Weekly Update

Weekly update: parkrun milestone, D33 Ultra, Mighty Deerstalker and the Lisbon Half Marathon

Another busy week for Linlithgow AC was kicked-off at parkrun on Saturday where Kenny Gray achieved an impressive milestone by  completing his 250th parkrun, finishing Falkirk in 23:53. Kenny first got into running through Falkirk parkrun and was at the first ever event back in 2011. His first finishing time was 27:58 but has since brought this down by some way to 18:45. But it’s not all been about running, Kenny has also volunteered at Falkirk 70 times including a spell on the organising team. A great achievement, well done.

Also at Falkirk parkrun this week was Ian Boxall who finished in 21:24 (6th overall and fastest Linlithgow runner this week), and Roddy Simpson who finished in 26:42. Elsewhere, David Reade ran Edinburgh in 25:04. At Livingston, William Millar finished in 21:57. Mandy Cazes ran Fort William in 26:52 (4th female overall) and Neil Anderson ran Meadow Mill in 22:54.

In Aberdeen, Marta Sroka ran the D33 Ultra race, some pretty tough conditions including sleet, snow and high winds made for a gruelling run - and not a single hill steep enough to justify walking! Marta finished in 05:09:38.

On Saturday evening, Gary Welsh was in Innerleithen for the notorious Mighty Deerstalker night race or as it was known on Saturday, the mudstalker. The route takes runners across rivers, through forests and over a mountain. Gary survived, finishing in 02:02:57.  

Malcolm Hughes was in Portugal on Sunday to run the Lisbon Half Marathon. The race started on the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge giving runners some spectacular views of the city. Conditions were, not surprisingly, dry and warm with a light breeze. Malcolm finished in 01:39:00.

Weekly update: Balloch to Clydebank and Inverness Half Marathons, Barcelona Marathon and parkun results

A busy weekend for Linlithgow runners was kicked off on Saturday, where Linlithgow had 6 runners across 5 parkruns.

The fastest Linlithgow runner this week was again William Millar, finishing Livingston in 20:38. Elsewhere, Mandy Cazes ran Edinburgh in 25:03. At Loch Leven, Scott Hyslop finished in 23:10. Jill Horsburgh was our parkrun tourist this week, running West Park, Germany in 24:53. Lastly, Ian Fyfe and David Reade ran Meadowmill in 21:11 and 28:15, respectively.

On Sunday, two Linlithgow runners managed PBs for half marathon distance made more satisfying by the challenging conditions. Karen Outram ran a wet and slushy Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon, finishing in 01:43:04. David Reade, fresh from parkrun on Saturday, enjoyed 3 seasons in one during the Inverness Half Marathon finishing in 01:46:00.

Finally, in slightly warmer conditions, Neil Anderson ran the Barcelona Marathon, finishing in 03:44:00.

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Club EGM, 26 March @ 7.30pm - Community Class Room, Linlithgow Academy

Reminder of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Club this month to authorise the Club Committee to pursue Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status. We need at least 20 club members at the meeting for it to be quorate.

Weekly update: Lasswade Ten Mile Road Race, Meadows Half Marathon and parkrun results

A weekend of challenging weather didn’t stop Linlithgow AC from competing this week.

On Sunday, Colin Hutcheon was amongst the +350 runners who ran the notoriously tough Lasswade AAC Ten Mile Road Race, finishing in 01:13:43 (1st MV65). A great turnout after the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s race due to heavy snow. Just the near 40 mph winds to contend with this year!

Also on Sunday, Rosemary Gallagher ran the Meadows Half Marathon finishing in 01:54:19 placing 91st of 205 runners (16th age & gender category). The race involved a dizzying 9 laps of the meadows.

At parkrun Linlithgow had 8 runners across 7 runs.

The fastest Linlithgow runner this week was William Millar, finishing Livingston in 21:12. Also at Livingston, Lorna Simpson (4th Female) finished in 22:48. Elsewhere, Jill Horsburgh ran Edinburgh in 24:59. At Plean, Neil Anderson finished in 22:30. Frances Wood and Alex Wood ran Strathclyde, finishing in 23:27 (1st FV60) and 25:49, respectively. Scott Hyslop ran Dunfermline in 23:34, Ian Fyfe was at Govan Prom finishing in 21:23 (4th overall) and Mandy Cazes ran Lanark Moor in 27:25 (1st Female).

A windswept Rosemary Gallagher after the Meadows Half Marathon

Weekly Update: Record turnout at Scottish National Cross Country for Linlithgow AC

On Saturday Linlithgow AC had a record turnout for the Club at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships. 22 Linlithgow AC members took on the tricky course in Callender Park, Falkirk. Central AC celebrated an historic win, as they once again picked up the Elkington Shield as overall winner, for an unprecedented ninth year in a row.

First up for the Club was James Hammond in the U13 boys race, finishing in 0:13:11, followed by Sean Smith who finished in 0:17:50. In the U15 boys race, Ruaridh Duncan finished in 0:19:50.

Later in the day, in the Senior Women’s race Mairi Watts was first home for the Club in 0:47:12, followed by Lorna Simpson in 0:55:21, Frances Wood in 0:56:51, Mandy Cazes in 0:57:43, Rosemary Gallagher in 0:58:42, Rebecca Evans in 0:58:59 and Alison Marshall 1:00:29. The women’s team finished 20th (of 24) overall.

