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…)

National Short Course XC Championships 11.11.17


There could be no complaints about the weather at the National Short Course XC Championships in Kirkcaldy; sun and blue skies greeted the 13 junior and senior harriers who made the journey to the east coast event.  The going was soft and the athletes faced an uphill start making it a fairly tough course.

First race of the day was the Under 15 Girls over a distance of 2km.  Alyshia Singleton and Mhairi Moore have been competing more regularly this season and the improvements in performance are beginning to come through. On this occasion Alyshia getting the advantage on Mhairi.

Next up, was the Under 15 Boys race which had Harry McGill and Ewan Ferguson competing. Harry didn’t quite reach his normal high standards, but nonetheless he produced a solid run going under 7 minutes for the 2 kilometres. Junior run of the day however came from Ewan Ferguson who always thrives on competition, kept in contention with Harry finishing just 13 seconds behind.

Ryan Brown has been the unluckiest harrier in the last 2 seasons, with his training being interrupted with a series of injuries.  In the Under 17 Men’s 3km race he returned again after his latest setback, and did more than expected, getting stronger as the race progressed, and showing the promise of much more to come.

In the Senior Women’s race, first home for Glenpark was Suzie Coyle in 18:27 for the 4km distance.  Marianne Mckay put in a strong run with a time of 19:23.  Eileen Stevenson and Nathalie Smith both showed signs they are improving over the season with their respective times of 21:37 and 22:16.

The performance of the day has to be from the in-form Mick McLoone.  His time of 14:11 in the 4km Senior Men’s event earned him a Silver medal in the V50 category, only narrowly missing out on the gold in the closing stages or the race. Not far behind came Paul Monaghan who crossed the line in 14:41, 5th in the V45 category.  Both Stephen Reid and Frank McMahon put in strong finishes with their times of 17:37 and 18:37.


U15 2km: Alyshia Singleton 09:57, Mhairi Moore 10.09, Harry McGill 06:54, Ewan Ferguson 07:07:

U17: 3km Ryan Brown 11:11:

4km: Suzanne Coyle 18:37, Marianne Mckay 19:23, Eileen Stevenson 21:37, Nathalie Smith 22:16  Michael McLoone 14:11, Paul Monaghan  14:41, Stephen Reid   17:37, Frank McMahon   18:37

Thanks to Stephen Reid and Stephen McLoone for the report.

Remember that Greenock Glenpark Harriers are hosting the Renfrewshire XC at Tower Hill on Saturday 25th November. Please help out where possible and if you can run then please do. Please let any committee member know if you wish to volunteer or email greenockglenparkharries@gmail.co.uk

Tower Hill Sunday Run 12th Nov

Sunday 12th November

For ALL Juniors and Seniors – 11.00-11.30, easy/steady run around Tower Hill Gourock (over the Renfrewshire xc Course). Meet at the Tower. You can drive straight into the park from Tower Drive, then McPherson Drive.

It would be great to get a big turnout, as we are hosting the  Renfrewshire XC championships on the 25th November. So we need people to know what the course is so it can be marked quickly on the morning of the race, and to position and instruct the marshalls. It is also a great opportunity to get used to this tough little run. 1 lap is approximately 1 mile. It could be muddy 🙂


Weekend Round Up: 4-5 November

Glen Ogle 33 Ultra Marathon Race

On Saturday 4th November, Andrew White, John Stevenson and Kevin Gill set out to tackle the Glen Ogle 33 mile race- beginning and ending in Killin, Stirlingshire. The route saw the runners cross the Glen Ogle viaduct and down into Strathyre before turning back on themselves and back into Killin over the viaduct again. With spectacular views, this was set to be an impressive run, particularly for “ultra virgin” Captain John and Kevin running for Ardgowan Hospice in memory of his dad, Danny.

Despite taking a wrong turn and adding an extra mile to his race, Andrew managed to secure a 10th place position over the line in a time of 4hrs 7mins. John, again taking a wrong turn, completed the race in a time of 4hrs 22mins in 21st position- an impressive run for his first ultra. Kevin (sporting some excellent tartan thermals) finished the run in a time of 5hrs 51mins and was 190th to cross the line in a field of 415 runners. Well done to all three runners!

Thanks to Nicola Stevenson for the report.

