West Lothian run (Half Marathon)

24th May 2009

Three Harriers took part in the West Lothian half- marathon. One of the runners , Elaine Thompson submitted this report:

A new race for 2009 appeared on the Scottish Athletics fixture calendar, the West Lothian Run, a half marathon in Bathgate. With it being so close to home a few of us thought we would give it a go.

The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot. Although in saying that we were all sporting a nice FVH vest tan later on!

The starting point was Meadow Park in Bathgate. A warm up with music and instructor was provided prior to the start.

The route involved a loop round Meadow Park before heading east out of Bathgate and onto the cycle track network around Blackburn and back to finish at the park.

The majority of the race was on the cycle track, which meant it was a nice off road run. There were a couple of short but steep hills, but I quite enjoyed that. There was roughly 140 runners so if you like a quiet scenic race like I do, this is race is for you.

However, there were a couple of unmarked points on the route were it wasn’t clear which way to go and law of averages and all that, yes some people went the wrong way and got lost!

I do believe Alastair had a nice tour of bits of Bathgate none of us have seen before, and had several chats with strangers and other lost runners to work out how to get back to the finish. The organisers did say they were hoping to extend this race to the full marathon distance. I think Alastair thought he would just test out some extra miles on the route for them!

Even with Alastair’s tour of Bathgate we were all finished in front of the local Livingston MSP Angela Constance. I wonder if she got lost too!

Hopefully this race will be back next year, with the route clearly marked at all points as it was a good run and with a few small improvements could easily be a great race.

If its on next year I think two of us will definitely be there.

The complete set of results can be found here

The results are listed here:

Gun Time
D&DAA Time *
Elaine Thomson
8th female
Christine Eadie
9th female
Alastair McCallum

* Distance & Direction Asking Adjusted Time