John Redding was the first home for the Club in the Senior Men’s race, finishing in 0:39:59, then Paul Dudchenko in 0:47:12 closely followed by Martin Maginnis in 0:47:14, Michael Watts in 0:47:57, David McNish in 0:48:12, Neil Barnes 0:48:43, again, closely followed by Scott Hyslop in 0:48:48 , Angus Gallie in 0:48:50, then Gerry McArdle in 0:49:30, Paul Emery in 0:50:25, Neil Anderson 0:51:16 and Darren Dick in 0:51:19. The men’s team finished 34th (of 42) overall.

Lots more photos from the event on Linlithgow Runners page on Facebook. Photo credit to Roddy Simpson, Paul Dudchenko and David Marshall.

Also on Saturday, Ian Fyfe ran the tough but picturesque Glentress Forest 10k trail race in the Scottish Borders, finishing in 53:05.

On Sunday, Bryan Grome ran the Feterresseto forest trail marathon, near Stonehaven. With a cut off time of 2hrs 20 for first half meant for fast start. The route was challenging with some decent evelation. Bryan finished in 4:46:08, in plenty time for the post race spread including soup to rival those served at the Devil’s Burden race.

At parkrun Linlithgow had 8 runners across 4 runs.

The fastest Linlithgow runner this week was Kenny Gray finishing Falkirk in 19:57. Also at Falkirk, Ian Boxall finished in 21:52, Malcolm Hughes in 22:17, Neil Anderson in 22:42 and Roddy Simpson in 23:59. Elsewhere, Alex Wood ran Livingston, finishing in 27:18 (1st VM65). At Blackhill, Graeme Wilkinson finished in 25:34. David Main-Reade continued his parkrun tourism downunder at Quinns Rocks, Perth in 23:55.

Weekly Update: from Speyside to Seville, a busy week of running for Linlithgow Athletic Club

Linlithgow AC runners were at races across the UK and Europe in the past week.

On Valentine’s Day, Siobhan Coleman ran 3k race at the Armagh International Road Race, one of the fastest road races around, finishing in 10:40 (and a new PB for 3k).

On Sunday, Linlithgow had 4 finishers at the Seville Marathon in southern Spain. Michal Sroka was first home in 03:01:47, Ian Boxall in 03:22:01, Kenny Gray in 03:27:50 and Marta Sroka in 03:56:40 (also in odd shoes!).

In Kincardine, Linlithgow had a good turnout at the Devilla 5k and 15k trail races. The favourable conditions saw some strong finishes in both races. In the 5k race, Frances Wood ran in 23:38 (10th female, 2nd F60), Bryan Grome in 26:32 (10th V40) and Alex Wood in 26:47 (3rd V60). In the 15k race, Paul Dudchenko ran in 01:07:43 (8th V50), Ian Fyfe in 01:21:48 (9th V60) and Mandy Cazes ran in 01:26:47.

In Moray, Martin Maginnis ran the Kinloss to Lossiemouth Half Marathon, finishing 01:31:40 despite a strong headwind off the north sea (see photo).  

At parkrun, Linlithgow had 14 runners across 9 different runs.

Martin Maginnis was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finishing Elgin in 19:57 (3rd overall). The biggest turnout was at Falkirk where Malcolm Hughes was first home in 22:26, Jennifer Newton in 23:44, Roddy Simpson in 24:54 and Ian Fyfe in 52:22 (tail walker). Elsewhere, Scott Hyslop ran Edinburgh in 21:44. At Livingston, Charlotte Moran finished in 24:35. Lynsey Hay ran Castewellan in 21:58. At Bangor, Michael and Mhairi Watts finished in 20:15 and 20:23, respectively. Graeme Wilkinson ran Lochore Meadows in 23:56. At Meadowmill, Mandy Cazes finished in 24:52, and Jill Horsburgh in 25:39. Finally, David Main-Reade continued his parkrun tourism effort at Albert Park, Melbourne, finishing in 23:27.

Weekly update: Carnethy 5, Trossachs Night Trail race, Kirkintilloch 12.5k and parkrun results

A busy week of running this week across trail, hills and road.

On Wednesday (6th Feb), Paul Dudchenko and Trevor Galloway ran the third of the Trossachs Night Trail Race series. The course covered 6 miles of woodland trails near Aberfoyle. Out of 123 finishers, Paul finished 35th (48:53) and Trevor finished 42nd (50:45).

On Saturday, the first big hill race of the year took place in the Pentland Hills Regional Park - the Carnethy 5 (though it is just shy of 6 miles in length). The course route took in five of the Pentland hills with a total elevation gain of 2,500 feet. Strong winds meant for a tough race and battle to stay upright. Amongst a competitive field of near 500 runners, Linlithgow was represented by Paul Dudchenko who finished in 1:17:53 (215th), David Dalmau in 1:28:09 (345th), and Laura Finlay in 1:52:28 (456th).

Photo credit: Paul Dudchenko, David Dalmau and David Main-Reade.

On Sunday, Ian and Isobel Lockhart ran the less windy Kirkintilloch 12.5k road race. Ian finished in 1:03:18 (163rd) and Isobel in 1:15:20 (268th).

At parkrun, Linlithgow had 8 runners across 6 different runs.

William Millar was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finishing Livingston in 20:53. Alex Wood also ran, finishing 28:12. Elsewhere, Kenny Gray ran Falkirk, finishing in 24:22, Roddy Simpson in 25:14. At Camperdown, Mandy Cazes ran in 26:19, Neil Anderson ran Montrose finishing in 22:17, Ian Fyfe ran his 200th parkrun at Dunfermline in 24:21. Furthest afield was David Main-Reade (pictured), who ran East Coast Park in Singapore (one of the Guardian’s top 10 Parkrun locations), finishing in 24:42.

