Summer is here, and the week featured two very different races for members of the Linlithgow Athletic Club: The Black Rock 5 and the Isle of Skye half marathon.
The Black Rock 5 is an out-and-back race across the tidal sands and ankle deep water to the black rock and then back to Kinghorn, Fife. It’s a popular race and the 1100 entries were taken within 2.5 hours of the online registration.
First home from Linlithgow was Doug Robertson (77: 28:50) followed by Angus Gallie (93: 29:21), Gerry McArdle (110: 29:52), David Marshall (113: 29:57), Darren Dick (190: 31:43), Donald Stark (201: 31:49 (personal best), Hillary Stocks (325, 46 female: 34:10) and Jill Horsburgh (517, 115 female: 38:09).
On Skye, runners were led to the start by a piper for a hilly half marathon. Charlotte Fortune was the first Linlithgow runner home and second female overall in 1:30:27.
She was followed by Scott Hylsop (50: 1:32:45), Brian Couper (110: 1:42:26), Mark Pullan (114: 1:42:56), Darren Dick (146: 1:46:34), Bryan Grome (169: 1:49:19), Jennifer Newton (203: 1:52:27) and Shirley Hyslop (362: 2:11.47). Charlotte, Jennifer and Shirley reached the podium as the third placed ladies team for the race!
On the parkrun circuit, Hillary Stocks was the second lady home at Strathclyde in a time of 22:05, a new personal best for this course.
In the hills, David Mason was 24th (out of 71 runners) in the short, steep, Ben Sheann hill race. The route starts with a steep climb up a walking track and then passes through a dense pine forest without a path to the open summit before descending to the start.
In a strong field, David was the eighth in the male veteran 40 category.