Weekly update: Across trail, road and hills - a wonderful weekend of running for LAC!

Forget Super Saturday, Linlithgow AC had a Wonderful Weekend of running with 28 runners from the Club at events across the Central Belt and Perthshire, and not to forget, parkrun. A total of 342.2 miles over two days.

Bryan Grome got the bumper weekend of running underway on Saturday at the John Muir Way Ultra race in East Lothian. The 50km route takes in iconic coastline from Port Seaton promenade to Foxlake Adventures, near Dunbar. Bryan finished in 05:56:53. Especially impressive after his marathon efforts last weekend!

In Perthshire, Jill Horsburgh ran the Birnam hill race. A tough start involving an ascent of approx. 1300 ft in just over 4 miles, but once the hard work was done the remaining miles were a delight. Jill finished in 51:44 (a new PB too).

At parkrun, the Club had 7 runners at 4 different runs. The biggest turnout was at Falkirk where Ian Fyfe was first home in 21:23, then Ian Boxall in 21:56, Kenny Gray in 24:28 and David Reade in 26:19. Neil Anderson was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finishing Queen’s Park, Belfast in 20:29 (5th overall). Elsewhere, Jill Horsburgh finished Perth in 24:04 (2nd PB of the weekend) and Scott Hyslop finished Portobello in 21:09.

On Sunday, 17 Linlithgow runners completed the Alloa Half Marathon, Clackmannanshire. An ever popular race and a chance to earn valuable Club Championship points, runners enjoyed near perfect conditions with blue skies and cool temperatures.

First home was Colin Sumpter in 01:30:05 closely followed by Steven Laurie in 01:30:29. Paul Dudchenko finished in 01:32:46, Angus Gallie in 01:34:50, Paul Emery in 01:35:10, Trevor Golloway in 01:36:27, Gerry McArdle 01:36:04, Ian Boxall in 01:37:30, Jennifer Newton in 01:44:17, Charlotte Moran in 01:44:05, Mandy Cazes 01:46:25, David Main-Reade in 01:48:01, Claire Rice in 01:48:30 (a new PB), Ian Lockhart in 01:49:56, Scott Cumming 01:57:12, Roddy Simpson in 02:00:00 and Katryna McLeod in 02:01:53.

At the 57th Tom Scott Memorial road race in Strathclyde Country Park the Club had 4 runners. The race was also host to the Scottish and West District 10 mile Scottish Championships. First home for the Club was Colin Hutcheon in 01:09:44. Frances Wood finished in 01:19:35, winning the F60 Gold Medal in the Scottish Championships. Alison Marshall finished in 01:23:55 and Alex Wood in 01:31:59.

In Melrose, Michael O’Hara and Martin Maginnis ran the Trimontium XI hill race. The route took runners along the picturesque river tweed, forest trails and across the 3 Eildon hills before finishing next to Melrose Abbey. Michael finished 15th overall in 01:36:41 followed by Martin in 16th finishing in 01:38:28 despite both getting lost on a few occassions and almost losing a shoe!

Time for a well-earned rest.