Weekly update: Scottish Masters Cross Country, Falkirk Ultra, Cancer Research UK 10k and parkrun results

On Saturday, the Club had representation at the Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships in Hawick. The course was on an exposed spot above the town with rough terrain underfoot, conditions were dry but very cold - a theme this week!

Frances Wood flew the flag for the ladies and was 4th fastest in her age group (F60) in a time of 33:31 over the 6000m course. In the M65 category, also on the 6000m course, Colin Hutcheon finished 6th in a time of 29:59. Lastly, Alex Wood, after 40 years of running, ran his first cross country race, finishing 19th in a time of 38:10.

In the M50-60 category (over the 8000m course) the men were able to field a full team of 3, finishing 13th. The team was made up of: Scott Hyslop (M50) who finished in 37:22, Neil Anderson (M55) in 39:16 and Angus Gallie (M60) in 37:45.

Photo credit: Pete Bracegirdle of Fife AC and Frances Wood.

On Sunday, Kenny Gray ran the Falkirk Ultra Race at Callendar Park, covering 27.5 miles (7 laps of the 3.8 mile course), the all-weather conditions made it tricky underfoot. Also on Sunday, Graeme Wilkinson ran the Cancer Research UK Winter 10K in London, finishing in 49:39.

At parkrun, the Club had 6 runners across 5 different runs, again, braving the low temperatures.

William Millar was the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finishing Strathclyde in 20:06. Elsewhere, Graeme Wilkinson ran Burgess in 26:11. At Crichton, Neil Anderson finished in 22:29. At Portobello, David Main-Reade finished in 24:24, and at a snowy Loch Leven, Kenny Gray (pictured) finished in 25:06, Mandy Cazes in 26:53.

Kenny Gray at the Falkirk Ultra

Weekly update: 3 Linlithgow teams take on Devil’s Burden relay and parkrun results

On Saturday, 18 Linlithgow runners made up 3 teams for the infamous Devil’s Burden relay race. Starting at the Falkland Estate, the 36.5km route comprises of 4 legs across the Lomond Hills Regional Park. Tough winter conditions added to the challenging route.

For the first time, the Club had a women’s team competing, made up of: Lynne McGill, Jill Horsburgh, Jennifer Newton, Lynne Lamont, Charlotte Moran and Alison Marshall. They were joined by the men’s team of Bryan Grome, Paul Dudchenko, David Mason, Brian Couper, Angus Gallie and Michael O’Hara; and a mixed team of Kathryn Holm, Martin Maginnis, Neil Anderson, David Reade, Darren Dick and Trevor Galloway.

Everyone made it home in time for the legendary soup buffet at the finish. The men’s team were first home in 04:07:15, the mixed team in 04:21:44 and the women in 04:47:40.

Photo credit: Paul Dudchenko and Pete Bracegirdle.

At parkrun, Linlithgow had 11 runners across 3 parkruns this week.

Frances Wood ran Strathclyde, finishing 5th female overall in 24:03 (1st VW60). Alex Wood also ran, finishing in 26:51.

The biggest turnout was again at Falkirk. Kenny Gray, the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finished in 19:24 (4th overall). Lynsey Hay ran in 22:10 (6th female), Scott Hyslop in 22:23, Ian Boxall in 23:02, Ian Lockhart in 23:59, Roddy Simpson in 25:24, Louisa Cockburn in 26:05 and Isobel Lockhart in 28:36.

Elsewhere, William Millar ran Livingston in 20:10, and was 7th overall.

Frances and Alex Wood at Strathclyde.

Frances and Alex Wood at Strathclyde.

Weekly Update: Junior Club success at East District XC and parkrun results

On Saturday, Linlithgow AC was well represented across the age groups at the East District XC in Livingston, jointly hosted by Lothian RC and Livingston AC. Aberdeen AAC (Male) and Edinburgh AC (Female) took the overall team prizes.

First up in the U11 Girls race, Linlithgow was represented by Emma Mitchell who finished in 07:32, Isla Gordon in 09:07, Lucy Jack in 09:44 and Alish Malcolm also ran. James Hammond ran in the U13 boys, finishing in 12:35. Andrew McGill continued his recent top form, finishing 1st place in U15 Boys race in 13:42. A great effort by the Club’s young runners, some of whom were running their first cross country race, demonstrating great determination and sporting conduct.

In the Women’s race, the team placed 18th (Seniors) and 15th (Masters). Lorna Simpson was first home in 29:29, Mandy Cazes ran in 32:03 and Jill Horsburgh ran in 34:05.

In the final race of the day, the Mens team placed 19th (Seniors) and 17th (Masters). David Marshall was first home in 38:04, Paul Dudchenko in 40:21, Martin Maginnis in 40:47, Gerry McArdle in 42:19, Angus Gallie in 42:22, Scott Hyslop in 42:35 and Neil Anderson in 45:44.

Photo credit: Paul Dudchenko

At parkrun this week Linlithgow had 10 runners across 7 parkruns.

At Edinburgh, Michal Sroka, the fastest Linlithgow runner this week, finishing in 18:50. Scott Cumming also ran, and finished in 25:08.

Elsewhere, Kenny Gray ran Aviemore in 20:06. At Strathclyde, WIlliam Millar ran in 19:45. The biggest turnout was again at Falkirk where John Smith ran in 20:32, Roddy Simpson in 25:46 and Alex Wood in 27:28. At Ruchill, Ian Fyfe ran his 199th parkrun, in 21:23. At Kirkcaldy, Lynsey Hay ran in 23:15 and at Lanark Moor, David Main-Reade ran in 25:17.

