Festive parkrun Review

Greenock parkrun – 23rd December

No pbs for any of the 23 Harriers who attended the parkrun on the Saturday before Christmas, with many either saving their legs for that afternoon’s Glenpark Harriers Wilson Trophy race or perhaps for running around the shops doing last minute Christmas shopping…

Mick McLoone was the first finisher on the day in 17.15. Lorna Coyle and Sue Hewitson were 2nd and 3rd finishing ladies.


Christmas Day Greenock parkrun

Turkey dinner, the Queen’s speech and trying to beat the big zebra at Greenock parkrun; the 3 cornerstones of a traditional Christmas Day. 34 Glenpark Harriers tore themselves away from their presents to take part in the 5k along the Esplanade, with 13 of them managing to beat that pesky zebra!


Stephen Trainer got himself a shiny new barcode from Santa and used it to great success, finishing first in 15.55 from Inverclyde’s Cameron Watson in second. There was a Christmas pb for Andy White in third closely followed by Chris Mooney. Andrew’s pb was the only one of the day for the harriers, who were obviously enjoying themselves far too much! Sue Hewitson was second female finisher with Lorna Coyle in third.

Greenock parkrun – 30th December

Only the hardiest of harriers made it along to the Esplanade on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year. It was a wild blustery morning coming the day after the heavy winter snowfall. But more poignantly, it came the day after the Harrier Christmas Party!

Viki Smith was able to get a Greenock parkrun pb of 25.17 in the windy conditions. Viki has ran sub 24 at Pollock parkrun, but this was her best time in her 29 runs at Greenock. Stephen Hanley was first harrier in 4th position with Sue Hewitson the first lady finisher.


New Year’s Day parkruns

New Year’s Day provides the opportunity for runners to savour 2 parkruns in one day. However, with the cancellation of Linwood, few harriers were salivating over the prospect of Drumchapel parkrun followed by Greenock and then perhaps even the Lyle Mile! However, not much deters the Stevensons from a challenge and John and Eileen gave the double header a bash. Sue Hewitson and Emma Benstead also made the double parkrun, but John was the only one who completed the hat-trick with the Lyle Mile at the end.

31 harriers made it along to the Esplanade for the later starting parkrun, allowing time for the hangovers to settle. However, no pbs were achieved by them on the day, perhaps with many saving their legs for the run up Lyle Hill. Andrew White was first male harrier in 2nd lace overall, just outside his pb from the previous week. Sue Hewitson was first female harrier to finish in 3rd place overall.

Greenock parkrun – 6th January

There was a good Harriers turnout for parkrun on 6th January, with 21 members in attendance. Many chose to go for the club race in the afternoon, but some tried both. George McCallum was first Harrier home in 3rd position overall with a time of 19.34. Rhonda White was first female Harrier in 23.54, and it’s great to see the former ladies champion back out running again.


Kanata parkrun 16th December

Greenock parkrun was cancelled due to the ice on 16th December. However, a wee bit (well, several foot) of snow didn’t cancel the Kanata parkrun near Ottawa, Canada. Glenpark Harrier Stephen Hanley took on the Saturday morning 5k in -20deg temperatures whilst on holiday visiting family. In totally unfamiliar conditions, Stephen managed to keep his cool and finish first in just over 23 minutes. It’s great to see the far reaching effects of parkrun, which has just started to filter into Canada in the last year. The Kanata parkrun was set up by a couple of ex-pats from London and the run director this week was from Bridge of Weir who’s mother is a regular at Linwood parkrun. It may not have been a pb course, but running on snow in those temperatures was a great experience!



Harris Trophy 2018

The 2018 Harris Trophy was ran on Saturday 6th January on a crisp afternoon, ideal conditions for running. The 5.5 mile route takes the runners around 4 full laps of the Coves Reservoirs, starting near the hospital overflow carpark and going anti-clockwise. Conditions underfoot had improved remarkably over the previous week and only a stiff northerly breeze hampered the runners on the stretch adjacent to Fancy Farm.


