Weekly Update

Weekly update: Self Transcendence, British & Irish Masters XC, From Hel N Back, Kyles 10 Miles, RJT Grand Prix and... parkrun

A busy week for the Club started with Alex and Frances Wood who were at Self Transcendence 2 mile race at the Meadows, Edinburgh on Wednesday evening. Frances finished first FV60 in 14:46 and Alex finished in 17:03.

On Saturday, Frances Wood was then at Tollcross Park in Glasgow for the British and Irish Masters XC Trial Race, along with Colin Hutcheon. The course for all women and over 65 men was a three lap, undulating 6k (approx.) on soft ground, but with a few muddy stretches. The event had the best Masters runners in the country vying for places in the Scotland team to race on 16 November in Southport.  Unfortunately, neither hit the qualifying slots but enjoyed the experience against stiff competition. Colin placed 5th VM65 in 24:03 and Frances placed 6th VW60 in 26:43. 

Also on Saturday, Scott Hyslop continued his good form at the From Hel N Back Hill race. Starting and finishing in Helensburgh, the 12km trail route had no shortage of great views. Scott finished 26th in 61mins, 3rd MV50. Roddy Simpson and Bryan Grome were at the Kyles 10 Miles race in scenic Argyll. Roddy finished in 1:41:59 and Bryan Grome in 1:27:48. 

Two of the Club’s Junior Section were at the final Run Jump Throw Grand Prix of the season on Sunday, hosted by Livingston Athletic Club. Sabrina Pannozzo competed in the U11 category, with Gillian Emery in the U13 age group. Gillian's brother Euan also took part in the U9 competition.

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners across 7 different runs.

Mandy Cazes was at Edinburgh, finishing in 28:38. At Falkirk, Gary Welsh continued his return to fitness by finishing in 25:41 and Joyce Robertson in 26:44. Geoff Pendrill was at Livingston, finishing in 22:07. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. Neil Anderson completed Mount Stuart in 22:05 and was the Club’s quickest finisher this week. Scott Cumming was at Troon, finishing in 24:45. David Main-Reade was at Bressay, finishing in 22:51 and Jill Horsburgh was at Erddig, finishing in 24:36.

Weekly update: Ben Nevis Hill Race, Ayr Half, Stirling 10k, Woburn Tri 10k and a new Jogleader

A belated congratulations to Yvonne McHugh who completed the Jogscotland Jogleader course and now joins our cohort of Jogleaders. Well done, Yvonne.

Paul Dudchenko and David Mason completed the Ben Nevis Hill Race on Saturday. Very hot conditions and a busy race with almost 500 runners clambering to the top of Britain's highest mountain then back into Fort William. The race is just over 14km with 1360m of climbing. David finished 203rd in 2:28:03 and Paul was 299th in 2:44:45.

On Saturday evening, Alison Malone and Malcolm Hughes were on the west coast for the Ayr Half Marathon. The route takes runners south of the town before a long straight finish along the beachfront. Alison finished in 1:42:12 and Malcolm in 1:49:03.

On Sunday, 17 Linlithgow AC runners completed the Stirling 10k race, favorable conditions and a fast, flat course meant for few PBs and a chance to grab some Club Championship points. For the men, John Redding was first home in 35:44 followed by Colin Sumpter in 39:39, then Scott Hyslop in 40:59, Paul Emery in 42:01, Angus Gallie in 42:18, Paul Dudchenko in 44:25, Ian Lockhart in 47:09, Scott Cumming in 49:26, Roddy Simpson in 54:26 and Graham Chambers in 59:48. For the women, Mair Watts was first home in 41:13, then Mandy Cazes in 46:05, Karen Outtram 46:16, Rosemary Gallagher in 47:34, Jennifer Newtons in 48:01, Charlotte Moran in 48:05 and Alison Stewart in 53:27.

Also on Sunday, David Main-Reade completed the 10k run at Woburn Triathlon. Improving on last year’s effort, finishing in 47 mins.

At parkrun, the Club had 14 runners across 5 different runs.

