Weekly Update: Berlin Marathon, Salomon Skyline series, Parkrun and much more!

Bumper weekly update alert! A great week of running for Linlithgow AC.

Berlin Marathon

Linlithgow Athletic Club runners, Lynsey Hay and Neil Anderson, completed the Berlin Marathon where Eliud Kipchoge broke the world record with a 2:01:39.  Although our runners didn’t quite hit that time, Lynsey finished in 3:31:55 and Neil in 3:42:58. As the photos show, the weather was great, and Neil insists that the free beer was even better.

Solomon Skyline series - “Ring of Steall”

It was also a big weekend for Linlithgow hill runners at the Salomon Skyline Scotland Race series. Saturday was the Ring of Steall which was also part of the World Championships.  

The run was 29k, with 2750m of climbing. The route takes in the Devil’s Ridge followed by a leg smashing 1000m descent into Glen Nevis. It's then a tough climb back out of the glen and along An Gearanach Ridge.  The final big climb is quite technical for a tired body and mind and really tough.  

Ian Logan finished 171st in 5:27:30; John Redding 172nd in 5:27:33; David Mason 218th in 5:48:05; and Paul Dudchenko 337th in 6:39:07.   A grand day out in the hills for all our runners.  

Cumbrae 10 Mile race and Cumbernauld 10k

Frances Wood ran the Around Cumbrae 10 mile race on Sunday in 1:31:12, a great comeback, not having raced since January and entered on the spur of the moment.  The wind on the far side of the island was fearsome, but the views were magnificent and it was, as ever, an enjoyable and very well-organised race.

Graeme Wilkinson also ran the Cumbernauld 10K on Sunday in 48:25.

Livingston AC Championships

Two of our junior runners competed at the Livingston AC Championships on Sunday.  Andrew McGill ran the Under-15s Boys’ 1500m in a splendid 4:31.25.  Kayla Love ran in the Under-13 Girls’ in 16.8 seconds and jumped 1.05 metres in the Under-13 Girls’ High Jump.  Junior member, Lucas Welsh competed in the Forth Valley Orienteering event at Beecraigs on Sunday, and came 4th.

Parkrun - Toronto, Berlin, Birkenhead, Margate, Edinburgh and Falkirk!

Linlithgow parkrunners traversed the Globe on Saturday.  David Main-Reade was in Toronto and ran Meadowvale in 22:01 (1st VM50) in what was a hot and humid run.  Prior to running the Berlin Marathon, Neil Anderson ran Hasenheide in 23:03 (2nd VM55).  Jill Horsburgh finished in 24:23 (1st VW55) in the first publicly-funded park in the world, the model for Central Park New York, in Birkenhead parkrun.  Scott Cumming was at Margate and completed in 25:59.   Closer to home, William Millar ran Edinburgh in 20:05.  Four LAC runners completed Falkirk this week, Jennifer Newton in 22:30 (1st VW50 and new PB!), Graeme Wilkinson in 23:46, Roddy Simpson in 24:54 (1st VM70), and Kenny Gray in 24:57.