Going separate ways

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There was another split in the Linlithgow AC ranks on Wednesday, June 26, as runners headed off in different directions for races that were very much opposite ends of the spectrum.

The first group to toe the line had headed east for the Self-Transcendence 1 Mile race in Edinburgh. This event is part of a series of short races held throughout the summer on flat, speedy courses in the Meadows. Charly Fortune continued her run of great form, smashing her PB to take 4th female place in a time of 5:33. Mark Pullan, in his first ever timed mile, finished in a credible 6:07 for 57th place overall.

As the milers were finishing, those who had headed north to Tillicoultry were preparing themselves to take on a quite different course in a race known as The Law Breaker. “The Law” in this case is a hill that towers over the town and the simple objective is to get to the top and back down as fast as possible, which is no mean feat over some rough terrain with an average gradient of 1:4 and a total ascent of 663 metres. David Mason was the first runner from the club to make it back down the hill, having covered the 5.4 kilometre distance in 49:09 for 32nd place. Scott Hyslop was 42nd in 52:04 and Graeme Lawson 64th in 61:02.

Moving forward to the weekend the Club engaged in a spot of parkrun tourism. Two of the runners chose to take on the course, including the affectionately named Heartbreak Hill, at Falkirk parkrun in a busy Callendar Park as the event shared the park with Mr Bloom from CBeebies. This clearly did not put junior Andrew Fischbacher off his stride as he again demonstrated his blossoming running abilities with a third PB in his last four outings at Falkirk, taking 6th place in 18:03. Malcolm Hughes took 20th place in 20:51.

Meanwhile, across at Edinburgh parkrun, the unstoppable Charly Fortune was 3rd lady home in a time of 19:01. This was just 2 seconds outside her PB and completed a successful week for a runner at the peak of her form.

Gerry McArdle opted for Aberdeen parkrun for his latest assault on his 5k PB. Gerry has only been with the club for a few months but his recent stats clearly illustrate the benefit of regular training sessions. Saturday’s time of 20:09 to take 14th place delighted an athlete who states he is more positive than ever about his running.

It was more hills for Lisa Gamble at the weekend as she opted for two races in two days over a combined distance of 64km and with a total 3640 metres of climb. Lisa spent her Saturday running over four hills each with an elevation of at least 900 metres and across a distance of 25km. The effort turned out to be well worth it as her time of 4:46:43 brought her home as second lady, and in 16th place overall. On Sunday, Lisa moved on to the Lairig Ghru, a 42.7km race along one of the mountain passes through the Cairngorms from Braemar to Aviemore. On tired legs from the day before, the objective was merely to finish the race, which she duly did in a time of 4:59:50.