The cross-country season is now underway, with the first East of Scotland league competition taking place at Stirling University on Saturday, October 19.
Unfortunately the clash with school holidays resulted in a low turn-out from Linlithgow AC, at what turned out to be a very competitive event.
Several wet days at the end of last week ensured there were plenty of muddy sections to run through, and the heavy downpour of rain throughout Saturday meant that runners were guaranteed to get wet and muddy – all part of the cross country experience.
Races take place over a couple of hours, with each age category running different distances over an undulating course.
The under 11s run 1.6km, and in the boys race Eoin Richardson finished 17th in a time of 6:16, followed by Jamie Lumsden in 31st position with a time of 6:35.
In the under 13s girls race, run over 2.8km, Sarah Moody was 55th with a time of 20:09.
The senior women race over a distance of 6km. Hilary Stocks was 75th in a time of 28:24, with Jennifer Newton 95th in 31:05.
Finally, the senior men run for 9km, and John Redding was first back for the club in a time of 34:47 to finish 75th, followed by Kenny Leamy 161st in 38:54 and Darren Dick 223rd in 43:44.
The alternative option on Saturday was parkrun. Edinburgh parkrun was celebrating it’s fourth birthday, and Frances Wood set a new PB of 21:21 to finish as 14th female (and first in her age category).
Meanwhile at Falkirk parkrun, Malcolm Hughes finished ninth with a new PB of 20:23, closely followed by Gerry McArdle in 11th position with a new PB of 20:37.