Andrew White secured his first Glenpark victory with a great run in 32.39. Andrew has been running well for the past few months, with a string of parkrun pbs, so it was a well deserved victory for the hard work. Steven Campbell was 2nd in 33.21 and Paul Monaghan close behind in 33.36. Steven’s second place finish was enough to see him leapfrog Chris Mooney back to the top of a tight senior championship table. Elsewhere in the men’s race, there were great runs from John Stevenson, Roberts Dolan, Ian Hanley and Chris Jones among others. Paul Beaton put in another good run, not letting an early fall put him too far off his stride! It was also good to see so many new faces put in strong runs on a tough course, with Ian McKee, Malcolm MacLean, Craig Canning, James McFadden and Graeme Crawford completing the route for the first time.


Marian Monk secured her third victory of the year in the woman’s race. It was Marian’s third victory in as many races as she reclaims her position at the top of the ladies championship tables. Donna Clark came in second, taking over a minute off of her time from last year, and debutant Cheryl Thomas was third. The ever improving Claire Monaghan took over 5 minutes off of her time from last year and race sponsor Viki Smith continued her recent good form, which had seen her get a Greenock parkrun pb over the festive period.

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The handicap race was keenly contested, with many left guessing to who had snuck the victory long after the race had finished. Danny McLuaghlin edged it with a fantastic run that saw him finish in the top 10 overall, showing that he may be close to a return from injuries that have plagued him in recent months. Cheryl Thomas was narrowly second in the handicap and Andrew White’s great run was good enough for third. Added to a runners up place at the Wilson, Andrew sees himself in a commanding position at the top of the handicap standings. It’s early days though, and the handicap committee will be well aware of how good good he is running heading into next months Willow Bowl!

A big thank you to race sponsors Viki and Andy Smith of WB Smith Trees and Turf Ltd. Also, the turnout of volunteers on the day was excellent. from the course set up in the morning through to the timekeepers and marshalls in the afternoon, the race couldn’t go ahead without them. Also thanks to Ross Slater for some fantastic photographs of the race.


Results (handicap time in bracket):
Andrew White 32.39 (30.39), Steven Campbell 33.21 (31.21), Paul Monaghan 33.36 (31.06), John Stevenson 36.12 (30.42), Robet Dolan 36.56 (30.56), Paul Beaton 37.05 (31.05),
Chris Jones 37.15 (30.45), Gordon Hepburn 37.25 (31.55), Danny McLaughlin 38.07 (30.07), Stephen Hanley 38.14 (31.14), Graham McGrattan 38.50 (31.20), Malcolm MacLean 40.37 (32.07) Craig Canning 41.50 (31.20), James McFadden 41.50 (32.50), Ian McKee 42.29 (31.59), Marian Monk 42.35 (32.35), David Ness 42.36 (32.36), Robin McAuslan 42.52 (32.52), Jim Cuffe 44.30 (32.30), Donna Clark 44.52 (31.52), Colin Campbell 45.00 (35.00), Cheryl Thomas 45.06 (30.36), Ian Hanley 46.00 (31.00), Marianne McKay 46.05 (33.05),
Viki Smith 46.16 (32.46), Boyd McKenzie 46.24 (31.54), Claire Monaghan 46.48 (32.18), Andy McLean 47.35 (38.05), Lynsey Mooney 48.47 (34.17), Mick Dunn 48.48 (40.10),
Graeme Crawford 49.06 (33.06), Fiona Cushnaghan 49.47 (31.47), Nicola Gillespie 53.30 (37.30), Eileen Stevenson 53.30 (34.30)

Lyle Mile 2018

The second annual Lyle Mile hill race took place on New Year’s Day. The route took the runners from the bottom of Lyle Road at the railway bridge all the way up to the beacon at the peak of the Lyle Hill. 60 hardy runners took part in this year’s race, shaking off their hogmanay hangovers in the best way possible. The turnout was 8 more than last year, and we all hope the event continues to grow in popularity.


First to the top was Chris Mooney. The Glenpark Harrier has been in great form leading up to Christmas, and he shows no signs of slowing down in 2018. His time of 6.47 is the second fastest, behind John Bell’s 6.22 course record last year. Inverclyde’s Chris Barlas was second and Glenpark’s Andrew White was third.


