LINLITHGOW AC and Lothian Running Club were well represented in the senior races at the Scottish Athletics National Cross Country Championships last weekend.
At Falkirk’s Callendar Park, John Redding was the first Linlithgow runner home in 127th place, followed by David Marshall, Angus Gallie and Paul Dudchenko. Lisa Gamble was the leading Linlithgow female in 40th place. Following her over the finish line were Lynne McGill, Karen Duncan and Jennifer Newton, and with four counting towards the female team competition, Linlithgow finished in 20th place.
Gregor McAdam started the day in the under 15 boys with a beautifully paced run in his first appearance in the race. Gregor just about left enough in the tank for a sprint finish and covered the 4km course in just over 20 minutes.
The Lothian club’s performance of the day came from their sole entrant in the age-group category, with Max McNeil finishing in 8th place in a high quality field of 55 runners in the under-20 Men’s race. Max covered the undulating 8000 metre course in 27m 35s and becomes the club’s highest ever placed finisher at male under-20 level.
The club ladies once again competed well to finish in 7th place in the team competition, this was also the highest ever finish by the ladies team. They were led home by Edel Mooney in 9th place, Edel who was recently crowned the Scottish Masters champion was once again the leading veteran in the race. Next to complete for the Lothian club was Sarah Inglis, the club’s female captain was competing at the event for the 11th successive year, during which time she won three bronze and two silver medals in different age category’s. On this occasion Sarah finished in 22nd place, crossing the finish line in unison were Lynne Murray and Christine MacVarish, both were given the same time of 36m 48s with Lynne getting the nod for 114th place and Christine 115th. Saran Jones who was making her fourth appearance for the club in the race finished in 151st place. A total of 214 runners completed.
There was a huge field of 496 finishers in the senior men’s race, the Lothian representation was made up mainly of veteran athletes, with first to complete in 86th position Colin Partridge, the first six runners from a club count towards the team competition so with Graeme Ackland, Stephen Malcolm, David Eades, Scott Nelson and Alan Moffat following Colin over the finish line they placed 25th team. Jim Alexander and Kenny Mearns completed the club’s representation in the race.
The weekends’ results were rounded off with two fine performances at the Devilla 15km on Sunday by Linlithgow’s Mark Pullan (1:12:51) and Hilary Stocks (1:26:32).