Weekly Update: Great Stirling XCountry, Great Stirling Castle Run and parkrun

Great Stirling Cross Country Run and Great Stirling Castle Run

On Saturday, Stirling played host to the Great Stirling Cross Country and Great Stirling Castle runs for the first time.

Linlithgow had 4 runners taking part in the Great Stirling Castle run, taking on a multi-terrain course across paths, roads and trails. David Dalmau finished in 33:24, Moore McCartney ran in 33:28, Graeme Wilkinson in 39:40 and Bryan Grome in 45:08.

Also on Saturday, Andrew McGill finished 5th in Under-15 Inter District race at the Great Stirling Cross Country event, representing Scotland East. Andrew completed the 4km course in 13:54. The race was won by Lucas Cairns from the North in an impressive 13:29. The Scotland East team were 2nd overall, behind the West and ahead of the North.

On Sunday, continuing on the cross country theme, Siobhan Coleman ran the Borders Cross Country League (round 4) at Paxton House, finishing 4th female overall in 29:55. The course involved jumping a fence, 2 burn crossings and some hills for good measure.

parkrun - Plean, Falkirk, Strathclyde, Livingston, Markeaton, Drumchapel, Hasenheide and Hay Lodge

Another good turnout by Linlithgow runners at parkrun, with 17 runners across 8 different parkruns. At Plean, Lorna Simpson ran in 23:47 (4th female), Mandy Cazes ran in 25:59 and Jill Horsburgh ran 27:18

The fastest Linlithgow runner was William Millar at Strathclyde, finishing in 19:56.

The biggest Linlithgow contingent was again at Falkirk, where Kenny Gray was first home in 20:24. Neil Anderson ran in 22:23, Scott Hyslop in 22:25, Jennifer Newton (3rd Female overall) in 22:30, Ian Lockhart in 23:32, Roddy Simpson in 25:23, Isobel Lockhart in 28:27, Scott Cumming in 32:28.

Furthest from home was David Main-Reade who ran Hasenheide parkrun in Germany, finishing in 22:52.

Elsewhere, Malcolm Hughes ran Livingston in 21:40, Kathryn Holm ran Markeaton in 25:03, At Drumchapel, Ian Fyfe ran in 23:27. Graeme Wilkinson ran Hay Lodge in 22:58.

And finally…

Spare a thought this week for Beverley Dodgson who has her leg in brace and is resting up for the next 6 weeks. Get well soon, Beverley!

Weekly Update: A successful week at parkruns for LAC

It was a successful week at parkrun, where 19 Linlithgow AC runners were at 8 different parkruns on Saturday.

At Dunfermline, Lynsey Hay was first female overall finishing in 21:24.

Edinburgh parkrun saw a record turnout, and amongst the 800+ runners were 4 from the club, including Claire Rice who was running her first parkrun finishing in 24:18. Also at Edinburgh, Kathryn Holm ran in 23:28, Scott Cumming in 24:05 and Alison Marshall in 24:42.

The biggest turnout from the club was at Falkirk, where Kenny Gray ran in 21:54, Scott Hyslop in 22:26, Ian Boxall in 24:15, Roddy Simpson in 25:01, Mandy Cazes in 25:14 and Adam Ross in 26:38.

At Strathclyde, William Millar was the fastest Linlithgow runner, finishing in 19:35, Lorna Simpson ran in 21:46, Frances Wood in 23:17 and Alex Wood in 25:31.

Elsewhere, Neil Anderson ran Greenock in 20:18. David Main-Reade ran Troon in 22:32. At Leicester Victoria, Richard Wood ran in 19:44 and Graeme Wilkinson ran Loch Leven in 22:28.

Weekly Update: Parkrun, more Parkrun, Tillicoultry 10k and Portobello Promathon

The last Parkrun of 2018 and Tillicoultry 10k

On Saturday, there were 20 Linlithgow runners at the final Parkruns of the year. The biggest turnout was at Falkirk where Kenny Gray ran in 21:44, Colin Hutcheon in 22:05, Ian Boxall in 22:23, Jennifer Newton 22:34, Ian Lockhart in 23:35, Louisa Cockburn in 25:29, Roddy Simpson in 25:45 and Isobel Lockhart in 28:47. At Edinburgh, David Maine-Reade ran in 49:46. At Strathclyde, William Millar ran in 20:09, Frances Wood in 24:12, Mandy Cazes in 25:47 and Alex Wood in 27:32. Laura Finlay ran Ballymena, N. Ireland, in 25:08. Paul Emery ran Livingston in 21:26. Scott Cumming ran Springburn in 24:37, Lynsey Hay ran Dunfermline in 24:13, Neil Anderson ran Fort William in 22:24, Michael O’Hara ran Avondale Forest in 20:31 and Graeme Wilkinson ran Cotsford Fields in 23:20.

Also on Saturday, Mairi Watts ran the inaugural Tillicoultry 10k. A nice flat, out and back one along a cycle track for the most part. Mairi continued her strong running, finishing 5th female in 40:28.

New Year's Day Parkrun and Portobello Promathon

On New Year's Day 17 Linlithgow runners ran at 14 different Parkruns. Some took the opportunity to run at two different locations - Lorna Simpson, Malcolm Hughes and Ian Fyfe all ran Livingston and Portobello, Scott Cumming ran Loch Leven and Kirkcaldy, Kenny Gray ran Loch Leven and Perth, Jill Horsburgh ran Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Rising Sun and Graeme Wilkinson ran Pollock and Greenock. The biggest Club turnout was at Livingston with 8 Linlithgow runners amongst the 416 parkrunners. Fastest Linlithgow finisher was William Millar at Strathclyde Parkrun in 19:42. The furthest from home was Neil Anderson who ran Elgin in 21:05.