The ladies race was won by Claire Thompson of Victoria Park in 8.44. She was followed by Laura Richie of Bellahouston Harriers in second and Ros Lawson in third position. Young Ava Beaton was first female Glenpark Harrier to the summit in a great time of 9.49, and she was one of many juniors who impressed on the day.

Some other notable runs came from youngsters like Glenpark’s U13s runner Jude Dolan, who came 13th overall in 8.20. A very well paced race from Jude who didn’t follow the large pack of juniors who sprinted the first 200m.

All money taken on the day went straight to charity. £160 was donated to Inverclyde Down’s Syndrome Support Group. A big thanks to Alison King for organising and to all the volunteers on the day for ensuring we had a successful and safe event.


Chris Mooney 6.47, Chris Barlas 6.54, Andrew White 7.06, Paul Monaghan 7.10, Dylan Crawford 7.12, Andy McCall 7.12, Mark Nightingale 7.23, Martin Power 7.43, Daniel Ashworth 7.44, Paul Beaton 7.55, John Stevenson 8.07, Richard Davidson 8.08, Jude Dolan 8.20, Steven Campbell 8.22, Stephen Hanley 8.23 Malcolm McLean 8.30, Shaun Wiseman 8.35, Graham McGrattan 8.36, Claire Thompson (First Lady) 8.44, David Eamesv 8.44, Stephen Reid 8.46, Archie Nicol 9.02, Stuart Crawford 9.03, Paul McKendry 9.05, Laura Richie 9.06, David Ness 9.15, Ros Lawson 9.23, Jim Buick 9.28, Katherine Hylands 9.39, Lucas Bezian 9.45, Cameron Crawford 9.46, Ava Beaton 9.49, Marianne McKay 9.52, Alex Wiseman 10.03, Sean MacFarlane 10.08, Fiona MacFarlane 10.13, Sophie McLaughlin 10.14, Gerry Gillespie 10.28, Cheryl Thomas 10.29, Ian Anscombe 10.31, Marina McCallum 10.53, Lynsey Parker 10.54, Lorna Coyle 10.54, Erin McEleny 10.59, Simon Hutton 11.04, Angela Campbell 11.30, Stewart Nicol 11.38, Chris Hevert 11.44, Stephen Crumlish 11.57, Angeline Austin 12.18, Debbie McKenzie 12.37, David Carruthers 13.30, Debbie Parker 14.00, Aimee McEleny 14.13, Lynn Campbell 14.21, Claire Melville 14.51, Charlotte McKay 14.53, Eddie Devine 15.54

Young Harriers get 2018 off to Impressive Start

HARRIS TROPHY RACES 6th January 2018

The Harriers youngest athletes got the Harris Trophy Races under way in exciting fashion as they served up the most competitive of all the day’s racing.

The tough uphill half mile run for the under 11’s saw Euan Johnson just managing to break free from Douglas Campbell in the final 100m climb to the finish line. Close behind came the girls with the on-form Sophie McLaughlan just edging ahead of last year’s champion Maria McCabe. It was impressive running with the top 9 all under 4minutes.

The under 13s & 15s all started together along with their seniors club-mates, completing the very tough 1.5 mile loop around the Coves reservoir. Jude Dolan was quickest over the 1 lap race moving 200 metres clear of Aidan McElwee. Ruby McGill finished strongly to claim the win from Ava Beaton with Katie Johnson pushing her close for the runners-up spot. They were followed by Francesca McKay, Madeline McCabe and Abbigael Crawford who are continuing to show a steady improvement in their first season with the club.

Harry McGill proved too strong for Ewan Ferguson over the two laps, as both youngsters ran well to record personal bests for the course. Scott Meechan took 3rd ahead of Cameron Patton who has just stepped up to the new age group.

