Linlithgow athletics

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As often happens, the running weekend for many starts at a parkrun and last Saturday morning, Linlithgow Athletics Club was represented at three of the events.

Charly Fortune appears to be working her way around the UK trying to impress some form of parkrun dominance, with Glasgow being her run of choice this weekend. In the past year, Charly has been first lady at Edinburgh, Falkirk, Barrow and with her time of 19:58 this week has just added Glasgow to that impressive list.

Running at Falkirk parkrun this week were Scott Hyslop who took 15th place with his time of 20:45, shortly followed by Kenny Leamy at 21:05 for 21st place, a good time for his first ever parkrun. Hilary Stocks completed her run in 23:19 to finish as 6th female with Louisa Cockburn understandably last of the Linlithgow quartet, running with an obviously pregnant ‘bump’ in 30:45.

Over in Edinburgh, Johan Meintjies first run at the event earned him 59th place with a time of 20:38. Mark Pullan 
also ran and his time of 21:10 
secured him 86th position.

The inclement weather on Sunday had a significant role to play in races as Linlithgow AC athletes again departed to different parts of the nation.

Frances Wood chose to compete in the 10k at the Jedburgh Running Festival, arriving to pouring rain and heavy winds. Fortunately the rain stopped in time for the start of the race, however the wind retained it’s strength providing an extra challenge in the second half. For anyone that knows the event there is a challenging hill in that half, which did not deter Frances as she raced to a time of 46:24 which meant she was not only first V55, but that she also beat all the V45 ladies too.

Paul Dudchenko headed north to Alva for the Run of the Mill hill race, which must be a complete misnomer given it entails 850 metres of climb in a 14.5 km race and with a route traversing some of the Ochil hilltops, including the mighty Ben Cleuch and is definitely not one for the feint-hearted. Paul had to contend with far more adverse conditions as he ran up over the cloud level, with gale force winds and rain. Starting in his LAC vest, he was to finish in his rain jacket in a time of 1:38:13 for 87th place.