Wilson Trophy Races 16th Dec

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Saturday 16th Dec 2017 – Wilson Trophy Races.

ALL Juniors – 12pm Murdieston Dam

The 3rd race in the club championship. 2 laps of the path around Murdieston Dam. It is a handicap race with the slower runners starting first, and the quicker runners setting off in intervals to try and catch them. First back wins the race. Everyone has a chance of winning. Register at the Clubhouse (across from the Orangefield Café) between 11 and 11.30.

ALL Seniors – 2pm start on the Trails above the Greenock Cut.

4.5 mile conceding handicap trail race. Register in the clubhouse by 1.15pm.


West District XC, Irvine Racecourse, 9.12.17

A firm and fast cross country course awaited the Harriers in Irvine for this year’s West District Cross Country Championships. The former racecourse provided a flat route for the runners on a crisp winter’s day.


Off the back of bronze medal success at the Renfrewshire Cross Country two week’s ago, the senior men targeted another successful day at the West District. With Stephen Trainer and Mick McLoone added to the ranks, the top 6 counters were able to take home 4th place overall on the 10k route. Stephen led the way in 11th overall position, narrowly missing out o a top 10 in a 4 way battle for the line which also included Inverclyde’s John Bell. Shaun Lyon was second home for the club, narrowly edging out Chris Mooney who continued his impressive comeback with his fastest 10k time of the season. Steven Campbell (5th v40), Andrew White and Mick McLoone made up the remaining counters with strong runs of their own. The later three runners made up the three counters for the masters team race, and finished in third place. The team narrowly missed out on second by only one position! However, with his run of 36.59, Mick McLoone finished second v50 on the day.


Elsewhere in the mens race, Captain John Stevenson was able to dip under the 40 minute mark. Derrick MacNish had  a strong run in his first cross country race for the club. Frank McMahon was 3rd in his age category.


The ladies were very well represented on the day with 9 runners taking to the 4 mile course. The Christmas party season certainly didn’t stop our hardy Harriers from putting their sore heads to one side and getting on that club vest for a bit of XC!


Ladies Captain Marian Monk lead by example and was first home for the club. Second was Suzanne Coyle who was very closely followed by Nicola Stevenson. Nicola is continuing to improve as the season goes on, and this was a really great run from her! The ladies masters team was 6th overall with Marian Monk, Lorna Coyle and Marianne McKay making up the three counters. Lorna Coyle was 3rd v55, starting to show signs of the form that got her a Scotland vest last year.

There were 4 junior runners who finished their races on the day. It was a tough shift for the Glenpark youngsters on a bitter cold day. Don’t forget the Junior cross country league is continuing right up until the Nationals in February. Keep and eye on the Facebook and website for more information.

Woman: Marian Monk 30.04, Suzanne Coyle 31.58, Nicola Stevenson 32.07, Lorna Coyle 32.27, Marianne McKay 34.10, Cheryl Thomas 34.54, Ashley Anderson 35.39, Eileen Stevenson 38.01, Nathalie Smith 40.32
Men: Stephen Trainer 33.29, Shaun Lyon 35.21, Chris Mooney 35.24, Steven Campbell 36.14, Andrew White 36.36, Mick McLoone 36.59, John Stevenson 39.50, Sean Marshall 41.04, Robert Dolan 41.43, Derrick MacNish 42.52, Frank McMahon 49.17

U13 Boys: Jude Dolan 13.47, Cameron Patton 13.47
U15 Boys: Harry McGill 15.22, Ewan Ferguson 15.44


Renfrewshire Cross Country 25.11.17

Renfrewshire Cross Country, Tower Hill, 25.11.17


Greenock Glenpark Harriers hosted this year’s Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships at Tower Hill in Gourock. It was a real team effort from the club to get the course ready for the day, with challenging icy conditions meeting the early morning set up crew! However,come early afternoon the one mile loop around the Tower was in perfect cross country conditions.


The ladies course involved 3 laps to total 3.3 miles and it was a very successful race for our own Harriers. Marian Monk, Suzi Coyle and Lynsey Mooney took home the bronze medal in the ladies race, with Marian Monk’s run earning her an individual bronze in the v40 race and 8th place overall! A great team effort and just reward for the ever enthusiastic Captain Monk. Bellahouston Road Runners took the team gold for the ladies race with 3 of the first 4 runners, and their own Catriona MacDonald taking first place overall.

