Ready, set, Linlithgow

10k race, start line Linlithgow High Street, finish line Linlithgow Palace Peel.
10k race, start line Linlithgow High Street, finish line Linlithgow Palace Peel.

Athletes from far and wide competed in the 23rd annual Linlithgow 10k held in Royal Burgh last Sunday.

Over 580 athletes flocked to the town to experience one of the most historic and scenic routes available and push themselves to go the distance.

The athletes were led to the start line where Provost Jim Carlin was waiting, klaxon in hand.

Race director Graeme Lawson said: “The town was buzzing with excitement, the crowd was great.”

Paul Sorrie looked to continue his seven year long dominance of the event, however, struggling from a back injury, he managed third with a time of 32m 57s.

Alastair Hay finished first with a time of 31m 32s, with Patryk Gierjatowicz behind him in second, finishing after 32m 15s.

The women’s race was dominated by ladies in the masters category. Karen Kennedy took the gold with a time of 40m 19s. Linlithgow Athletic Club’s own Lynne McGill claimed second place with Christine MacVarish completing the podium with times of 41m 23s and 41m 30s respectively.

A large crowd eagerly awaited runners at the finish line, cheering them down the final stages of the race.

Linlithgow Athletic Club organised the event which took runners through the most historic areas of the town.

The junior race also took place. Lots of youngsters ran the 1.9k course. Lewis Pentecost beat his brother Harris by six seconds. In the girls event, Olivia Vareille took the win.