Greenock parkrun

Many Harriers opted for the afternoon club race on Saturday, but there was still a good turnout for the 5k in the morning. Some even chose to do both!

Lucas Bezian got a pb of 23.41 and would later go on to collect an award at the club’s prize-giving for our most improved newcomer. Well done Lucas!

Colin Shields Road Race 2017


The 2017 Colin Shields Road Race saw 50 senior runners take on the 4.5 mile course that took them from Notre Dame High School up to the hospital and back via Cumberland road. It was a brisk autumn day and there was a stiff breeze into the runners’ faces as they headed out along Inverkip Road towards the bridge at Branchton Station.

In the mens race, it was a welcome first GGH victory for Chris Mooney in his first time running the route. His win rounds off a great few weeks for Chris as he completes his comeback from an injury hit summer. As a time trial race, runners were set off in random pairs from the start line at 30 second intervals. When the times were tallied up at the end, there was only 24 seconds separating the top 4 finishers. Mick McLoone continued his recent good form with a second place finish, just 10 seconds behind Chris. Winner of the first club race of the season, Steven Campbell, was a further 5 seconds behind in third. Daniel Doherty finished in 4th place, taking 34 seconds off of his time from last year. There were only a few runners able to produce better times than last year’s race showing that conditions were not as ideal.

The biggest improvement on last year’s times came from Kenny Scott, who took around 90 seconds off his time. Kenny has been steadily improving in the last 6 months and it’s good to see that continuing. Stephen Hanley took over a minute off of his time from last year an managed to just dip into the top 10 finishers. Some other notable strong runs came from Robin McAuslan, Paul Beaton and Robert Adams. It was good to see some new faces in the light blue vest including James McFadden and Malcolm MacLean, and some returning from injury like Graham McGrattan and David Ness.


The ladies race saw Lorna Coyle take the victory in 34.08. Lorna had 4 wins last season as well as 2 overall age category prizes, and it looks to be a good start to this season for her too! Donna Clark took second place and one minute off of her time from last year to boot. Marianne McKay showed no ill effects of her recent marathon to take home third place. Claire Monaghan and Viki Smith both took over 30 seconds off of their times from last year. Claire has been improving her parkrun times in recent weeks, so it was good to see this continue in the club race. Viki has been running the cross country relays, and her time improvement here may be the result of that hard work!


Chris Mooney 26.03, Mick McLoone 26.13, Steven Campbell 26.18, Daniel Doherty 26.27, Paul Monaghan 26.46, Andy McCall 27.20, Andrew Osborne 27.53, Chris Watson 28.24, Paul Beaton 29.00, Stephen Hanley 29.03, Robert Dolan 29.04, Chris Jones 29.56, David McCorkindale 30.37, Graham McGrattan 30.45, Sam McVicar 30.49, George McCallum 31.22, Stuart Austin 31.37, Robert Adams 31.42, James McFadden 31.46, Stephen Reid 32.04, Robin McAuslan 32.29, Malcolm MacLean 32.57, Steven Smith 33.01, Ross Slater 33.02, Alan O’Rourke 33.17, Stuart Crawford 33.25, David Ness 33.41, Jim Cuffe 33.56, Lorna Coyle 34.08, Ian McKee 34.19, Colin Campbell 34.39, Donna Clark 35.05, Marianne McKay 35.43, Boyd MacKenzie 35.45, Sandra Campbell 36.03, Fiona McFarlane 36.08, Gerry Gillespie 36.10, Claire Monaghan 36.27, Viki Smith 36.31, Terri Wall 36.42, Kenny Scott 36.47, Lynsey Mooney 37.56, Silke Loehndorf 40.43, Kirstin Arthur 41.21, Graeme Crawford 41.25, Yvonne Prager 41.27, David Carruthers 42.17, James Campbell 42.26,  Wenda Crawford 43.25, Eddie Devine 48.03


Harry McGill claimed the Laurence Mulaghton Trophy with a convincing win in the junior 2 lap race around the testing circuit of Dunlop Street and through Murdieston Park.  He opened an early gap on the chasing group led by Ewan Ferguson and continued to extend his lead from Ewan and the 3rd placed Cameron Patton.