The Club’s biggest turnout was at Falkirk where 11 Linlithgow runners were amongst the 571 runners that helped Falkirk celebrate its 400th event. Martin Maginnis was first home in 20:10, then Ian Boxall in 21:04, Rebecca Hammond in 23:30, Ian Lockhart in 23:47, Jill Horsburgh in 23:48, Neil Anderson in 23:59, Gary Welsh in 29:08, Isobel Lockhart in 29:27, Hannah Danson (and buggy!) in 31:50 and Roddy Simpson in 57:30 (tail walker). Elsewhere, Ian Fyfe was at Livingston, finishing in 29:28. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade was at Bushy Park in London, finishing in 22:33. Joyce Robertson was at Victoria Park in Glasgow, finishing in 26:21 and Michael Watts was at Loch Leven, finishing in 22:07.

Weekly update: The Heb adventure race, Perth 10k and parkrun

Brian Couper, Darren Dick and Neil Anderson (fresh from his trip to Shetland) took part in The Heb, an adventure race set in some of the most spectacular, wild and remote landscape in Scotland – the Hebridean Island chain off the west coast. The trio spent two days cycling along beaches, kayaking, climbing hills and trotting through bogs. The mud and sand will (eventually) wash away but the memories of North and South Uist and Benbecula will never fade - a great race by all accounts. 

On Sunday, Ian Logan and Hannah Danson were in Perth for the 10k race. A popular event on the Scottish running calendar, the race has been going for over 30 years. A flat, fast route taking in views of the River Tay, and offers runners a good opportunity for a fast time. Ian finished in 36:31 mins making him 8th overall (2nd MV), and Hannah finished in 51:46 mins. 

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners across 6 different runs.

Martin Maginnis was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Livingston in 20:14. Also at Livingston, Lorna Simpson finished in 24:34 and Mandy Cazes in 25:04. At Southwark, Charlotte Fortune finished in 20:43. At Polkemmet, Jill Horsburgh finished in 25:38. 

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade was at Zilmere in Brisbane (collecting his ‘Z’ in the process), finishing in 22:44. Scott Cumming was at Hay Lodge, finishing in 26:21 and Ian Box all was in Stonehaven, finishing in 22:04.

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.

Weekly update: Coll Half Marathon, Forth Bridge 10k and parkrun

It was a battle against the elements this week for Linlithgow AC…

Jill Horsburgh was in the windy (with intermittent hail and vertical rain!) Inner Hebrides on Saturday for the Coll Half Marathon. The route, starting at the Calmac Ferry terminal follows the main road around the island, looping runners back toward Arinagour for the finish. Jill finished the race in 01:58:28 (1st FV60, 13th female). 

4 Linlithgow runners were at the Forth Road Bridge 10k on Sunday. The race, returning to the Scottish running calendar after a break last year, saw runners faced with +40mph winds. Alison Malone was first home for the Linlithgow women, finishing in 46:54 (5th FV40), followed by Claire Rice in 50:09, Lorna Simpson in 50:37 and Louisa Cockburn in 53:15. For the men, Martin Maginnis finished in 42:35.  

Another quiet week at parkrun, the Club had 5 runners across 7 different runs.

Ian Boxall was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 21:32. Also at Falkirk, Rebecca Hammond finished in 24:34 and Roddy Simpson in 27:59. At Plean, Neil Anderson finished in 21:47. At Livingston, Malcolm Hughes finished in 22:21.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Mandy Cazes was at Drumpellier, finishing in 24:26 and Scott Cumming ran Walmer and Deal Seafront, finishing in 25:50.

Weekly update: North Berwick Law race, Grangemouth Open Graded event and parkrun

Ian Logan was in East Lothian for the North Berwick Law race on Wednesday evening.  The race went from the harbour to the top of the Law and back, approximately 4.8km. Ian finished the race 23:01 mins, and was 12th overall and 2nd male veteran.

Also on Wednesday, Scott Cumming was at the Grangemouth Open Graded event. The majority of those competing were juniors, but there were also a fair few seniors. Over 800m distance, Scott secured a PB time of 2 mins 46.76 secs. A well organised event with electronic timing and wind gauges for the sprinters. For anyone interested, there will be a similar event on 21 August at Livingston. 

A relatively quiet week at parkrun, the Club had 11 runners across 4 different runs.

Junior LAC member James Hammond was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Falkirk in 19:39. Also at Falkirk, Martin Maginnis finished in 20:21, Ian Boxall in 21:39, Malcolm Hughes in 22:17, Hannah Danson in 26:49 and Rebecca Hammond in 27:03. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 24:43 and Mandy Cazes in 26:16.

Our parkrun tourists this week. David Main-Reade and Jill Horsburgh were at Hazlehead, finishing in 23:10 and 24:57, respectively. Neil Anderson was not far away in Ellon, finishing in 20:36.

