On Saturday, 5 Linlithgow runners were at the Dunoon Ultra Marathon. Starting from the famous Benmore Botanical Gardens the route takes runners through some of the area’s finest beauty spots. Marta Sroka was first home for Linlithgow, just under the 6hr mark in 05:59:35. Marta was followed by Neil Anderson in 06:16:23, Gerry McArdle in 06:24:11, Jennifer Newton in 06:30:45 and Bryan Grome in 07:56:19.
The highlight of the weekend running was undoubtedly the Linlithgow 10k on Sunday - despite the damp conditions. A record turnout for the Club, both in terms of those running but also those members who were part of the army of volunteers and helped put on a first class running event. In a repeat of last year, Central Athletic Club’s Alastair Hay was first male finisher, and Edinburgh Athletic Club’s Rebecca Burns first female finisher. In the Fun Run, Andrew McGill of Livingston AC took first place (00:06:05) for the boys and Jemma Macleod of Cumbernauld Amateur Athletics Club for the girls (00:07:52).
For Linlithgow, John Redding was first male, finishing in 00:35:11, with Mairi Watts first female finisher in 00:41:39 - again a repeat of 2018’s race. There were also podium finishes in the age categories, Angus Gallie (00:43:00) and Frances Wood (00:48:40) both finished 1st V60 with Colin Hutcheon (00:43:25) and Jennifer Newton (00:48:10) 2nd in the V60 and V50 categories, respectively, and Scott Hyslop 3rd male V50 (00:41:46). Amongst the Club’s 15 junior runners in the Fun Run, James Hammond was first boy home for LAC and 2nd overall (00:06:54) with sister Rebecca first for the LAC girls, and 3rd female overall (00:08:17).
The remaining LAC finishers were as follows. For the men, Colin Sumpter finished in 00:39:42, then Martin Maginnis in 00:40:49, Michael O’Hara in 00:40:52, Paul Dudchenko in 00:42:10, Jude Moir in 00:43:27, Ian Boxall in 00:43:42, David Main-Reade in 00:45:28, Neil Anderson in 00:45:15, Geoff Pendrill in 00:46:24, Darren Dick in 00:46:24, Kenny Leamy in 00:47:04, Gerry McArdle in 00:48:20, Scott Cumming in 00:49:56, Ian Lockhart in 00:50:00, Alex Wood in 00:59:42, Chris Duffy in 01:08:00 and Keith Graham in 01:11:01. For the LAC women, Lynne McGill finished in 00:42:28, then Alison Malone in 00:44:58, Mandy Cazes in 00:47:44, Kathryn Holm in 00:48:07, Susie Porteous in 00:49:35, Rosemary Gallagher in 00:50:09, Alison Marshall in 00:50:02, Claire Rice in 00:50:23, Louisa Cockburn in 00:51:42, Ali Stewart in 00:53:22, Isobel Lockhart in 00:59:23 and Roberta Whyte in 01:05:49. For the remaining juniors, Calum Murphy in 00:07:51, Angus Curran in 00:08:22, Katie Bothwell in 00:09:06, Sam Hughes in 00:09:12, Alex Leamy in 00:09:18, Chloe Hughes in 00:10:02, Cori Outram in 00:10:07, Harrison Robertson in 00:10:08, Gillian Emery in 00:10:11, Sabrina Pannozzo in 00:10:57, Mairi Dowens in 00:11:11, Abigail Ponton in 00:11:52 and Alish Malcolm in 00:13:05.
Special mention also to the Let’s Go Linlithgow runners who successfully completed the 10k race with a number of them now committed to joining the Club.
At parkrun, the Club had 7 runners across 6 different runs.
Mandy Cazes was at Edinburgh finishing in 29:46. At Falkirk, Rhiann Ferguson finished in 27:33. Malcolm Hughes was at St Andrews finishing in 22:00. Our parkrun tourists. Graham Chambers finished Bargara, Australia in 26:52. Graeme Wilkinson was at Herrington Country Park finishing in 27:33 and at Mount Stuart, David Main-Reade and Ian Fyfe finished in 22:45 and 36:37, respectively.