Weekly update: Club Mile race, Bridge to Brisbane 10K, Kirkcaldy Parks Half Marathon and parkrun

On Thursday evening, Craigswood track, Livingston, was once again the venue for Linlithgow AC’s annual Mile race. The miserable summer weather meant for slick conditions underfoot. After 4 laps of the track, it came down to hundredths of a second between first and second place - almost a photo finish. For the men, first home was Martin Maginnis in 5:43.21, closely followed by Neil Barnes in 5:43.91 and Paul Emery in 5:44.69, then Scott Cumming in 6:21.34, Darren Dick in 6:22.31 and Bryan Grome in 7:46.52. For the women, Lynne McGill was first home in 5:49.33, then Mandy Cazes in 6:35.63 and Karen Outram in 6:49.69. Thanks again to John, Paul and Roddy.

David Main-Reade was in Brisbane on Saturday. After a delayed arrival and missing out on securing a ‘Z’ for his parkrun alphabet effort at Zilmere parkrun Brisbane. David ran the Bridge to Brisbane 10K race finishing in 55 mins despite the jetlag.

On Sunday, Mandy Cazes was amongst the 930 runners at the Kirkcaldy Parks Half Marathon. The race was the town's first long distance race in nearly three decades, with Fife Provost Jim Leishman officially opening the race. Mandy finished in 1:47:40.

Photo credit: Roddy Simpson and Neil Anderson.

At parkrun, the Club had 10 runners across 6 different runs.

Neil Anderson made the trip to Shetland this weekend to complete his goal of running all the Scottish parkruns - although it is a moving target with several other new runs rumoured to start over the next couple of months. 

Getting to Bressay was a bit of an adventure. Neil made the trip to Lerwick on Friday involving a bicycle, two trains and a ferry, and on Saturday morning, he joined an excited group of runners and volunteers to take the 9am ferry across to Bressay for the run. The Run Director warned of a rogue scorie (that’s a seagull for us southerners) had dived at one of the volunteers checking the route, adding that there were no “dead things” on the course, reassuring no doubt! Motivated by the promise of coffee and cake in the Speldiburn Café next to the finish line, Neil finished the course in 22:04.

Elsewhere, Ian Boxall was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 21:24. Also at Falkirk, Hannah Danson finished in 26:01 and Roddy Simpson in 38:01. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 24:31. At Livingston, Colin Hutcheon finished in 21:42 (1st MV65), Brian Couper in 23:37 and Lorna Simpson in 24:44. At Dunfermline, Joyce Robertson finished in 27:54. 

Our other parkrun tourist was Ian Fyfe who was at Drumpellier, finishing in 25:36.