Weekly update: a weekend of marathon mileage for Linlithgow AC

Frances and Alex Wood got the weekend running started at 3k on the Green on Friday. A first at the distance for both - Frances finishing in 13:17 and Alex in 14:59.

On Saturday, the Club had 3 runners at the Highland Fling ultra trail marathon. The race follows the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way footpath from Milngavie to Tyndrum going from smooth hard-packed man-made paths, to undulating runnable sections, to technical rock and tree roots - not for the faint hearted! All 3 successfully finished (plenty didn’t), Paul Dudchenko in 11:35:46, Kenny Gray in 11:58:46, and Bryan Grome in 14:18:55

There were 13 Linlithgow runners at the Stirling Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.

In the marathon, the Club’s women’s team made up of Rosemary Gallagher, Alison Malone and Karen Outram placed 2nd in the team medals. Rosemary was the first LAC woman home in 03:35:29 followed by Alison in 03:44:36 (a new PB) and Karen in 03:49:40 (also a PB). For the men, David Dalmau was first home in 02:58:11 (a new PB) finishing 24th overall, followed by Scott Cumming in 04:22:46 and Darren Robertson in 05:34:45. 

In the half marathon, Lynne McGill was first home for the women in 01:35:43 (a new PB), followed by Kathryn Holm in 01:41:17, Claire Rice in 01:45:47 (a new PB) and Alison Marshall in 01:52:02. For the men, Ian Boxall finished in 01:34:57, Jude Moir in 01:38:19 and David Main-Reade in 01:42:40.

Also on Sunday, the Club had 3 runners amongst the 42,500 runners at the 39th London Marathon  - including someone dressed as Big Ben! The Club ballot place winner, Charlotte Moran finished in 03:55:18, John Smith in 03:07:05 and hot on the heels of Calum Hawkins, John Redding in 02:51:04.

At Livingston AC's Grand Prix event on Sunday, Club Junior members, Finnegan Guest, Alistair Mitchell and Emma Mitchell, took part in sprint, shot put, long jump and relay race.

Finally, at parkrun, the Club had 12 runners at 7 different runs.

The biggest turnout was at Falkirk where Lorna Simpson was first home for Linlithgow finishing in 23:12, then Ian Boxall in 23:32, Jill Horsburgh in 24:32 and Roddy Simpson in 24:33. At Livingston, William Millar finished in 19:33 and was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week. Elsewhere, Scott Hyslop finished Edinburgh in 20:23, followed by Frances Wood in 22:51 and Alex Wood in 25:46. At Lochend Woods, Graeme Wilkinson finished in 25:12. On the parkrun tourism trail, Neil Anderson ran Crathes Castle in 22:08, Mandy Cazes ran Bushy in 23:36 and David Main-Reade ran Aachener Weiher, Germany in 22:52.