature was just above 27 degrees at the start of the race and there was no wind, not even at the top.  Although Law Breaker is a relatively short race of 5.4km race it has over 630m of ascent and descent.  After a very long, tough climb in the heat, David finished in 53:12.

On Thursday, Bryan Grome ran the third (12k) of the Chacefield Wood Trail series in Denny and finished in 1:11:34, 13th male among those who completed all three races. 

Alex Wood ran the Arran half-marathon on Sunday, again in blistering heat, and finished in 2:09:59.

Despite the high temperatures on Saturday, Linlithgow runners had some cracking parkruns.  Lynsey Hay ran Perth in an excellent 20:27, to finish 1st Female.  At Strathclyde Park, William Millar finished in 19:52 (1st VM35).  Graeme Wilkinson ran Victoria Park in Glasgow in 22:36.  David Main-Reade completed Livingston in 23:27 (a new PB).  Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 24:28.  The club’s biggest turn-out was at Falkirk where Kenny Gray finished in 19:26 (2nd VM40), Martin Maginnis in 21:03 (another new PB), Jill Horsburgh in 25:48 (3rd VW55), and Roddy Simpson in 27:47 (1st VM70).  Linlithgow’s one parkrunner to escape the unusual Scottish heat, was Jennifer Newton at New Farm in Brisbane, Australia, where it’s winter and where she finished in 24:27 (2nd VW50).

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