Weekly update: A Marathon centurion and two new coaches for the Junior Section

Congratulations this week to our two new Athletics Coaches! Karen Duncan and Rachel Hay who attended their assessment day on Saturday and passed – well done to both. Both coach the Junior Section and are a welcome boost for the Club’s younger athletes. The Club now has 5 active coaches qualified at this level – the highest number in many years meaning they can run sessions unsupervised and covered by UK Athletics Insurance (joining Frances W, Lorna S and Ian D). Good luck to our new coaches. Get in touch with Frances or Angus if you are interested in starting your own coaching journey.

Last Monday evening, Alison Malone was at the Balerno Rigg 6-mile road race. The undulating route takes runners south from the village of Balerno along country roads before looping back and finishing at the local rugby club. Ali finished in 45:12.

In the hills, Paul Dudchenko and Trevor Galloway ran the Ben Sheann hill race on Wednesday.  Part of the Bog and Burn hill race series, this short race featured a steep climb through the woods to the summit of Ben Sheann, and an equally steep descent. Out of 60 runners, Paul was 32nd in 36:49 and Trevor was 35th in 37:25. Paul also ran the Glas Tulaichean Uphill race on Saturday, finishing in 24th place (out of 60 runners) in 50:51.

On Friday night, Lorna Simpson and Mike Watts ran the Monument Mile Classic in Stirling hosted by Central AC and Stirling University. The previous year saw 83 of the 91 competitors run a PB so it was no surprise that both Lorna and Mike both managed PBs this year, 06:33 and 05:28, respectively.

Jill Horsburgh ran the West Lothian Highland Games Veterans Cairnpapple 6-mile road race. The race starts with one lap of the field at the Burgh Muir before exiting the field and winding up toward the radio mast at Cairnpapple Hill then returning to Burgh Muir for the finish. Jill finished 4th woman and 1st W60.

Neil Anderson ran his 100th marathon taking part in the Lanzarote triathlon on Saturday. The Ironman event comprises of a two-lap swim at the Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, followed by a bike route famous for strong winds and spectacular views, taking competitors around the island with over 2551 meters of ascent. Finally, for the run, the route follows the flat seafront of Puerto del Carmen, leading up to Arrecife and back (1st-lap) and then to Matagorda and back (2nd-lap). Final result TBC.

Paul, David and William at the EMF

Paul, David and William at the EMF

At a very wet and windy Edinburgh Marathon Festival, Linlithgow had 16 runners across each of the race distances. In the 5k race, Lucas Welsh ran a PB of 19.16 on a tough course. In the 10K, Gary Welsh finished in 53:05, Carolyn Walker in 57:21, Rachel Waugh in 01:06:37.

In the Half Marathon, David Dalmau was first home for the Linlithgow men in 01:26:13, followed by William Millar in 01:33:51, Paul Ward in 01:41:15 and Steven Laurie in 01:43:17. For the women, Rosemary Gallagher finished in 01:42:46 followed by Karen Outram in 01:44:14. Finally, in the full Marathon for Linlithgow, David Main-Reade finished in 03:49:35, followed by Scott Cumming in 04:21:51 and Bryan Grome in 04:58:59. Claire Rice was first woman home in 03:51:52, followed by Kathryn Holm in 03:54:03, Marta Sroka in 03:58:22.

At parkrun, the Club had 10 runners at 7 different runs.

At Strathclyde, William Millar finished in 18:37 and was fastest Club finisher this week. Elsewhere, Roddy Simpson was at Livingston, finishing in 24:12; at Ganavan Sands, Ian Lockhart finished in 24:20, Isobel Lockhart in 29:41; at Loch Leven, Ian Boxall finished in 21:10; At newly set-up Polkemmet, Mandy Cazes finished in 23:55 and Lorna Simpson in 29:15. Parkrun tourists this week were Alison Marshall who ran Nidda in Frankfurt, Germany in 24:39, and in Kirkwall, Orkney, Frances Wood finished 22:45 (8th overall, 2nd woman) and Alex Wood 26:15.