Ruby McGill came from behind to win the girls race with an excellent paced run. After 1 lap she was sitting in 3rd spot, behind Ava Beaton and Katie Johnson. But with a second lap time matching her first, she timed it to perfection to take the win from runner-up Ava and Katie in 3rd , both looking as if they can put up a strong challenge in this year’s club championship.

The closest competition came in the under 11s one lap race, where Douglas Campbell had a 30metre lead at half-way from Jack Hay, but on the steep climb up Murdieston Street Jack had pulled level. With the finish line fast appearing a final kick from Douglas gave him the narrowest of wins. Just a few seconds behind came Connor McCrorey.  

Maria McCabe, the reigning under 11 champion, was again leading girl, and not only that, she had put the boys under a great deal of pressure for the top spot overall. In 2nd place in the girls race was Sophie McLaughlin just edging out Erin McEleny, both girls showing big improvements in recent months.

The most pleasing aspect for the coaches, was the size of turnout from the junior section, which saw 37 youngsters taking part, this has been increasing over the last couple of years. The major individual advances since last year were shown by Shaun Wiseman and Mhairi Moore both an impressive one minute quicker, and in the shorter event Maria McCabe and Ashlin Monaghan.


2.2km: Harry McGill 7.13, Ewan Ferguson 7.43, Cameron Patton 8.01, Scott Meechan 8.10, Shaun Wiseman  8.53,  Aidan McElwee 9.00, Ruby McGill 9.13, Ava Beaton 9.16, Alex Wiseman 9.21, Katie Johnson 9.22, Brodie Stone 9.31, Alyshia Singleton 10.00, Bobby Stone 10.01, Mhairi Moore 10.09, Sophie Campbell 10.58, Francesca McKay 10.59, Olivia Trainer 11.05, Abbigael Crawford 12.26,

1.1km: Douglas Campbell 4.15, Jack Hay 4.15, Connor McCrorey 4.19, Maria McCabe 4.21, Euan Johnson 4.25, Patrick McCabe 4.30, Cameron Crawford 4.31, Brodie Stone 4.33, Gregory Hay 4.44, Sophie McLaughlin 4.47, Erin McEleny  4.48, Leo Beaton 5.00, Ruari Trainer 5.05, Nathan McCorkindale 5.06, Leah Knox 5.13, Ashlin Monaghan 5.16, Murray Brown 5.24, Aimee McEleny 5.52, Lewis McGowan 5.56, Amy Campbell 7.27

The turnout from the seniors and junior was the most pleasing thing. 87 runners tackled the various distances and the support on the route from the volunteers was greatly appreciated by everyone. The hard work during the day allowed everyone to relax and enjoy the annual prize-giving that night at Lady Alice Bowling Club. The revelers particularly enjoyed the pies and sausage rolls on offer from prize-giving sponsors Robert Alexander Butchers, so a big thank you to them.

National XC Relays and Weekend Review 27-29 October

National XC Short Course Relays, Cumbernauld House Park, 28.10.17

24 seniors headed to Cumbernauld House Park for this year’s running of the National Short Course Cross Country Relays. The weather may have been dry, but the ground was well worn and there was a stiff wind to keep the test stern.

The men’s masters team consisted of John Stevenson, Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White. The latter 3 names have teamed up in this event regularly in recent years, with a different fourth man, determined to get in the medal positions. This year it was Captain John’s turn to try get them the hardware, and he set himself off in the first leg to get a boost in doing just that. John covered the course in just over 15 minutes, a great effort from himself to get the team round in 14th position. Steven Campbell went next getting past 5 men, and Paul Monaghan followed passing another 2. Andrew White set off in 7th position and quickly gained 2 places an held that position until the end. Andrew gained 15 seconds on the eventual bronze medalists in that last leg, but the team were 21 seconds out of a medal position. A great effort again by the team.

The mes A team did not fare quite as well, with a depleted squad to chose from, Stephen Hanley was first man up in the A team. Even with his relatively good run, Shaun Lyon and Stephen Trainer had too much ground to cover in the next 2 legs. Sean Marshall ran the tail leg and did well in the worst of the ground conditions. In the B team, there were good runs from Stephen Reid and Frank McMahon (3rd M65). Malcolm McLean is getting used to the cross country running in his second outing on the surface and it was a change of distance for regular ultra runner Kevin Gill in the last leg.