Weekly update: Devil in the Highlands, Dunoon Half, Mhor Marathon and a parkrun centurion

On Saturday, David Mason made his first attempt at the Devil in the Highlands Footrace (and his first Ultra distance event). 42 miles with 6500 feet of climbing along the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William coupled with unseasonably hot temperatures in the high 20's added to this extremely challenging event. David completed the race in 10:00:18, a great achievement.

Also on Saturday, Kathryn Holm and Claire Rice had favorable conditions for the Dunoon Half Marathon. An out and back course along the coast which also concludes with a children’s race, a great family event. Kathryn finished in 1:48:19 (just 4 secs off bettering last year’s effort). Claire finished in 1:50:46, a course PB for Claire and also taking a chunk off last year’s time.

On Sunday, Bryan Grome was in Callander for the Mhor Marathon. The course takes runners along the trails beside Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil with a total elevation of 2250 feet, finishing at the Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Balquhidder. Bryan finished in 05:24:08 (official time tbc).

At parkrun, the Club had 13 runners across 7 different runs.

Richard Wood was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, completing Rutland Water in 19:29. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk, where Lorna Simpson completed her 100th parkrun aptly dressed as a Centurion, finishing in 24:51. Angus Gallie also ran, finishing in 20:57 (1st MV60), then Ian Boxall in 21:40, Mandy Cazes (and buggy!) in 29:34 and Yvonne McHugh in 34:38. At Edinburgh, Ian Lockhart finished in 23:23, Scott Cumming in 23:55 and Isobel Lockhart in 28:31. At Livingston, Charlotte Moran finished in 24:44.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Eglinton in 22:57, David Main-Reade ran Inverness in 22:45, Neil Anderson ran Drumpellier in 21:00.

Weekly update: Falkland Hill race, Donkey Brae race and parkrun

On Wednesday evening Carolyn Walker was in Fife for the Falkland hill race. The route takes runners along the trails and paths in the beautiful surroundings of Falkland Estate and not to mention the Falkland Hill. Carolyn finished in 55mins 45secs.

On Sunday Mandy Cazes and Jill Horsburgh ran Donkey Brae run, part of the Aberdour Festival. The 7 mile route heads out to Dalgety Bay before circling back and finishing at Silver Sands. Official results to be confirmed, by their own timing Jill finished in 1hr 2secs and Mandy in 1hr 55secs. 

At parkrun, the Club had 12 runners across 7 different runs.

Andrew McGill was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, taking 1st place at St Andrews in 16:21. The biggest club turnout was at Falkirk, where John Smith was first home in 19:33, followed by Scott Hyslop finished in 21:40, then Ian Boxall in 21:52, Malcolm Hughes in 22:21 and Lorna Simpson in 25:04. Elsewhere, Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 25:35, Mandy Cazes also ran finishing in 32:49. Richard Wood ran Leicester Victoria in 19:54.

Our parkrun tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Greenock in 24:31, Lynsey Hay ran Perth in 29:39, Jill Horsburgh ran Drumpellier in 24:53 (1st in age category).

Weekly update: Self Transcendence series, Glamaig Hill race and big turnout at parkrun

On Wednesday evening Frances Wood was back again at the Meadows for the Self Transcendence series. Frances finished the 2mile race in 14mins 11 secs, and again 1st FV60.

Angus Gallie was at the Glamaig Hill Race on Skye earlier this month. Described as "one of the toughest races in Scottish hill-running", it didn’t disappoint. Angus finished 01:41:21. Angus put his effort into perspective against the hill-running 'specialists'. The winning time by Finlay Wild (Lochaber Athletic Club) was 00:46:46 - meaning that he was up and down the hill before Angus reached the summit! Impressive.

Another busy week at parkrun, where the Club had 19 runners across 9 different runs.

James Hammond was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Bath Skyline in 19:42. Rebecca Hammond also ran, finishing in 27:47.  

The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk with 10 Linlithgow runners there to help celebrate it’s 8th birthday. Scott Hyslop was first home in 21:07, Neil Anderson in 21:33, Chris Duffy in 21:44, Angus Gallie in 21:52, Ian Boxall in 22:28, Malcolm Hughes in 22:38, Jennifer Newton in 24:10, Roddy Simpson in 24:48, Lorna Simpson in 25:04 and Sean Smith in 29:33. Elsewhere, Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 25:35, Mandy Cazes ran St Andrews in 24:20, Richard Wood ran Leicester Victoria in 20:18.