½ mile: Euan Johnson 3.20, Douglas Campbell 3.26, Sophie McLaughlan 3.30, Maria McCabe 3.30, Connor McCrorie 3.31, Patrick McCabe 3.36, Cameron Crawford 3.45, Erin McEleny 3.54, Oliver Jones 3.54, Leah Knox 4.12, Jacob McCabe 4.13, Finlay McCabe 4.16, Ashlin Monaghan 4.17, Josh Docherty 4.30,                 

1 ½ miles: Jude Dolan 9.42, Ruby McGill 10.40, Aidan McElwee 10.46, Ava Beaton 11.03, Katie Johnson 11.26, Francesca McKay 12.31, Madeline McCabe 13.34, Abbigael Crawford 14.23,           

3 miles: Harry McGill 17.15, Ewan Ferguson 18.45, Scott Meechan 20.03, Cameron Patton 20.57,

Wilson Trophy 2017


After the 2017 running of the Wilson Trophy was delayed a week due to poor ground conditions, it was rearranged for Saturday 23rd December. With a hectic running schedule in early 2017, it was good to get the race on at such short notice. A big thanks must go to the volunteers and race organisers who set up the course and helped on the day.

The busy Christmas schedule meant only 21 Harriers were able to attend on the day, and their effort was rewarded with a howling southerly wind that greeted them on their way up the steep climbs around the cut. The 4.5 mile trail race is run around the roads and trails near the Waterman’s Cottage and is a conceding handicap race.

Graeme Crawford was set off first as the highest handicapped runner on the day, with 20 Harriers setting off at intervals behind him to chase him down. Alas, none were able to catch Graeme and he won his first club race, much to the delight of his family who were screaming him home at the finish line. Many of the runners knew who had won the race even if they were still a mile from home, given the volume of the cheering!


Andy White put up the best chase from the pack. Starting over 14 minutes behind Graeme, Andy put in a really strong run to close the gap to only 15 seconds at the end. This run was enough to secure Andy second place in the mens race, with Chris Mooney making it back to back victories with a great run in tough conditions. Paul Monaghan put in a strong performance to round out the top 3 with Andy McCall and Steven Campbell close behind. Notable runs in the mens race also include Derrick MacNish, who made it into the top 10 in his first Harriers race.


Marian Monk got her second win of the season, finishing 2017 on a high with a great run and victory in the ladies race. Lynsey Mooney was second lady on the day.

There are two Harriers club races in quick succession in the coming week. Start your new year in the best way by taking part in the Lyle Mile. Monday 1st January, 12 noon underneath the railway bridge on Lyle Road. This a a one mile ‘lung buster’ up the Lyle Hill the hard way, and proved very popular among Harriers last year. Juniors encouraged to take part as well as seniors, and it is open to non members as well so spread the word. The race is a bit of fun and all proceeds on the day will go to Inverclyde Downs Syndrome Support Group. (the race does not count towards Club Championships)

Following this is the Harris Trophy club championship race at the Coves Reservoirs in Gourock. The 5.5 mile race for the senior starts at 2pm on Saturday 6th January, with junior races starting from 1.45pm. Registration available in the clubhouse from 12 noon to 1.15pm or at the race, with parking available in the hospital overflow car park. The senior race is a non-conceding handicap race, and handicaps will be posted later this week.


Results (handicap time in bracket):
Chris Mooney 28.14 (51.14), Andrew White 29.29 (50.59), Paul Monaghan 29.52 (51.22), Andy McCall 30.29 (51.59), Steven Campbell 30.48 (53.18), John Stevenson 32.19 (51.49), Robert Dolan 32.40 (51.40), Paul Beaton 32.40 (52.10), Derrick MacNish 34.12 (52.42), Stephen Hanley 35.41 (54.41), Stephen Reid 36.03 (53.03), Graham McGrattan 36.09 (54.09), George McCallum 36.42 (55.12), Marian Monk 37.48 (53.18), Robin McAuslan 38.05 (54.35), David Ness 38.20 (54.50), Ian McKee 38.36 (52.36), Boyd McKenzie 42.31 (54.31), Ian Hanley 42.58 (53.58), Lynsey Mooney 43.37 (55.37), Graeme Crawford 43.44 (50.44)