Race Review 14-16th June

Kirkintilloch 10k, 14th June

4 Harriers headed through to Kirkintilloch for this year’s Kirkintilloch Olympians 10k last Thursday. The runners faced a tough task with the tail of ‘Storm Hector’ for a good portion of the race. Nevertheless, Mick McLoone was able to get home as first v50 in 36.17. Andy McCall tried his hand at the flat racing and had a good run of 37.22 considering the conditions. Danny McLaughlin just missed out on the sub 40 mark with a run of 40.22 and Viki Smith came home in 52.27.

Results: Mick McLoone 36.17, Andy McCall 37.22, Danny McLaughlin 40.22, Viki Smith 52.27

Brian Goodwin 10k, 15th June

A good contingent of Glenparkers headed for Pollock Park last Friday night for Bellahouston Harriers annual Brian Goodwin 10k. Runners are always tempted in with the yearly promise of a fast flat 10k course, followed by a free beer and burger! This year was no different, with a field just shy of 500 selling the event out.

Some night’s you get perfect running conditions ad Friday was one of them. There was very little wind and mild temperatures saw the top nine finishers all under 33 minutes. The stand-out might just have been Giffnock’s Luke Traynor. His winning time of 28.31 was good enough for 3rd on the all time fastest Scottish 10ks!


Daniel Doherty was the first harrier home. Daniel’s return to racing was a strong one, with plenty of good signs for the summer ahead. Club Champion Marian Monk was first lady home in 46.23 followed by Fiona MacFarlane in 48.19. It was good to see both of them back out racing.

The only PB of the night came from Stephen Hanley, his first at a 10k since Dumbarton in 2016. The pb of 39.14 was very unexpected, given an injury ravaged start to 2018. Unfortunately, his moment of glory at the finish line was spoiled by shoddy camerawork…


David Ness made a return to races with his run of 44.48. Kevin Gill had a great run on the night, but once again advertised the need to upgrade to the newer harriers running vests!

Results: Daniel Doherty 36.15, Stephen Hanley 39.14, George McCallum 41.48, David Ness 44.48, Marian Monk 46.23, Kevin Gill 46.40, Fiona MacFarlane 48.19

Glencoe ‘Half’ Marathon

Paul Monaghan made a last minute decision to pack his trails and head for the Highlands on Saturday for the Glencoe Half Marathon. Well, half and a bit. Paul is always one Harrier who goes the extra mile. This time quite literally, with the run measuring 14.25 miles.

Paul came off of the Devil’s Staircase in 3rd position, not able to maintain the pace with the leaders on the descent. However, the flat finish worked to his advantage and he was able to race through and take the victory. A great effort from Paul, Well done!


Cornalees Hill Race

Saturday 23rd June 2018 GGH Cornalees Hill Race – Club Championship
For ALL Juniors (½ mile uphill race) & Seniors (5mile race).
Race starts at Woodstock Road, Fancy Farm. Register at Orangefield clubhouse by 1.15pm.
Junior race starts at 1.45pm , Seniors 2.00pm. Latecomers can register at  the start.



Harriers celebrate Year Of Young People

GGH Specsavers Junior T&F Championships 2018 – Sunday 17th June Ravenscraig Stadium


To mark the Year of Young People Greenock Glenpark Harriers held a junior athletics championship at Ravenscraig Stadium. Not only did the junior athletes participate – many of them helped to plan and organise the successful event too. They were involved in everything from devising the timetable of events to promoting it, and they did a fantastic job with 44 youngsters taking part, many in their very first T&F competition.

The youngest athletes taking part were the under 9s, who were every bit as competitive as their older club mates. Leo Beaton was dominant on the track winning at 100m, 300m and 600m with Patrick McCabe and Cameron Crawford taking the final podium places. But in the Long Jump Patrick struck gold from Cameron, with Oliver Jones claiming 3rd.  Aimee McEleny was a whirlwind on the track winning all 4 of her events with Stella McCabe and Orla Trainer providing her with stiff competition.

The under 11 girls was the most competitive category with 7 different medallists over the 4 events, Sophie McLaughlan and Maria McCabe were strongest over the longer distances, Sky Arthur in the sprints and Charlotte Jones in the long jump.

The Under 11 boys competed well with David Docherty doing the double by winning the Long Jump and 100m, Douglas Campbell prevailed in the 300m and Euan Johnson showed his strength in the endurance race by taking the 600m title.

The titles for the under 13 girls were shared between Ruby McGill, Katie Johnson and Ava Beaton, with Francesca McKay claiming a double bronze. Aidan McElwee and Ethan Cooper were in fierce competition throughout the day, with Aidan successful with 3 titles to Ethan’s win in the 100m. Jamie Gallagher was pleased with his collection of 4 bronzes.

In the Under 15s Abbie Tosh was top girl in the 800 and 300, Alyshia Singleston was quickest in the sprint, whilst Mhairi Moore out-leapt her rivals in the long Jump. Harry McGill had a clean sweep with Ewan Ferguson putting up a strong challenge making him work for his wins.

U17 Beth McKenna made a welcome comeback after a frustrating 12months out through injury, and she was impressive over 100 and 300metres. Another returning after injury was Dunoon athlete Alan Mollins, who renewed his rivalry with Ryan Brown. Alan just edged the track events whilst Ryan claimed the Long Jump title.