Our tourists this week. Ian Fyfe ran Ayr in 25:27, Michael Watts ran Northwich in 20:16, Jill Horsburgh ran Fort William in 25:59 (smashing the VW60-64 course record by more than 2 minutes!) and David Main-Reade ran Nautical, Winnipeg in 22:35 (3rd overall).

Weekly update: Bronze medal at the Scottish Athletics Masters Championship!

On Wednesday evening Frances Wood was back for more glory at the Self Transcendence 5k series at the Meadows. Frances finished 1st FV60 in 22mins 50secs

Roddy Simpson (pictured) was at Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday for the Scottish Athletics Masters Championship race, finishing in 3mins 10secs, taking the M70 bronze medal.

A busy week at parkrun, where the Club had 14 runners across 10 different runs.

Neil Anderson was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, and achieving 1st overall at Girvan in 20:14. Neil’s daughter also volunteered and handed over the coveted 0001 token (pictured).  

At Edinburgh, Frances Wood finished in 23:18 (1st FV60), and Scott Cumming in 24:17. Mandy Cazes was at Plean finishing in 26:29. The biggest club turnout was at Falkirk, where Brian Couper finished in 24:35, Louisa Cockburn finished in 25:37, Lorna Simpson finished in 26:17 and Yvonne McHugh in 35:09. Graeme Wilkinson was at Polkemmet Country Park finishing in 27:18.

Our tourists this week. Lynsey Hay + bump were at Carlisle (pictured), finishing in 28:29. Rebecca Evans was at Cannon Hill, Birmingham, for 1st ever parkrun, finishing in 24:26. Malcolm Hughes was at Fulham Palace, finishing in 21:26. Ian Fyfe continued his efforts to run all Scottish parkruns, finishing Orkney in 22:35. Lastly, David Reade was in Canada at Churchill Parkway, Winnipeg finishing in 22:50.

Weekly update: A week of rest and recuperation...

Ian Logan at Crieff 10k

Ian Logan at Crieff 10k

For most of us it was a quiet week of running this week as summer and school holidays kick-in. However, on Wednesday evening Malcolm Hughes joined 12,500 runners at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. A 5.6 km (3.5 miles) race, for teams from various UK companies, in Battersea Park, London. Malcolm finished in 25:29.

On Sunday, Ian Logan and Hannah Danson ran the Crieff 10k organised by Strathearn Harriers. Ian finished the multi-terrain route in 39:24 (6th overall and 2nd V40) and Hannah finished in 01:04.

At parkrun, the Club had 10 runners at 8 different runs.

Mike Watts was the quickest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Hazelhead in 20:13. At Edinburgh, Mandy Cazes finished in 23:48 closely followed by Jill Horsburgh finished in 23:58. Roddy Simpson finished Greenock in 24:45. At Falkirk, Colin Hutcheon finished in 21:19, and Malcolm Hughes in 22:10. At Ganavan Sands, Neil Anderson finished in 21:20. Graeme Wilkinson was at Osterley finishing in 47:41. Scott Cumming ran Fell Foot in 26:25 and Scott Hyslop ran Polkemmet in 21:15.

Weekly update: A busy week of hills, trails, runs in the park and... parkun!

With Club Championship points at stake, Linlithgow had a strong turnout at the Dechmont 10k on Sunday with 9 runners taking to the muddy trails. Mairi Watts was first home for the Linlithgow women (2nd overall) in 44:44, followed by Jennifer Newton in 53:35 and Mandy Cazes in 57:13. First home for the men was Martin Maginnis in 43:28 followed by Paul Emery in 46:38, Colin Hutcheon in 47:14, Neil Barnes in 48:04, Roddy Simpson in 56:20 and Mark Collier in 01:06:21.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Frances and Alex Wood ran the hilly Arran Half Marathon. Frances finished 1st FV60 in 01:49:38 (taking home not only a trophy but some tasty Arran cheese too) and Alex finishing in 02:13:46.  David Dalmau, Trevor Galloway and Kenny Gray all completed the Lairig Ghru hill race, a gruelling race from Braemar to Aviemore (official results to follow).