Also on New Year’s Day, Linlithgow had 4 runners at the Portobello Promathon. Jennifer Newton was 1st FV50. Frances Wood, Siobhan Coleman, running her first in Club colours and Alex Wood also ran. Official results still to be published.

Happy New Year!

Weekly update: Kirk Craigs Christmas Cracker, Festive Handicap and Parkrun

Linlithgow runners represented the Club at a number of festive running events in the last week.

Parkrun part 1

On Saturday, Linlithgow had 14 runners at Parkruns across the country. The biggest turnout was at Falkirk, where Kenny Gray ran in 22:17, Ian Boxall in 22:50, Lynsey Hay 23:25 and Roddy Simpson in 25:05. The fastest Linlithgow runner was at Edinburgh, where William Millar finished in 19:53, Malcolm Hughes ran in 22:11, Scott Cumming in 22:42. At Strathclyde Park, Frances Wood ran in 23:34 (1st VW60, 6th Female) and Alex Wood ran in 26:12 (Ist VM65). At Livingston, Lorna Simpson ran in 22:02. Ian Fyfe ran Victoria Park, Glasgow in 20:33. At Lyme Park, Stockport - one of the toughest Parkruns - Jill Horsburgh ran in 30:19. Richard Wood ran Victoria Park, Leicester in 20:16. David Maine-Reade ran Girvan Prom in 23:11 and Mandy Cazes ran at Hay Lodge, Peebles in 27:07.

Kirk Craigs Christmas Cracker

The festive running continued on Saturday with Paul Dudchenko taking on the Kirk Craigs Christmas Cracker, which had a record turnout with over 100 runners taking on the route in the Orchil Hills. Paul finished in 50:32.

Christmas Day Parkrun

Santa’s helpers were out in force with 18 Linlithgow runners taking on Christmas Day Parkruns. At Edinburgh, Charlotte Fortune ran in 20:03, Lorna Simpson in 22:09, Frances Wood in 23:53, Scott Cumming 24:13, Alex Wood in 25:37, Mandy Cazes in 26:56 and Carolyn Walker in 30:57. The fastest Linlithgow finisher was at Falkirk, where Kenny Gray ran in 19:43, Lynsey Hay ran in 20:53, Paul Emery in 21:46, Jennifer Newton in 22:20, Martin Maginnis in 22:41, Neil Anderson in 23:35 and Roddy Simpson in 25:31.  At Camperdown, Dundee, David Maine-Reade ran in 23:52. At St Andrews, Graeme Wilkinson ran 25:35. At Livingston, Jill Horsburgh ran in 24:52 and Ian Fyfe in 26:15.

Boxing Day Festive Handicap

On Boxing Day, 14 Linlithgow runners blew away the cobwebs at the annual Lothian Running Club Festive Handicap. Runners had the option of either 1 loop (7k) or 2 loops (14k) of Beecraigs Country Park with a dash up Cockleroy for good measure. In the 7k race, David Dalmau was first home in 32:53, Lynne McGill in 33:42, Angus Gallie in 34:24, Jennifer Newton in 36:27, Kathryn Holm in 38:23, Laura Finlay in 41:13, Roddy Simpson 41:19, Jill Horsburgh in 41:38, Gerry McArdle in 41:49 and Bryan Grome in 43:28. In the 14k, Kenny Gray ran in 01:07:07, Paul Dudchenko in 01:08:32, Ian Boxall in 01:08:34, Martin Maginnis in 01:10:23 and Ian Fyfe in 01:12:19.

And finally…

Don’t forget New Years Day is your chance to run not 1 but 2 Parkruns, an opportunity not to be missed, surely?

Weekly update: Trossachs Night Trail race, Parkrun, Festive challenges and a look ahead to 2019

We're fast approaching that most wonderful time of year... when, weather permitting, you get the rare opportunity to undertake back-to-back Parkruns, a perfect excuse to enjoy some turkey leftovers, right?

Trossachs Night Trail Race

On Wednesday, three Club members were among the 139 runners at the second Trossachs Night Trail race in Callander. The 5-mile route featured a good bit of ascent at the start, but a fast finish through the woods.  Paul Dudchenko finished in 40:01 (35th), David Mason was 44:01 (59th) and Bryan Grome was 58:06 (131st). 

Parkrun - Edinburgh, Livingston, Upton Court, St. Andrews, Lochore and Falkirk

Linlithgow AC had 14 runners at 6 Parkruns this weekend, with some impressive times despite the inclement weather. At Edinburgh: Malcolm Hughes in 21:51 (6th VM55-59); Frances Wood in 23:35 (1st FV60); David Maine-Reade in 23:48; Scott Cumming in 24:14; Mandy Cazes in 25:14; and Alex Wood in 27:33. At Falkirk: Ian Boxall ran in 23:21; Ian Lockhart in 24:10 (3rd VW55-59); Kenny Gray 24:14; and Isobel Lockhart in 29:18 (5th VW55-59). Ian Fyfe ran St. Andrews in 20:22; William Millar ran Livingston in 20:24; At Upton Court, Neil Anderson ran in 31:23 and Lynsey Hay ran Lochore in 22:50.