The men were challenged with 5 laps of the Tower totaling 5.5 miles. The highlight of the day for the men was seeing former club champion Steven Campbell take home the gold medal in the v40 category. Steven was also part of the Glenpark senior men’s team that clinched a bronze medal. They were narrowly pushed into that bronze medal position by only 2 places, with Shaun Lyon, Chris Mooney, Andrew McCall, Daniel Doherty and Andrew White making up the six counters. Shaun Lyon was 5th overall and Chris Mooney also in the top 10 finishing 7th.


Just behind the six counters there was a great battle between John Stevenson and Paul Beaton, with John edging it by just one second, but it was another encouraging run from Paul who has been improving over the last few months.

The men’s team event was won by Inverclyde AC on the day, with them taking the three podium positions as well with Ross Gray, Ryan Gray and John Bell respectively.

In total, 23 runners from Glenpark took on the senior races on the day and many more in attendance to help out. The club would like to extend our thanks to all who helped out on the day and made the event a great success for the club



GGH Juniors at Renfrewshire XC Championships Tower Hill 25/11/17

It was a successful day for our youngsters at a very cold and muddy Tower Hill, where they came away with 2 team medals. It was Bronze for both the Under 15 boys and under 11 girls, whilst Jude Dolan had a storming run to win individual Silver.

The Under 11 girls who won bronze were Maria McCabe the Harriers leading girl in 9th place, followed by Sophie McLaughlin.  The final counting place went to the line with Ashlin Monaghan just a stride in front of Leah Knox.

In the U11 boys race Aidan McElwee, after a steady start, came storming through the mud to finish 4th, Euan Johnson and Jack Hay were the other counters in the team who just missed out on the medals.

Jude Dolan had a fantastic run to claim individual silver in the under 13s boys event while Brodie Stone showed plenty of promise on his cross country debut.

It was tough challenge for Francesca McKay and Abbigael Crawford as the Under 13 girls took a step up in distance, especially in the challenging conditions. Both finished strongly and the experience will benefit them in future races.

The under 15s team took bronze with Ewan Ferguson, closely followed by Scott Meechan and new boy Bobby Stone.

Ryan Brown continued his return from injury with another solid performance to finish 5th in the under 17s three mile race.

The severity of the course and conditions meant there were a few non finishers, but all the youngsters deserve great credit for getting out to represent the club.


U11s 1mile: Aidan McElwee 6.55, Euan Johnson 7.55, Jack Hay 8.14, Nathan Adams 8.25, Connor McCrorie 8.33, Cameron Crawford 8.51, Maria McCabe 8.22, Sophie McLaughlin 9.05, Ashlin Monaghan 9.37, Leah Knox 9.38.

U13s 2miles: Jude Dolan 13.33, Brodie Stone 16.05, Francesca McKay 20.40, Abbigael Crawford 24.03.

U15s 2miles: Ewan Ferguson 13.42, Scott Meechan 13.44, Bobby Stone 18.06

U17s 3miles: Ryan Brown 20.38

3k on the Green 24.11.17

Thanks to Andy McCall for his report on Fridays 3k on the Green, the last one of 2017:

At 11am I wasn’t even sure if I was going to take part but after seeing the starting line up for Saturdays Renfrewshire X-country race I realised I wouldn’t make the top 6 counter got the club, something I haven’t managed since around 2010. With that in mind I set off to take the race on as a tempo run and try to better my time from last month. In October I turned up late and ran 10:40. A time I was actually quite happy with.

It was never going to be easy with Glasgow seeing the first snow of… Autumn!? The ground was frozen but by lunch time it had defrosted and the snow stayed off for the first half. Chatting to Chris Barlas before the event I knew it was going to be difficult for everyone. I set off at a good pace knowing who was running well and who to race against. Feeling good I took the pace with my wee group followed by Richard Cooper who hung on my shoulder until 200m to go! I paced the race faster than I would on my own and was very happy with my time. On the sprint finish I resisted the urge to go for it and kept some in the bank for Saturdays race. I finished in 15th place in a time of 10:14, the fastest time recorded in this race since Feb 2016. All the runners in front of me were slower than the previous month showing the conditions of Fridays race.

Renfrewshire XC Championships Saturday 25th November Tower Hill

tower hill

Come along and watch the some fantastic cross country races at Tower Hill Gourock. Starting at 12pm with the under 11s and the final Race at 2pm with the seniors. All the Renfrewshire Clubs will be competing : Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Inverclyde AC, Kilbarchan AAC, Giffnock North AC, Bellahouston Harriers and Bellahouston Road Runners….and its free!!!