Earlier in the week, Ian Fyfe completed the Balbirnie Duathlon (consisting of 5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run) in 01:31:00.  As a warm-up for their efforts in Arran, running the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence mile at the Meadows, Frances finishing 1st FV60 in 06:50 and Alex in 07:53. Malcolm Hughes was in London for the Last Friday of the Month 5k race in Hyde Park, organised by Serpentine Running Club. Improving on last month's effort, finishing in 22:39 - 158th out of 251 runners. 

Roddy Simpson, Neil Anderson and Club President, Angus Gallie, were at Falkirk parkrun on Saturday with their latest Let’s Go Linlithgow couch-to-5K group. All of the group who made it along completed the course, a great achievement for all involved and a briliant example of the Club supporting the local community through a shared passion for running. 

At parkrun, the Club had 8 runners at 6 different runs.

Malcolm Hughes was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week finishing Coldham’s Common in 22:36. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk, where Jennifer Newton finished in 23:53, Roddy Simpson in 32:47, Neil Anderson in 33:36. Elsewhere, Ian Fyfe finished Perth in 23:53, Graeme Wilkinson was in South Wales, finishing Barry Island in 26:56, David Main-Reade was in Germany, finishing Nidda, Frankfurt, in 23:43 and Lorna Simpson ran Felixstowe, Suffolk in 23:04.

Weekly update: a vintage week for Linlithgow AC

Frances and Alex Wood represented the Club at the Self Transcendence race series on Wednesday evening. The 2 mile race takes runners round the Peace Mile at The Meadows, Edinburgh. Frances continued her great run of form for the Club, finishing 1st FV60 in 14:23 adding to her medal collection in the process. Alex finished in 16:21. 

Jill Horsburgh completed the GRC Fauldhouse sprint triathlon on Sunday - the event included a 750m swim in the pool, 14.5k bike ride and finished with a 5.5k forest run. Jill finished in 01:25:01, placing her 1st FV60.

At parkrun, the Club had 14 runners at 6 different runs.

Scott Hyslop was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, finishing Edinburgh in 20:22, followed by  Jude Moir in 20:32, Colin McCluskie in 22:00 and Scott Cumming in 25:36. The biggest Club turnout was at Falkirk where Paul Dudchenko finished in 21:02, then Lorna Simpson in 24:10, Jennier Newton in 24:16, Mandy Cazes in 24:45 and Roddy Simpson in 24:47. Elsewhere, at Strathclyde, Frances Wood finished in 22:57 (6th female, 1st FV60), Alex Wood in 26:13. Ian Fyfe was at Troon finishing in 21:52. Graeme Wilkinson was at Yeovil Montacute, finishing in 26:14 and Neil Anderson was at Polkemmet finishing in 21:31.

In the run up to the Children’s Gala Day celebrations Lynne McGill and Frank Clement hosted two fun racing events for various age groups at the Peel firstly on Wednesday evening and then again on Saturday afternoon. With cash prizes and copious amounts of “medals” on offer it was no wonder the kids kept wanting to race on more than one occasion!

Weekly update: Life's a beach for LAC, that's foreshore!

Linlithgow had 8 runners at the 4 on the foreshore race on Wednesday evening. A popular 4 mile fun run along the shore in Bo’ness. First home for Linlithgow and overall female winner was Lynne McGill in 26:57. Lynne was followed by Karen Duncan in 29:07, Kathryn Holm in 29:17, Claire Rice in 30:39. For the Linlithgow men, Gerry McArdle was first home in 25:29 and 6th overall, then Scott Hyslop (9th) in 26:21, Neil Anderson in 27:44 and Bryan Grome in 46:58.

12 Linlithgow runners secured their place for the hugely popular Black Rock 5 race on Friday evening. The unique race, from Kinghorn over the sands and back, ends with a steep uphill dash to the finish. First home for the Linlithgow men was David Marshall in 28:43, followed by Paul Dudchenko in 30:40, Paul Emery 31:28, Jude Moir 31:30, Colin Hutcheon in 32:51, Neil Anderson 33:07 and Malcolm Hughes in 36:00. Charlotte Moran was first home for Linlithgow women, in 36:48, followed by Jill Horsburgh in 37:44 (1st F60, prize in the post after dashing to prepare for her next race), Jennifer Newton in 38:19 and Carolyn Walker in 42:43

At the 7 Hills of Edinburgh race, in it’s 40th year, Linlithgow had 4 runners. Not many races offer a route that includes short cuts through shopping arcades, cobbled city streets, barbed wire fences, burn crossings, mudslides, a castle and extinct volcanoes. Despite the +2,000ft of elevation, the race is well supported at each checkpoint atop each hill, not to mention the best views Edinburgh has to offer. In the race, Martin Maginnis finished in 02:19:49 and Angus Gallie in 2:35:43. In the challenge, Jill Horsburgh finished in 02:44:18 and Ian Fyfe in 2:50:17.

