Last week there was another flourish of PBs at parkrun, including a podium first, some multi-sport success plus a spot of team bonding in the hills for Linlithgow AC.
First event of the week was the Gartmorn Dam Novice Duathlon which was held on Tuesday 27th August. This type of event is sometimes known as run-bike-run which perhaps better describes the activity itself. The distances can vary for running and cycling legs and competitors for this particular off-road race would first run 2.5km before getting on their mountain bikes for the next 5km then finishing with a 1.7km run. Competing on the club colours was Scott Hyslop who not only managed 5th place overall but more impressively was 2nd in his age group.
Falkirk parkrun proved to be highly successful again for LAC, with three of the men finishing in the top ten. Not to be outdone however, an exhilarated Hilary Stocks achieved her first ever podium place, taking the 2nd female spot with yet another PB. Full round-up of LAC runners: 3rd Andrew Fischbacher 18:00; 4th Colin McCluskie 18:01; 8th Angus Gallie 19:32 PB; 37th Darren Dick 22:44 PB; 40th (2nd F) Hilary Stocks 22:54 PB; 109th (22nd F) Louisa Cockburn 27:39.
Teamwork was the name of the game on Sunday for five athletes who competed as one in the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay. A couple of the team were new to the navigational challenges that often accompany hill events and their concerns about following the route led to the team competing under the name of Lost Linlithgow! As it happened, despite some wet and windy conditions, no-one lost their way and the team of John Redding, Scott Hyslop, Gerry McArdle, Paul Dudchenko and Malcolm Hughes produced a creditable performance, finishing in 17th place in a time of 4:12:28.
Also on Sunday was the Haddington Sprint Triathlon. The event was based at the Aubigny Sports Centre where competitors would start off with a 750m (30 lengths) swim before heading out into a windy countryside for a 19km cycle before finishing with a 5km run. Ian Logan led the event from start to finish with impressive splits of 9:36 (swim), 32:35 (cycle) and 18:41 (run) for a total 1:01:36, finishing over 5 minutes ahead of the rest of the field.
By Graeme Lawson