The ladies also put their strength in the Masters team, with Sue Hewitson leading the A team out in the first lap. A superb run in 16.51 seen Sue round in 4th place. Lorna Coyle and Marian Monk followed on and the team finished in 6th overall masters position. Eileen Stevenson produced another good run in the tail leg of the Masters B team, the 4th fastest time from ladies masters runners. In the seniors team, Nicola Stevenson ran a superb final leg run of 19.09 to bring in 7 places, and the 4th fastest overall time by a female Harrier on the day.

Mens: Masters (5th): John Stevenson 15.11, Steven Campbell 14.13, Paul Monaghan 14.51, Andrew White 14.25
Mens A: Stephen Hanley 16.21, Shaun Lyon 14.05, Stephen Trainer 13.25, Sean Marshall 16.02
Mens B: Malcolm MacLean 18.06, Stephen Reid 17.30, Frank McMahon 18.36, Kevin Gill 19.16

Womans: Masters A: Sue Hewitson 16.51, Lorna Coyle 19.10, Marian Monk 17.46
Masters B: Fiona Cushnagan 22.52, Kirstin Arthur 22.32, Eileen Stevenson 22.03
Masters C: Angeline Austin 22.23, Nathalie Smith 23.18
Womans A: Viki Smith 20.35, Donna Clark 20.25, Suzanne Coyle 18.54, Nicola Stevenson 19.09


It was a day of mixed fortunes for a young Harriers squad as they travelled to Cumbernauld to compete in the National XC relays. The dry weather belied the heavy underfoot conditions and all the runners can be proud of their efforts on a difficult blustery day.

First runner of the day in the U13 category was Ruby McGill who showed excellent pace judgement as she started steadily at the back of the pack before patiently picking off a number of runners to finish comfortably inside the top half of the field. Ruby handed over to Mhairi Moore in the U15 leg who, despite an unfortunate mix up at the handover, turned in the type of determined performance that her coaches have come to expect before passing on the baton to Alyshia Singleton. Alyshia stepped up to compete in the U17 leg despite being eligible to run as an U15 and she displayed great character to stay calm before producing an excellent performance to bring the team home.

This was an inexperienced team so all 3 girls deserve great credit for the efforts they put in. They will undoubtedly improve on their position as they continue to work hard and gain more experience at racing in this type of event.

Next up were the U13 boys with Jude Dolan, Cameron Patton and Alex Wiseman all toeing the line for the club. Alex had a steady run but disaster struck at the start line when the runner in front of Jude and Cameron stumbled causing both of them to fall to the ground and get spiked in the process. Both showed their mettle by shrugging off the pain and resolving to finish for the benefit of their team. While both will feel they would have been faster on another day they can be proud of the character they showed to pick themselves up and carry on.

Next up on The U15 leg were Harry McGill and Shaun Wiseman. Harry, like his sister Ruby earlier in the day, produced a strong and disciplined performance by hauling in a huge number of runners on his way to posting the 13th fastest U15 run of the day. Shaun gave an excellent account of himself over the hilly course and his coaches were extremely pleased with his efforts.

The final leg of the day belonged to Ryan Brown and Ewan Ferguson. Ryan has not had his troubles to seek lately with a succession of injuries hampering his training but he shrugged that off to post a very credible time that gives him a great foundation to kick on from as the winter season progresses. Ewan, like Alyshia, was running in the U17 leg despite being eligible for U15 but just like his club mate he was not overwhelmed by the step up and pulled in several places as he once again underlined his capacity to produce big performances when the chips are down.
(Big thanks to Coach Neilson for his report on the Juniors)


Boys A: Jude Dolan 11.20, Harry McGill 9.11, Ryan Brown 10.13
Boys B: Cameron Patton 11.20, Shaun Wiseman 11.52, Ewan Ferguson 10.21
Boys C: Alex Wiseman 13.10
Girls A: Ruby McGill 11.32, Mhairi Moore 15.04, Alyshia Singleton 13.20

3k on the Green, 27.10.17

Conditions were perfect with Harriers Andy McCall, Andrew White and Chris Mooney managing to make it out of the office for the event run on the last Friday of each month. As usual this race starts with a frantic pace with 20-30 runners sprinting out the first 200m. After the 1st kilometre Andrew White had positioned himself in a pack just behind Inverclyde’s Chris Barlas in around 8th position with Chris Mooney leading a pack of runners a further 15 metres behind. Meanwhile Andy McCall decided to make things even more difficult by only just making the start in time to see the last runners making their way out. He quickly detached his backpack and headed out to chase the leaders.