5 members of the Junior club took part in the Round Table Assault Course on Saturday. They worked hard learning from each round to come equal 4th place. The team was Emma Mitchell, Gillian Emery, Sean Smith, Mirren Morrison and Katie Bothwell.

At parkrun, the Club had 11 runners at 5 different runs.

Neil Anderson was again fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, this time running Stonehaven in 21:49. Also at Stonehaven, Ian Fyfe finished in 22:34, David Main-Reade in 22:52 and Jill Horsburgh in 26:21. Neil, Ian and Jill all finished first in their respective age categories and celebrated with a swim in the outdoor pool. At Edinburgh, Scott Cumming finished in 25:26, Alex Wood in 26:58, and Carolyn Walker in 31:04. At Falkirk, Ian Boxall completed parkrun #50 in 22:17, Roddy Simpson in 25:22. Elsewhere, Graeme Wilkson ran Conyngham Hall in 29:31 and Malcolm Hughes finished Polkemmet in 23:29.

Linlithgow 10k…

Now in it's 27th year, entries are flooding in for the annual Linlithgow 10k and fun run, which will be held on Sunday October 6th at 2:30 pm. This is another long-established, and popular community event in Linlithgow, so don’t delay, enter today!

Weekly update: races here, there and everywhere for Linlithgow AC

Linlithgow had 4 runners at the Corstorphine 5 road race on Wednesday evening. The fast course takes in quiet country roads circling Turnhouse Golf Course and Cammo. First home was Colin Hutcheon in 34:24, then Alison Malone in 37:31, Frances Wood in 38:23 (3rd VW60) and Alex Wood 45:07.

David Mason, Paul Dudchenko and Trevor Galloway were back in the hills again this week. First up, at Red Moss Extinction Rebellion Race on Wednesday evening. A very fast hill race held near Balerno, a 10.5 km route and 350m of climbing. First home was, Paul, in 53:59 (36th), followed by David Mason in 58:13 (59th) and Trevor was 59:17 (64th). On Saturday, Paul and David were in Dumfries and Galloway to compete in the Durisdeer Hill Race. A race that provided everything, long climbs, incredibly steep descents, river crossings, technical running and map skills. The course was 16km with a hefty 1200m of climbing. David finished 24th in 02:19:16 and Paul was 25th in 02:26:18. A well-earned spread was laid on for the finishers (pictured!).

Scott Hyslop was completing the 3rd race in the Chacefield Wood Trail Series, near Denny, on Thursday evening. The last race in the series, was made up of 4 3km laps of Chacefield Wood, taking in a mix of forest tracks and boggy trails. Scott finished 3rd overall in the series and a place on the podium.

On Saturday, John Redding was in Leeds for the ITU World Triathlon Series event. The event provides non-professional triathletes a unique opportunity to compete on much of the same course as the world’s best. John finished 15th in his age group, in 02:16:00.

Also on Saturday, 8 members of the Club took part in an informal, fun event to run the 1822 Parliamentary Boundary of Linlithgow. Starting and finishing at the canal basin, the inaugural ‘Linlithgow Alternative Marches March’ 4.8 mile route took in the 8 boundary stones dotted around the town. A new route for the Tuesday social for certain.

On Sunday, Charlotte Moran had her marathon legs back on, taking part in the Strathearn Marathon, near Comrie. A hilly route but with stunning views of picturesque Perthshire. Charlotte finished in 04:00:26.

At parkrun, the Club had 11 runners at 8 different runs.

Neil Anderson was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, running Plean in 21:54; At Greenock, Roddy Simpson finished in 23:31; At Falkirk, Malcolm Hughes finished in 22:45 and Lorna Simpson in 23:34; At Gibside, Graeme Wilkinson ran in 26:19; At Springburn, Frances Wood finished in 22:55, Mandy Cazes in 24:36 and Alex Wood in 26:29. At Meadowmill, Scott Cumming finished in 26:49; At Polkemmet, Ian Fyfe finished in 22:59. At Rheinaue, Germany, David Main-Reade finished in 21:58.

