Athletic club’s season ends

Linlithgow AC.   Matt Richardson receiving his award from Graeme Lawson
Linlithgow AC. Matt Richardson receiving his award from Graeme Lawson

Linlithgow AC celebrated the end of the 2013 season with some crazy winter races and the end-of-year prizegiving.

Members entered the ‘‘Blacker than Black Rock’’ challenge – an after dark run on a Fife beach with only a head torch and the lights on the Forth bridges for navigation.

With only a short section of dry sand, most of the race was in run in water that ranged from ankle deep to thigh deep, accompanied by underwater rock hazards and an incoming tide.

Darren Dick and Jennifer Newton survived the challenge and even appeared to have enjoyed the freezing occasion.

Not content with one crazy race, on Sunday Darren also took part in the Frostbite Trail race.

This was the second of a four-race series set in the beautiful surroundings of Falkland Estate. Darren finished a respectable 40th in a time of 26:53.

Saturday evening saw the Ssnior LAC members enjoy their Christmas party and annual prizegiving.

Winning the club monthly handicap series, and collecting the coveted mugs, were Andrew Fischbacher and Lynn McGill.

The club championship was introduced this year and saw club members compete at a range of road and hill races throughout the year.

Medals were presented to the top three male and female athletes with Charly Fortune and John Redding picking up the top prizes.

Also introduced this year was an ‘‘Athlete of the Year’’ award with senior members each sending in their nominations.

It was clear from the range of names submitted that the club has many things to be proud of this year but the trophy was awarded to Hilary Stocks to acknowledge the massive improvements she has made this year.

The president’s award recognises someone who works throughout the year giving significant personal commitment towards the ambitions of the club.

In 2013 Matt Richardson has led the club towards Scottish Athletics accreditation, represented the club on the Linlithgow Community Development Trust Kettilstoun initiative, was 10k race director, and coaches the junior club members and was deemed a well deserved winner.