Thanks to the large contingent of volunteers who made the event run smoothly. All the Inverclyde Leisure staff and management for their assistance and support and to Jonathan Dry from competition sponsors Specsavers who came along and presented medals to the winning athletes, .

Full Results Results-GGH T&F Championship2018


GGH Specsavers Junior T&F Championships

Sunday 17th June – 12pm to 3pm

A big day for our young athletes with most competing in their first ever club Track & Field  championships at Ravenscraig Stadium, with some exciting races to look forward to

Entry for spectators is free.

Please arrive by 12pm, competition gets underway at 12.15pm.

Young athletes bring along something to eat & drink to keep your energy up. Remember to wear your club vest/t-shirt – if you have one. Club kit will be available for sale on the day


Race Review 1st – 10th June

GAA Miler Meet, 1st June 2018

Chris Mooney and Stephen Trainer took to the track a week past on Friday. Both seniors were taking part in the 3000m heats at Scotstoun Sports Centre in Glasgow. Stephen got round in 8.55 in his heat, just behind Inverclyde Athletic’s John Bell. It was a stacked heat with the likes of Lachlan Oates not making the top 3. Chris’s PB of 9.23 was enough to make it into the top 10 in a much tighter heat, with that time only 16 seconds off of 1st place.

The standard is high in these top heats at the Miler Meets, but there are plenty of opportunities throughout the night for Harriers to test themselves on the track. The next meet in late July has already attracted a good number of entries from Harriers wanting t test themselves at 1500m or 5000m.

3000m: Stephen Trainer 8.55, Chris Mooney 9.23

Vale of Leven 10k, 2nd June 2018

It was a day of success for the Harriers who made the trip to Balloch for the Vale of Leven 10k. In brutally tough conditions, the Harriers dug in on the day and were rewarded with a host of prizes. Mick McLoone was first v50 in a time of  36.43 which was also good for 8th overall. Just ahead of him were Andrew White (1st v40, 4th overall) and Paul Monaghan (2nd v40, 5th overall). Unsurprisingly, that trio was more than good enough to romp home with the team prize on the day, and a chance for a photo with Lachie Stewart.


Not to be outdone, The Glenpark ladies also secured the team prize. Terry Wall, Claire Monaghan and Heather Kangley were the winners on the day, with Claire also being first in her age category! A great day, for the teams in sky blue, especially for the Monaghan family.


Results: Andrew White 35.31, Paul Monaghan 35.57, Michael McLoone 36.43, George McCallum 43.24, Claire Monaghan 48.38, Terri Wall 53.26, Heather Kangley 53.26

Milngavie Trail Race, 3rd June 2018

The Milngavie 8.5m trail race was on last Sunday with several Harriers taking part. It was a warm, muggy day with lots of midges enroute! All of the runners took great joy in finishing, earning themselves a medal, beer and as much cake as you could care to eat!


Results: Sue Hewitson 69.39, Lorna Coyle 75.15, Kevin Gill 76.03,  Terri Wall 83.38, Yvonne Prager 89.20, Silke Loendorf 90.35, James Campbell 92.52

Alloa Half Marathon

The re-arranged Alloa half Marathon took place on Sunday 3rd June in much better weather than the original planned date. Sadly, the rearranged date meant that only 2 harriers managed to make it through. It was worth the hassle for Marianne McKay who smashed her pb with a great time of 1.47.23 (well under her 1.50 target). Ashley Anderson got well under the 2 hour mark with 1.54.26. Alloa is a reasonably tough half marathon, and the warm weather in June would have made it a much tougher shift than previous years.

Glasgow Woman’s 10k

The ever popular Glasgow woman’s 10k was ran through the west end of the city on Sunday, with a great turnout from the Harriers. It was a scortching day and the scenic route through Kelvingrove Park and down past Glasgow Harbour would have been looking at it’s best. The first Harrier back was Lorna Coyle narrowly ahead of Donna Clark with Nicola Stevenson in third. It was the first time a number of the ladies had taken to the 10k distance, including Claire Melville. There was also a PB on the day for Sarah Aitken.


The day was well publicised in the local and national media, with Nicola Stevenson managing t get herself on the front page of Glasgow’s Evening times on Monday.


Results: Lorna Coyle 46.04, Donna Clark 46.31, Nicola Stevenson 48.08, Terri Wall 50.06, Heather Kangley 54.09, Eileen Stevenson 56.18, Gill Gilmour 57.57, Sarah Aitken 60.08 (PB), Charlotte McKay 63.08, Claire Melville 63.36, Wenda Crawford 63.39, Emma Benstead 67.07

Bishopton 10k

The Bishopton 10 (and a bit) k was on Sunday 10th June, with a few harriers tempted to make the short trip up the water (perhaps at the promise of a Great British Breakfast). Marianne McKay, Fiona MacFarlane and Jim Cuffe ran in the event, for which I can’t find any results!



Strathearn Marathon

Fiona Cushnaghan and Viki Smith competed in last Sunday’s Strathearn marathon near Crieff. Fiona describes it as:

Viki Smith and l travelled to Crieff on Sunday to do the Strathearn marathon, it starts at Cultybraggan campsite which was an old prisoner of war camp, there are only about 200 runners…it was very hilly and very hot.

8 wks ago l did Brighton, this one was my 21st.
7 wks ago Viki did Blackpool and today was her 3rd marathon…both of us have had a few injuries and training was not the best, today was more of a training run for the Blades ultra in July.

Everyone was very friendly and the stewards en route were amazing.

Viki 4.37
Fiona 4.54