Looking ahead to 2019

2018 has been an incredibly active year for Linlithgow AC with members representing the Club at a range of events throughout the year. 2019 is shaping up to be another busy one with many members already registered for events:

January

Frances and Alex Wood will be running the Portobello Promathon on New Years Day. On the same day, David Maine-Reade will be taking on the Edinburgh Triathlon. Graeme Wilkinson will be taking on the Stirling Castle Run on the 12th January.

Devil's Burdens Relay on the 26th January - this race is not for the faint-hearted but great fun and a superb post-race feed. It’s also possible to run in road shows but not recommended. The route cuts across the Lomond Hills, in previous year the Club has been able to field two teams (six runners/team).  There are four legs to the relay, two of which are run solo, and two with pairs of runners. If you are are interested in running contact Paul Dudchenko by email or Facebook (messenger). We will try to form teams early in January. 

February

On the 3rd February, Graeme Wilkinson will be running the Cancer Research Winter Run in London. Later in the month, Linlithgow will be represented at the Devilla Forest 5k (various), Lossiemouth Half-Marathon (Martin Maginnis) and the Seville Marathon (Ian Boxall) on Sunday 17 February 2019.

And finally - festive challenges

Well done to everyone taking on the various festive running challenges - Marcothon, daily dashes and the like. The end is in sight when you can enjoy a well-earned mince pie.

Happy running!

Weekly update: JogScotland, Annual dinner and Prize-giving, AGM update and Parkrun

JogScotland

Linlithgow Athletic Club decided this year, as part of its engagement with the local community, to support new runners through training Jogleaders and establishing JogScotland groups. The groups, bannered as LetsGoLinlithgow, have aimed to support the move from couch to 5k. The first of these, led by Lorna Simpson, ran in the spring, and the second, co-led by Roddy Simpson and Alex Wood and supported by Angus Gallie and Neil Anderson, reached its finale on Saturday. Seventeen runners made the journey to a healthier lifestyle, with weekly sessions at the Peel. Ten of these new running enthusiasts took part in Saturday’s Falkirk Parkrun. Well done to all these runners, now all committed to, and enjoying, a healthier life-style.

Parkrun - Livingston, Linwood, Pollock, Strathclyde Park, Vogrie and Falkirk

Linlithgow AC had runners at six Parkruns across Scotland on Saturday. Michael Sroka ran Strathclyde Park in 19:02 (2nd VM40 and a new PB). William Millar finished Livingston in 20:58 (1st VM35). Ian Fyfe completed Pollok in Glasgow in 22:13 (1st VM60). David Main-Reade finished Linwood in 22:36 (3rd VM50). Scott Cumming ran Vogrie in 26:01. We had thirteen runners at Falkirk, with our team led home by Paul Dudchenko in 20:59 (2nd VM50), followed by Malcolm Hughes in 22:56, Lorna Simpson in 22:57 (2nd VW45), Ian Lockhart in 24:01, Frances Wood in 24:31 (1st VW60), Mandy Cazes in 25:25 (3rd SW30), Jill Horsburgh in 26:15 (1st VW55), Kenny Gray in 27:39, Isobel Lockhart in 29:32 plus Angus Gallie, Roddy Simpson, Alex Wood and Neil Anderson, supporting the Jogscotland runners.

Annual dinner and Prize-giving

Saturday evening was the Club’s annual dinner and prize-giving in the Four Marys. A great night and a chance to celebrate the hard work and achievements of club members in the past year.

John Redding and Lynsey Hay were crowned Club Champions, John retaining his title. Lorna Simpson won both the Athlete of the Year Shield and the President’s Prize for not only her coaching achievements but her contribution to the ongoing development of the club.

AGM update

At a well attended Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, Club President, Angus Gallie, reflected on a highly successful year in which membership had increased significantly, a record number of club members finished the Linlithgow 10k and the club’s coaching strength continued to expand.

Angus was re-elected President and Alison Marshall re-elected as Treasurer. Other officers elected included Alex Wood as Secretary, Neil Anderson as Membership Secretary and Martin Maginnis as Communications Officer.

Weekly update: 7 Reservoirs Half, Foxtrail 10k, Bob Stark Memorial 5k and Parkrun

It’s been another good week for Linlithgow Athletic Club.

Parkrun - Ormeau, Troon, Telford, Edinburgh and Falkirk

Fourteen club runners took part in parkruns across Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday morning.  Lynsey Hay ran Ormeau in Belfast in 20:44 and was 1st female runner home.  Neil Anderson completed Ormeau in 20:41 and was 3rd overall.  At Falkirk three of our four four runners were 1st in their age categories.  Michael O’Hara ran 20:32 (1st VM45), Ian Boxall, hot on his heels in 20:36 (1st VM50), Kenny Gray in 21:25 and Roddy Simpson in 24:47 (1st VM70).  David Main-Reade finished Telford in Shropshire in 22:27.  Ian Fyfe ran Hay Lodge in Peebles in 24:30 (2nd VM60).  Our biggest turnout this week was at Edinburgh.  Leading the Linlithgow pack there was William Millar in 20:30, followed by Ian Lockhart in 22:48, Frances Wood in 23:16 (1st FV60), Mandy Cazes in 23:47, Scott Cumming in 24:08, Alex Wood in 25:47 and Isobel Lockhart in 28:37.

Foxtrail series

Gary Welsh ran Race 2 of the Foxtrail 10k night run on Saturday in 48:12.  