Weekly update: Hyde Park 5k, Carluke 10k, Stirling Tri, Helensburgh Highland Games hill race and parkrun

Malcolm Hughes got the weekend running underway at the Last Friday of the Month 5k race in Hyde Park, London, organised by Serpentine Running Club. Malcolm finished in 00:23:22, 8th MV55 (201st overall in what was a highly competitive field.

Alex and Frances Wood ran the Carluke on the Run 10k Challenge on Saturday, run by Carluke Development Trust. A strong wind, rain and a technical, hilly course did not make for fast times. Frances finished 8th female and 2nd super-vet in 50:33, scooping £30 cash prize, and Alex finished in 57:31.

Also on Saturday, Scott Hyslop was in Argyll and Bute for the Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games hill race. Scott finished teh 8km route 00:37:40.

On Sunday, Kathryn Holm, hot on the heels of last week’s Edinburgh Marathon, took part in the Stirling Triathlon, set in the grounds of the University of Stirling. A late entry, a borrowed bike and early rise earned Kathryn a 7th female overall / 3rd senior female finish, in an overall time of 00:48:33.

At parkrun, the Club had 12 runners at 8 different runs.

At Falkirk, Paul Dudchenko was the fastest Linlithgow finisher this week, in 21:01, followed by Roddy Simpson in 24:26. Elsewhere, Louisa Cockburn finished Edinburgh in 24:01; Malcolm Hughes ran Livingston in 23:00; Ian Fyfe finished Crichton in 21:22; Graeme Wilkinson ran Springburn in 23:52; Lorna Simpson ran Lochore Meadows in 22:49; Mandy Cazes ran Loch Leven in 26:46. The Club’s biggest turnout was at Polkemmet, where Neil Anderson finished in 22:08, David Reade in 23:26, Jill Horsburgh 24:35 (setting the course record for her age group), Scott Cumming in 26:29.

Date for Your Diary!

Join us on the 14th December at the Linlithgow Burgh Halls (where it all started!) for a combined celebration of the club's 40th anniversary and our annual champions and awards evening 2019. More details to follow.

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.

Weekly update: Top result at LochWINnoch for Linlithgow!

Another week and another podium, this time for David Marshall (pictured) who won the Lochwinnoch road race on Saturday, a third win at the event. The 5-mile hilly course cuts along the fringes of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park before looping back towards Lochwinnoch for a flat out finish.

Also on Saturday, Ian and Isobel Lockhart (pictured) ran the Cape Wrath Marathon - the most North Westerly marathon on mainland UK. The extremely challenging, exposed route includes a climb of over 2,415 feet. Ian and Isobel were a 2 person team and completed it in 4hrs 18min 15sec.

On Sunday, Emma Mitchell, Gillian Emery (pictured) and Faith Griffen represented the Club’s Junior section at the Run, Jump, Throw Grand Prix in Livingston. A great event to earn some valuable experience and test their skills against their peers.

At parkrun, the Club had 16 runners at 11 different runs.

Fastest Linlithgow finisher was Ian Logan at St Andrews in 17:58, Hannah Danson also ran, finishing in 27:38. At Edinburgh, William Millar finished in 18:53, Frances Wood in 23:00 (1st VW60) and Scott Cumming in 24:48. At Falkirk, Ian Boxall finished in 21:24, Roddy Simpson in 24:11 and Graeme Wilkinson in 24:30. Elsewhere, Neil Anderson ran Plean in 22:32; David Main-Reade finished Aviemore in 22:18; Ian Fyfe finished Camperdown, Dundee in 22:05; Lorna Simpson finished Livingston in 23:03; Jill Horsburgh ran Crichton in 23:53 (2nd woman overall); and at Dunfermline, Mandy Cazes finished in 24:30. In N.Ireland, Alex Wood ran Armagh in 27:26 (3rd VM65) and Laura Finlay was at Ecos, Ballymena, finishing in 25:58.  

John Redding took a break from running this weekend, getting on his bike for the Etape Caledonia event on Sunday. The 85 mile route started and finished in Pitlochry, and included two pretty big climbs, the second of which over the shoulder of Schiehallion. John finished in 04:10:00.

And finally…

Colin Sumpter and Thomas Gahagan took part in a competitive Low Port Primary Dads 80m sprint. A missed opportunity to wear the vest of LAC, gents?!

Weekly update: A week of ups, downs and a podium finish for Linlithgow AC

On Wednesday evening, the Club had 9 runners at a cold and windy Dumyat Hill Race, near Stirling. A popular fixture on the hill running calendar – provides a fun, challenging event set around the University of Stirling campus.

