Athletics report

THE Highland Fling is not just a dance - it’s a 53 mile ultra-marathon where competitors race along the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Tyndrum.

With around 4000ft of ascent over a mix of roads, drove roads and tracks of varying conditions, this is a tough physical and mental challenge that requires months of preparation.

Although there were 593 individual entrants, significantly fewer completed the course. Congratulations to the three Linlithgow AC members who successfully completed the race last Saturday. First home for the club was Johan Meintjies who was 202nd in a time of 11 hours 43 minutes. Malcolm Hughes finished in 229th position with a time of 11 hours 57 minutes, and Graeme Lawson was 305th in 12 hours 59 minutes.

*Grangemouth stadium hosted the Forth Valley League meeting on Saturday, with a number of the LAC junior athletes participating. There were some awesome performances, a lot of PBs and even a 200m sprint heat win for Lewis O’Connor. Well done to all who took part. The full results will be posted on the LAC website once they are available.

*The rescheduled Easter Fun Run took place at Beecraigs Country Park last Sunday. The weather was slightly better than the snow that had forced the earlier postponement, and over 130 people turned up to take part in the 2k fun run, followed by the 5k and 10k races. In the 10k race, Tracy Ganner finished 21st with a time of 59:03. In the 5k race, Paul Dudchenko finished 2nd with a time of 22:02 and Matt Richardson finished 4th with a time of 23:37. In the 2k fun run, Eoin Richardson (9) finished 3rd in a time of 7:24, Jamie Lumsden(9) finished 7th in a time of 7:53 and Molly Ganner(9) finished 18th with a time of 9:16.

*The Balfron 10k is a scenic race along an undulating country road, and is consistently ranked as one of the top ten 10k races in the country. Trying it out for the first time on Sunday, Hilary Stocks finished 285th in a time of 52:14, from a field of 600 entrants.

Meanwhile, at the Edinburgh parkrun on Saturday Darren Dick finished 152nd with a new PB of 23:00, Hilary Stocks was 23rd Female with a new PB of 23:45, Alison Marshall was 56th Female in 25:45, and David Marshall was 259th with a time of 25:46.

By Hilary Stocks