West District XC Short Course Relays, Hamilton Park Racecourse 15.10.17

117 Harriers made it to the starting gates at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Sunday for the West District Short Course Relays. 2 mens teams and 3 ladies teams competed over the 20 furlong course which took them up and down the finishing stretch of the raecourse. The going was certainly heavy in places.

The ladies vets team of Marian Monk, Lorna Coyle and Marianne McKay were 5th overall vets team, a great performance from them. The other two ladies teams competed well with a particularly strong run from Lisa Ruddy in the A team. Lorna Coyle’s time in the vets team landed her 2nd v55!

Our top male team were hit by a late non runner and Paul Beaton was elevated into the A Team on the day. Paul put in a really strong run in the tough anchor leg to ensure a good finish for the team. Stephen Trainer had led the team out with a great run in 8th overall spot for the first leg. The star performer in the B team was Frank McMahon taking home first m65 in 19.05!


Some found it tougher than others on the soft grass at Hamilton, but everyone will feel the benefit of it as the cross country season gets into full swing. Next up, Renfrewshire short course relays at Pollock Park next Sunday!

If you want to get involved with the cross country races this season, please let your Captain know (Mens Captain: John Stevenson, Ladies Captain, Marian Monk)

Vets Team A: Marian Monk 18.23, Lorna Coyle 19.20 (2nd F55), Marianne McKay 20.09
(total 58.02, 25th overall, 5th vets)
Vets Team B: Angeline Austin 23.00, Eileen Stevenson 22.45, Nathalie Smith 24.18
(total 70.03, 55th overall)
Team A: Lisa Ruddy 19.12, Kirstin Arthur 23.39, Viki Smith 21.32
(total 64.23, 43rd overall)

Team A: Stephen Trainer 13.52, Paul Monaghan 15.21, Andrew White 15.09, Paul Beaton 16.33 (total 60.55, 20th overall)
Team B:  Frank McMahon 19.05 (1st M65), Stephen Reid 18.59, Stephen Hanley 17.56, Steven Smith 19.05 (total 75.05, 68th overall)


Weekend Round-up: 7-8th October


Dunoon Ultra – 55km – Saturday 7th October

18 Harriers plus a vast travelling support headed to Cowal for this year’s Dunoon Ultra. Some great times from the club, with Andrew White and Fiona Ramsey first Harriers home.

Andrew White ran this after the Loch Ness Marathon and the Glasgow half marathon in previous weeks, also finishing 3rd vet. Fiona Ramsay first lady, taking around 25 minutes off of the previous best ladies time for the course!   Stuart Austin showed that his training paid off with a great debut, and a well executed race. Robert Adams was next home and had only ran about 10 miles in training.

Emma O’Rourke took home the family bragging rights taking around 17 minutes off of her time for last year. Alan bravely finished the race having suffered cramps in the final two stages, Sam sticking with him all the way. There were other debuts at this distance for Heather, Susie, Terry, Yvonne and Jane. Well done to all.

Andrew White – 4.34.26 – 5th overall
Fiona Ramsey – 4.36.19 – 1st Lady
Stuart Austin – 5.36.14
Robert Adams – 6.24.45
Susan Slater – 6.25.54
Emma O’Rourke – 6.28.35
Sam McVicar – 6.31.07
Alan O’Rourke – 6.31.09
Terri Wall – 6.35.20
Kevin Gill – 6.37.23
Heather Kangley – 7.01.38
Susie Gillies – 7.15.31
Yvonne Prager – 7.17.16
Jane Dolan – 7.22.23

Kirsten Arthur, Fiona Cushnaghan and Viki Smith – 6.00.39
Silke Loehndorf, Anne Anderson and Morven Walsh (Dunoon Hill Runners) –

Shoreditch 10k

George McCallum traveled south to take part in the Shoreditch 10k in London. George had set himself a target this year of running sub 19 5k, sub 40 10k and sub 90 half marathon. With the 5k and the half in the bag, George managed to get home in 39.59! A great first year for George as a Harrier.


There were 2 PBs at Greenock parkrun for some of our juniors. Erin McEleny ran 26.09 to take 16 seconds off of her PB and Abbigail Crawford ran 29.24 taking almost 2 minutes off her PB and running under 30 minutes for the first time! Well done girls.