At the turn Chris Mooney began to push to keep in touch with Chris Barlas and Andrew, managing to make up the ground with around 1 km to go. The group were now in a battle for fourth place with the leading three runners a further 150 metres ahead. It was Chris Mooney who first made a move with around 500 metres to go passing Andrew and Chris Barlas. Andrew broke to follow Chris as well with another runner from Newport with Chris Barlas now starting to tire. Despite making an early break for the line, Chris Mooney managed to hold on to finish in 4th with Andrew only a couple of seconds behind in 6th place (1st veteran). This was a personal best time of 09:39 for Andrew. Andy McCall meanwhile had managed to make up a number of places in the field to finish in a time of 10:40 (not bad considering his warm up consisted of a mile at race pace!)

4th Chris Mooney (09:39), 6th (1st Vet) Andrew White (09:41), Andrew McCall (10:40), Others: 1st Ross Mackenzie (09:21), 8th Chris Barlas (09:51) (Inverclyde)

A video of the frantic start can be found here (watch out for Andy McCall’s late arrival!)

Erskine Bridge 10k, 28.10.17

The Erskine Bridge Buster 10k took place on Saturday. Lisa Ruddy finished in 3rd place in a time of 47.30. Well done Lisa!


Lisa Ruddy 47.30 (third female, 26th overall), Fiona MacFarlane 50.47, Cheryl Thomas 51.32

Greenock parkrun

Greenock Glenpark Harriers legend Dick Hodelet completed his 200th parkrun on Saturday doon the splash. Dick has been doing parkruns since 2009, when he was a regular at Pollock Park, and has completed 123 at Greenock since it began in 2014. Sadly, he wont get a free T shirt for 200, just have to do another 50 to get the coveted 250!


It was tough conditions on Saturday, but one harrier managed to get a pb! Well done to Claire Monaghan for her pb of 23.53, a full 17 second improvement and her first ever first finisher. Overall, it was a Harriers 1,2,3 with Chris Mooney edging out Mick McCloone and Daniel Doherty for first position. Not bad for Chris after his effort on Friday at 3k on the Green!

One other note, young Harrier Abbigael Crawford turned her hand to run report writing, and her work can be found here:
It’s not as easy as she makes it look!

Jedburgh Running Festival, 29.10.17


Fiona Ramsay continued her winning streak with her first position in the Jedburgh half marathon in a great time of 1.26.55. Her prize appears to be a stuffed Kangaroo… The race was part of the Jedburgh Running Festival. There was also an ultra marathon on the day, with harrier Emma O’Rourke taking part. Sadly, Emma was not well on the day and had to pull out after 22 miles. A fine effort when unwell! She’ll be back next year.

Fiona Ramsay 1.26.55 (first female, 27th overall)

Antonine Trail Race:

Boyd MacKenzie and Terry Wall competed in the Antonine Trail Race half marathon. This takes place on the trails in and around Kilsyth. The video below shows some excellent drone footage of the race!

Boyd MacKenzie 2.07.35, Terry Wall 2.11.26

Dublin Marathon, 29.10.17


Last, but by no means least, we had two Harriers make the trip over to the Emerald Isle for the 2017 Dublin Marathon. Both Ashley Anderson and Marianne McKay have certainly caught the running bug in their first year or so in the club and had both signed up to this as their first marathon. Marianne secretly wanted to break the four hour mark on her debut, and did just that. Fantastic effort. Ashley had not really been able to train for the marathon distance due to injury in recent months, but to get round in under five hours is a great effort. Well done girls!

Marianne McKay 3.58.18, Ashley Anderson 4.51.43

Remember, Club race this Saturday! 4.5 mile road race starting at Notre Dame High School at 2pm. Club photograph at 1.15pm at Lady Alice Bowling Club and prizegiving there at night, 7.15 🙂