CROWDS lined the streets on Sunday to see the return of the Linlithgow 10K to the town.
Last year the famous race was cancelled due to admin delays, grant cuts and extra costs but Linlithgow Athletics Club was delighted to reinstate it for 2012 and its 20th outing around the Royal Burgh.
Out of the 464 runners who took part, the 10K was won by Paul Sorrie (Shettleston Harriers) for the fifth time in 32 minutes and 50 seconds. The first lady and fourth overall, getting the biggest cheer from the spectators, was Fiona Matheson (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) in 36.22.
The first local man was Mark Johnston (Bellahouston Road Runners) who was third overall in 36.03. The second local man to cross the finish line was John Redding (Linlithgow AC) who was fifth overall in 36.35.
The first Linlithgow lady was Shonagh Brown in 43.14 and second was Lynne McGill (who joined Linltihgow AC after registering for the 10K) in 43.29.
The 1.2 mile junior fun run was a runaway success with winner Andrew Fischbacher (Linlithgow AC) and first girl Katie Marshall (Livingston and District AAC) leading the crowd of 158 children.
LAC race director Matt Richardson said: “LAC would like to thank the 75 volunteers and organisations that made it possible to stage the 20th running of the Linlithgow 10K and fun run, including the Rotary Club of Linlithgow Grange, Linlithgow Deacons Court, the 4th West Lothian Scouts, the Burgh Halls, Linlithgow Round Table, West Lothian Clarion, St. Ninian’s Craigmailen and St Michael’s RC churches, Historic Scotland, Mrs Moodie, Lothian and Borders police and West Lothian Council.
“We’d also like to thank competitors in both the 10K and the fun run, roughly 300 of whom were from Linlithgow. Finally special thanks must go to the people of Linlithgow who turned out in their hundreds to cheer on the competitors both along the course and at the finish area.”
Go to www.linlithgowgazette.co.uk for 10K and see district news for fun run results.