George Cummings Road Relays 2017

Saturday saw 38 Harriers descend upon Houston for the annual George Cumming Road Relay Races hosted by Kilbarchan AAC. It was a great turnout from the club as we entered 11 teams to take on the 2.7 mile course through the sleepy Renfrewshire village. New Captains John Stevenson and Marion Monk worked tirelessly over the preceding week to get as many runners to commit to the race, and their hard work paid off.   Many harriers were taking on the course for the first time, enticed in by the promise of a great day out and a ‘nice flat easy route’….

The best team performance of the day came from the ladies vets team who were 4th overall vet team and 3rd Renfrewshire vet team. The team of Sue Hewitson, Lorna Coyle and Marion Monk covered the course in 55.12, with Sue putting in a fantastic opening leg of 17.20 to take 2nd female vet prize! Elsewhere in the ladies race, there were strong runs from Marianne McKay, Lisa Ruddy and a return to action for Suzi Coyle.


With some of Glenpark’s key vet runners otherwise engaged, Captain John went for full strength in his seniors team with a returning Stephen Trainer leading the way. Stephen covered the course in 13.44. Daniel Doherty, Andrew Osborne and Paul Monaghan followed Stephen’s lead to get the team round in 13th overall out of the 55 full teams entered. Chris Mooney showed he’s getting back to his best after injury with a strong run, second on the day for Glenpark. There were also good runs on the day from Chris Watson, Gordy Hepburn and Derrick MacNish in his first Glenpark outing.


Performance of the day on the ‘mens’ side is reserved for the 4 Glenpark juniors. Alan Mollins, Ewan Ferguson, Ryan Brown and Harry McGill came 37th overall in the mens races with all four posting times that made many of the seniors jealous! Harry McGill, running an isolated final leg, recorded a fantastic 14.53! Only Stephen Trainer, Chris Mooney and Daniel Doherty ran faster on the day for Glenpark.


Finally it wouldn’t be a day out with Glenpark if this bloke didn’t keep trying to get a photo with our ladies. Thankfully Lisa put on a brave face and obliged…


Full Results:

Team A: Stephen Trainer 13:44, Daniel Doherty 14:42, Andrew Osborne 15:05, Paul Monaghan 14:43
Team B: Chris Mooney 14:39, Chris Watson 15:31, Gordy Hepburn 15:39, Mick McLoone 14:57
Team C: Paul Beaton 16:18, Stephen Hanley 16:41, Malcolm McLean 18:26, Derrick MacNish 17:18
Team D: Robin McAuslan 18:40, Ian Hanley 20:10, Gerry Gillespie 19:54, Stephen Reid 18:28
Team E: Robert Rideout 19:16, Boyd MacKenzie 20:20, Simon Hutton 21:34, David Benstead 21:40
Team F: Alan Mollins 16:34, Ewan Ferguson 16:20, Ryan Brown 17:02, Harry McGill 14:53

Team A (Vets): Sue Hewitson 17:20, Lorna Coyle 18:57, Marion Monk 18:55
Team B: Suzi Coyle 18:48, Kirsty Ormond 19:45,  Lisa Ruddy 19:30
Team C: Marianne McKay 19:32, Nicola Stevenson 19:51, Lynsey Mooney 20:58
Team D: Cheryl Thomas 21:31, Ashley Anderson 22:25, Nicola Gillespie 20:53
Team E: Nathalie Smith 22:39, Emma Benstead 25:47

Great Scottish Run 2017


It was a fantastic turnout from Greenock Glenpark Harriers at the Great Scottish Run over the past weekend. Over 40 members ran in the 10k, half marathon or junior race, with some excellent performances throughout.

In the half marathon, Paul Monaghan was first Harrier home in an excellent time of 75.21 which continues his strong record in the event. Andrew White was next in 77 minutes dead. John Stevenson recorded a huge PB coming home in 82.26. George McCallum went under 90 mins for the first time and was closely followed by Stewart Anderson in a PB of 91.45. New members Craig Canning, Graeme Crawford and Gerry Gillespie also had strong runs sporting their club colours. Terri Wall was first female Harrier home in 1.47.46 closely followed by Donna Clark in 1.51.53. Eileen Stevenson ran a great PB of 2.03.42.

The 10k race saw an incredible turnout from Glenpark, with 23 runners taking part from the club. Steven Campbell was first home in 35.15 which saw him 2nd V40 for the race. Chris Mooney showed that he is close to full recovery with a strong run of 36.08. Chris Watson was cruelly denied a PB by 10 seconds running 37.22 for the 10 (and a bit) kilometres. Club Champion Marion Monk was first female home in 44.54, just outside her PB. One of the best runs was from Marianne McKay, who ran a great PB of 47.45.