7 Reservoirs Half-Marathon

Sunday saw a strong team of seven LAC runners compete in the 7 Reservoirs Half-Marathon in the Pentlands, a tough race but in a great setting.  John Redding finished an excellent overall 4th in 1:26:46.  Following John, Paul Dudchenko ran 1:40:53, Martin Maginnis 1:42:05, Mike Watts 1:49:46, Ian Fyfe 1:53:03 (2nd VM60), Jill Horsburgh 2:10:42 and Laura Finlay 2:14:31.

Bob Stark Memorial 5k

The Bob Stark Memorial 5k - a tough, hilly and muddy but beautiful course, finishing with a run through the orchard and up the main drive in the spectacular setting of Falkland Palace - saw Frances Wood, racing on back-to-back days for the first time in a long time, complete in 24:45 (2nd VF60) and Alex Wood in 27:56.

Coaching

Lorna Simpson completed her Athletics Coach assessment, passed and joins the Club’s coaching team.

Weekly Update: East District Cross-Country success, Club Championship update and Parkrun

East District Cross-Country

Linlithgow Athletic Club’s rising young star, Andrew McGill, had a superb run to win in the Under 15s Boys race at the East District Cross-country League meeting in Broxburn on Saturday. Andrew finished the 4k course in an excellent time of 14:16.

Three Linlithgow runners competed in the senior women’s 5.4k race with Lorna Simpson finishing in 27:34, Mandy Cazes (in her first run in a Linlithgow vest) in 30:26, and Jill Horsburgh in 30:46. In the senior men’s race John Redding completed the 8.1k in 31:25, Paul Dudchenko in 36:43, Angus Gallie in 39:25 and Colin Hutcheon in 41:22.

Parkrun - Eglinton, Edinburgh, Sprinburn, Plean and Falkirk

There were Linlithgow celebrations at Falkirk Parkrun where club members Bryan Grome and Louisa Cockburn both ran their 50th Parkrun. The Club runners’ times at Falkirk also included some superb runs. Martin Maginnis finished in 20:01 (1st VM35 and a new PB), Ian Boxall in 20:07 (a new PB), Neil Anderson in 21:08 (1st VM55), Kenny Gray in 22:59, Louisa Cockburn in 24:25 (2nd VW35), Alison Marshall in 24:41 (3rd VW35), Roddy Simpson in 24:52 (1st VM70), Darren Dick in 25:39, Bryan Grome in 26:02 and Alex Wood in 26:29 (3rd VM65).

Ian Fyfe, who is seeking to run all of Scotland’s park runs, ran Springburn in 20:45 (2nd VM60 and a top 10 finish). At Eglinton Parkrun, in Irvine, David Main-Reade finished in 23:10. Scott Cumming completed Edinburgh Parkrun in 23:57. Graeme Wilkinson ran Plean in 24:52 (2nd VM45).

Club Championship update

See the latest standings in the 2018 Club Championship. Winners will be announced at the annual awards do on the 8th December.

Weekly Update: RunThrough Half, UK Athletics coaching qualification, Club AGM, Championship update and Parkrun

RunThrough Half-marathon

Linlithgow Athletic Club’s Ali Malone ran a PB in the RunThrough half-marathon in Victoria Park, London, on Saturday, finishing in an excellent 1:40:34 and placing as 3rd VF35.

Parkrun - Montrose, Livingston, Edinburgh, Jamaica Pond and Falkirk

Club members hit parkruns from Montrose to Massachusetts as well as some closer to home.  At Livingston William Millar finished in 20:26 (1stVM35) and Alex Wood in 26:37 (1st VM65).  Scott Cumming ran Edinburgh in 23:42.  Jill Horsburgh continued her quest for 60 parkruns before hitting 60.  Running at Montrose, a very flat course mainly on the old aerodrome, she finished in 25:26 (1st WV 55).  David Main-Reade completed Jamaica Pond in Boston Massachusetts, in 22:50. 

There was another great turn-out and some great times at Falkirk parkrun which counts towards the Club championships.  John Redding finished in 17:33 (2nd VM35), David Marshall in 19:07 (3rd VM35), Ian Boxall in 20:33 (1st VM50), Paul Emery in 20:44 (3rd VM40), Paul Dudchenko in 20:50 (2nd VM50), Kenny Gray in 22:00, Roddy Simpson in 24:41 (1st VM70) and Mandy Cazes in 26:11 (3rd SW30).

UK Athletics coaching qualification for Frances Wood

After 18 months of online study, Frances Wood completed her UK Athletics Event Group Coach (Endurance) qualification on Saturday by attending an Integration Day with scottishathletics.  Sixteen athletics coaches from around Scotland shared their experiences, worked through technical and planning case studies and learning from the expertise of Robert Hawkins, father of Derek and Callum.  The Qualification provides a detailed body of knowledge around endurance events from 800m to marathon and is particularly useful for working with developing young athletes.  Frances is looking forward to applying what she has learned in coaching young people and adults in the Club.

Club AGM details

The Club’s AGM will take place at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday 11th December, in the Low Port Centre.  All members are urged to attend and a warm invitation is extended to anyone interested in joining the Club.

And finally...

Read the latest update on the 2018 Club Championship standings.

Ali Malone at the RunThrough Half in Victoria Park, London.

Ali Malone at the RunThrough Half in Victoria Park, London.

Weekly Update: Silver Medal Success at Short-Course Cross-Country, Night running, Jimmy Irvine 10k, and Parkrun

Linlithgow Athletic Club runners, especially our female athletes, had some great achievements in the past week.

Trossachs Night Trail Race

On Wednesday evening five of our athletes ran the 5.5 miles Trossachs Night Trail Race.  Paul Dudchenko finished in 40:29, Neil Anderson in 43:06, David Mason in 43:33, Ian Fyfe in 44:08, and Bryan Grome in 56:48.