First home for the men was hill specialist, Paul Dudchenko in 46:03, then Trevor Galloway in 48:10, followed closely by David Mason in 48:19, Scott Hyslop in 48:40, Colin Sumpter in 49:05, Mike Watts in 49:06 and Angus Gallie in 51:28. For the women, Jill Horsburgh was first off the hill in 57:31 followed by Charlotte Moran in 59:06.

On Saturday, Michael O’Hara ran the picturesque Ben Lomond Hill Race. An eventful race for the wrong reasons saw Michael spectacularly wipe out on the descent resulting a trip to A&E to patch him up but still managed to finish in 01:32 placing 39th. Like every good hill race, the post race soup more than made up for the rough and tumble.

In Arisaig, Martin Maginnis earned a podium finish at the Road to the Isles Marathon. A spectacular and hilly out and back route (twice) along the old road to the isles from Arisaig via Traigh beach to Morar bay. Martin finished in 03:29:06, a new PB for the distance and 3rd placed male.

At parkrun, the Club had 14 runners at 6 different runs.

The biggest turnout was at Livingston where Lorna Simpson was first home for Linlithgow finishing in 22:26, followed by David Reade in 22:28 (PB), Ian Fyfe in 22:32, Malcolm Hughes in 24:25 and Graham Chambers in 31:35. Fastest Linlithgow finisher was at Strathclyde where William Millar finished in 18:37, followed by Isobel Lockhart in 28:46. Elsewhere, Mandy Cazes finished Edinburgh in 22:24. At Falkirk, Kenny Gray finished in 20:58, Roddy Simpson in 24:08 and Hannah Danson in 29:46. At Perth, Frances Wood finished in 23:07 and Alex Wood in 26:22.

Special mention to the Club volunteers who ran and marshalled at the trial parkrun event at Polkemmet Country Park – Iain Fyfe and Lorna Simpson ran the course in 23:18 and 23:21 respectively (8th & 10th) and David Main-Reade and Graham Chambers marshalled. The inaugural event is set for the 25th May usual parkrun time.

Weekly update: Fast finish for Linlithgow AC at Scottish 5km Road Race Championships

Linlithgow AC had 10 runners at the Scottish 5km Road Race Championships at Silverknowes on Friday evening. The race, one of the most competitive short road races in the Scottish calendar, is an out and back flat 5k course along the banks of the River Forth.

Fastest finisher for the Club was Siobhan Coleman finishing in 18 mins (20th female overall, and a new PB). Next home for the women was Charlotte Moran in 22:01, Lorna Simpson in 22:06, Frances Wood in 22:40 (2nd FV60 taking the silver medal and a pineapple! See photo...), Mandy Cazes in 22:46 and Alison Marshall in 23:06. For the men, Paul Emery set a new PB for 5k finishing in 19:42, followed by Darren Dick in 21:20, Gary Welsh in 21:27 (Also a new PB and taking 9 secs off his previous best) and Alex Wood in 25:35.

Jill Horsburgh was in the Inner Hebrides on Saturday for the Tiree Half Marathon. A stunning course which starts and ends on the beach, and treats runners to some amazing views out to sea and surrounding islands. Jill clearly didn’t stop to take photos, finishing in 1:54:20.

At parkrun on Saturday, the Club had 12 runners at 5 different runs.

The biggest turnout was at Falkirk where Kenny Gray was first home for Linlithgow finishing in 19:33 (1st male, 2nd overall), then Ian Boxall in 20:53, Paul Dudchenko 21:2, Roddy Simpson in 24:29, Malcolm Hughes in 24:57 and Mandy Cazes in 26:39. At Edinburgh, William Millar was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week finishing in 19:03 followed by Jude Moir who finished in 20:27. Elsewhere, Charlotte Moran ran Livingston in 23:16, and Lorna Simpson in 23:17. At Ruchill, Graeme Wilkinson finished in 24:35. Lucas Welsh finished 3rd at the junior parkrun at the Helix.

Finally, Neil Anderson was a pacer at a parkrun for the first time - Alness parkrun. A scenic out and back from the park down to the end of a pier. Neil’s target time was 25 minutes and he finished in 25th place!

In case you missed it, here’s our silver medal winners from the Stirling Marathon last week. Well done again to Alison Mitchell, Rosemary Gallagher and Karen Outram.