The junior event was blessed with much better weather on the Saturday. The first junior round the 2.5k route was Harry McGill in 9.27 with Jude Dolan not far behind in 10.50.

Full Results:

Half Marathon: Paul Monaghan 75.21, Andrew White 77.00, John Stevenson 82.26, Brian McCluskey 89.05, Paul Beaton 89.26, George McCallum 89.45, Stewart Anderson 91.45,  Carig Canning 96.41, Stephen Reid 98.50, Terri Wall 1.47.46, Craig Melrose 1.55.10, Donna Clark 1.51.23, Gerry Gillespie 2.01.37, Graeme Crawford 2.02.54,  Eileen Stevenson 2.03.42

10k: Steven Campbell 35.15, Chris Mooney 36.08, Chris Watson 37.22, Gordy Hepburn 38.27, Stephen Hanley 39.55, Joshua Ruddy 41.25, Marian Monk 44.54, Robin McAuslan 45.43, Kirsty Ormond 46.16, Marianne McKay 47.45, David Ness 48.15, Nicola Stevnson 48.34, Fiona McFarlane 48.52, Cheryl Thomas 51.05, Claire Monaghan 51.11, Lynsey Mooney 52.21, Viki Smith 52.34, Ashley Anderson 53.12, James Campbell 57.06, Nathalie Smith 57.44, Wenda Crawford 58.22, Emma Benstead 64.42, Angela Hill 67.20

Junior 2.5k: Harry McGill 9.27, Jude Dolan 10.50, Aidan McElwee 11.12, Ruby McGill 12.31, Maria McCabe 13.34, Erin McEleny 14.13, Abbigail Crawford 16.23

Saturday Training

Juniors & Seniors, don’t miss the very last session of September  😀 It’s the best way to start your weekend; Saturday morning training at Darroch Park at 11am (30th September). The weather forecast is looking good as well..dry with sunny spells. it is Ideal training for the cross country events coming up.

gourock darroch park

JG Cameron Race Results


Results from the first of the Harriers Club Championships races for the 2017-18 season ,on Greenock Esplanade

JG Cameron Road Races
1 Douglas Campbell 3.50
2 Jack Hay 4.03
3 Maria McCabe 4.07
4 Cameron Crawford 4.11
5 Patrick McCabe 4.15
6 Gregory Hay 4.21
7 Erin McEleny 4.36
8 Leah Knox 4.52
9 Ashlin Monaghan 5.01
10 Josh Docherty 5.03
11 Harry Blincow 5.06
12 Aimee McEleny 5.22
1 Jude Dolan 7.23
2 Aidan McElwee 7.58
3 Ruby McGill 8.37
4 Francesca McKay 9.40
5 Abbigael Crawford 10.28
6 Olivia Trainer 10.57
7 Madelaine McCabe 10.57
1 Harry McGill 14.00
2 Ewan Ferguson 15.07
3 Scott Meechan 15.58
4 Cameron Patton 16.13
5 Alyshia Singleton 19.50
6 Mhairi Moore 19.56
1 Steven Campbell 13.36
2 Paul Monaghan 13.40
3 Daniel Doherty 13.46
4 Harry McGill (J) 14.00
5 Chris Mooney 14.23
6 John Stevenson 14.40
7 Robert Dolan 14.48
8 Ewan Ferguson (J) 15.07
9 Stephen Hanley 15.19
10 Scott Meechan (J) 15.58
11 Stuart Austin 16.03
12 Cameron Patton (J) 16.13
13 Steven Reid 16.47
14 Robin McAuslan 17.05
15 Kevin Gill 17.09
16 Marian Monk 17.37
17 Sandra Campbell 18.05
18 Nicola Stevenson 18.09
19 Marianne McKay 18.09
20 Ian Hanley 18.24
21 Claire Monaghan 19.03
22 Lyndsey Mooney 19.11
23 Donna Clark 19.26
24 Simon Hutton 19.29
25 Graham Crawford 19.39
26 Ashley Anderson 19.41
27 Alyshia Singleton (J) 19.50
28 Nicola Gillespie 19.50
29 Mhairi Moore (J) 19.56
30 Angeline Austin 19.59
31 Eileen Stevenson 20.35
32 David Carruthers 21.55
33 Wenda Crawford 22.49
34 Claire Melville 25.46