There will be hot drinks/refreshments on sale in St.Columbas High School after the races.

Wrap up well as it will be chilly and muddy – perfect  cross country conditions.

*A reminder for all runners and spectators to bring a change of shoes for going into the school – no muddy shoes allowed in the building… thanks 🙂

Weekend Round-up: 18-19 November

Greenock parkrun

32 Glenpark Harriers took part in Saturday’s Greenock parkrun, with 5 of them getting PBs! Cheryl Thomas, Fiona MacFarlane, Katie Johnson, Claire Monaghan and Malcolm MacLean all set new best times over the 5k course. For Malcolm, it was his first run under 20 minutes, taking 25 seconds off of his previous best time. It was a 3rd pb in 4 weeks for Claire Monaghan who has now taken 2 minutes off of her best time in the last 6 weeks! Alan O’Rourke’s Monday and Wednesday sessions paying big dividends for many of the runners.

It was a Harriers 1, 2, 3 in the mens placings (out of those who had a barcode…) Chris Mooney fought off Andrew White and Daniel Doherty to finish in 16.46, only 8 seconds off of a pb. It was a legitimate 1, 2, 3 for the ladies with Donna Clark just edging out Fiona MacFarlane and Claire Monaghan.

There were plenty of Harriers enjoying parkrun tourism as well. Eddie Devine was out in Derry watching his son Chris race in the vets cross country, and took in the local parkrun beforehand. Sean Marshall and Viki Smith ran at Linwood, with Viki getting a new course pb. Emma O’Rourke ran at Victoria parkrun, Heather Kangley ran at Strathclyde and Nicola Stevenson ran as a tail runner at Ruchill.
British and Irish Masters Cross Country, Derry, Saturday 18th November

Mick McLoone and Paul Monaghan represented Scotland at the British and Irish Masters cross country race in Derry on Saturday. The race was ran over a 5 mile course on the banks of the River Foyle.

Paul competing in the v45 category completed the course in 30.59 and Mick in the v50 in 29.52 for 11th in his category.

Results and article: http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/30966-2/


Weekend Round Up: 11-12 November

Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k, Bellahouston Park – 12th November 2017

The ever popular Jimmy Irvine 10k was held on Sunday at Bellahouston Park. The race is hosted by Bellahouston Road Runners and has always attracted a good crowd of Harriers heading up the M8. This year was no exception as 14 Harriers raced on the day. The route changed this year, and everyone was sad to see the end of the nice downhill start. Issues with the local authorities meant that the race had to be contained entirely within the park this year, removing the loops on Mosspark Boulevard.

Overall, the times were slower than the previous years run, showing that the course was a good bit tougher. Chris Watson was first Harrier home this year in 38.48, but over a minute slower than his pb time of the previous year. Gordy Hepburn was second in 39.17 and George McCallum was third in  41.40.

Lorna Coyle was first female Harrier to finish and was 2nd v50 overall in a time of 46.00. Fiona McFarlane was second in 47.45 and Marianne McKay was third in 48.28. Fiona’s time was a one minute pb! Alex Patterson also managed a pb on the day in a time of 49.47! Well done guys.

jiResults: http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1J2/club/5763_greenock+glenpark+harriers
Greenock parkrun – 11.11.17

Andy White was first Harrier home at Greenock parkrun and narrowly missed a pb by 2 seconds in 16.48. Andrew Osborne was next in 17.09 and John Stevenson third Harrier in 18.39. Both Lorna Coyle and Sue Hewitson came across the line in 22.45 to take first and second female places respectively.

Lucas Bezian continued his pb streak by finishing in 23.35 and new Harrier Claire Melville got her first pb since joining in 31.20. Young Ava Beaton got a pb of 24.49 running round with fellow young Harrier Katie Johnson who competed in the event for the first time.

Further afield, Emma and David Benstead ran at the notoriously tough Drumchapel parkrun. With David running it for the first time and Emma running a course pb! Nicola Stevenson ran the Ganavan Sands parkrun near Oban in a course pb for her of 23.40. Viki Smith ran at Linwood and Catriona Stirling slummed it at Curl Curl parkrun near Sydney (but I’m sure she would have preffered the below freezing conditions at Greenock…)