Parkrun - Leicester, Edinburgh, Plean, Loch Leven, Lanhydrock, Peebles and Falkirk

As usual the biggest parkrun activity on Saturday was at Falkirk where our stars were Jennifer Newton who was overall 1st Female in 21:26, a new PB, and Lorna Simpson who was overall 3rd Female in 22:37.  Great runs were also recorded by our other eight runners, with Martin Maginnis running 20:34 (3rd SM30), Paul Dudchenko running 20:57 (1st VM50), Kenny Gray running 21:01 (2nd VM40), Angus Gallie running 21:18 (1st VM60), Malcolm Hughes running 21:48 (3rd VM55), Roddy Simpson running 24:59 (2nd VM70), Mandy Cazes running 25:50 and Alex Wood running 27:03 (3rd VM65).

Richard Wood completed Leicester Victoria in 19:11 (2nd VM45).  Ian Boxall was overall 2nd at Aviemore, in 20:10. At Edinburgh William Millar ran 19:54, Scott Cumming 24:34, and Louisa Cockburn 24:58.  David Main-Reade completed Loch Leven in 23:40. Scott Hyslop was at Lanhydrock, in Bodmin, where he finished in 24:10 (3rd VM50). Graeme Wilkinson Tail walked at Plean parkrun in 38:57. At Hay Lodge Peebles, Neil Anderson completed in 21:25 (1st VM55) and Jill Horbsurgh in 25:40 (2nd VW55), before they both headed to Lanark to run the Cross-Country.

Scottish Short-Course Cross-Country Championships

The Scottish Short-Course (4k) Cross-Country Championships were held at Lanark on Saturday afternoon and Linlithgow had three men and three women running. There was a major success for Frances Wood, our first female runner, who finished in 18:20 and took the silver medal in the F60 category.  She was followed by Jill Horsburgh who finished in 20:13 and Rosemary Gallagher in 20:58. David Marshall led in our men in 15:16, followed by David McNish in 15:54 and Neil Anderson in 16:20.

Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k

On Sunday Bryan Grome ran the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k, now on a different route (with even more hills!) in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 50:52.

 Kelpies Supernova 5k

We also had a strong turnout on Sunday at the Kelpies Supernova 5k, a flat but twisty course, with a slippery grass finish. It was a great fun race, with the Kelpies illuminated and every runner wearing a headtorch and fluorescent clothes. Jude Moir finished in 19:50, Kathryn Holm in 22:04, and Graeme Wilkinson in 22:14 (2nd M45).  Alison Marshall ran 23:09, (2ndVM35 and a PB!) Claire Rice finished in 23:32 and Karen Outram in 41:59.

And finally…

The date and venue for the Club AGM have been finalised. Be there or be elsewhere!

Time: 7:30pm
When: Tuesday 11th December
Where: Low Port Centre

Weekly Update: Glen Ogle 33, Foxtrail series, Edinburgh Men’s 10K and Parkrun

Linlithgow Athletic Club runners tackled several hard, challenging courses last week.  On Saturday, Marta Sroka ran the Glen Ogle 33, a 33-mile race in the Killin area.  This was Marta’s second attempt at the race and she managed to finish in 5:29:35, six minutes faster than last year despite the horrendous weather.

Foxtrail series 

Also on Saturday, Gary Welsh ran Race 1 of the Foxtrail race series, a 13K trail run in glorious East Lothian.  It was a windy day but great fun and Gary finished in 1:07:53.

Men’s Health 10k and Stirling’s Toughest

On Sunday John Redding and Malcolm Hughes ran the Edinburgh Men’s 10K, John finishing in 34:59 and Malcolm in 43:13. Ian Fyfe ran Stirling’s Toughest, 8.2K, twice round Stirling Castle, with a 400 foot climb on each lap, and finished in 45:24.

Parkrun - Leicester, Dundee, Peebles, Livingston, Perth, Strathclyde Park, Ayr and Falkirk

Linlithgow Athletic Club runners hit a wide range of parkruns this week.  Richard Wood finished Leicester Victoria in 19:03 (1st VM45).  After months out of running, Colin Hutcheon ran Camperdown Park, Dundee, in 22:19 (1st VM65).  At Hay Lodge, Peebles, David Main-Reade ran 23:29.  At Livingston, Charlotte Moran ran 24:02 (2nd SW25).  Mandy Cazes finished Perth in 24:28 (2nd SW30).  At Strathclyde Park, Graeme Wilkinson ran 22:16, Frances Wood ran 23:30 (1st VW60), and Alex Wood ran 25:48 (1st VM65).  Neil Anderson completed Ayr in 31:12.

We had an excellent total of ten runners at Falkirk parkrun, where the star performance was from Mairi Watts who was 1st Woman in 20:20.  Paul Dudchenko finished close behind Mairi in 20:46 (1st VM50), with  Martin Maginnis six seconds later in 20:52.  Ian Boxall ran 21:10 (2nd VM50), Jennifer Newton ran 22:00 (3rd Woman, 1st VW50 and another PB!), Darren Dick ran 24:00, Roddy Simpson ran 24:48 (2nd VM70), Louisa Cockburn ran 25:22 (2nd VW35), Scott Cumming ran 25:29 (New PB) and Jill Horsburgh ran 25:53 (2nd VW55).

And finally… Scottish Athletics - JogScotland Awards

Lorna Simpson attended Scottish Athletics/Jogscotland Awards, as one of the nominees for the Jog Leader of the Year award. 

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