Renfrewshire XC relays 18/10/14
David Henderson strides for gold on the anchor leg
Greenock Glenpark Harriers struck gold at the County Championships in the tightest of finishes at Bellahouston Park. And it was elation at the finish as the quartet of Sean Lyon, David Tamburini, Paul Monaghan and David Henderson delivered to take the Renfrewshire title.
Club Captain Alan O’Rourke had to draft in 2 of the clubs veterans, in to the A squad, after a couple of late call offs, with Andrew Harkins pulling out in the warm up just a few minutes before the start in what looked like a serious blow to any chance of success.
Lyon’s on the opening leg came through strongly towards the end of the 4km trail coming from 5th position to 2nd before passing on to David Tamburini who held onto 2nd but still trailed Giffnock North by 1 minute. Paul Monaghan maintained the gap behind Giffnock, but had been passed by local rivals Inverclyde AC leaving the Orangefield men a further 20 seconds adrift.
It was a tall order for David, but in his typical fighting spirit he hauled in the gap to take the lead with a quarter of a mile to go and looked certain to take gold, but a spirited fight back from Inverclyde’s Michael Houston almost snatched back the lead as the pair went stride for stride to the line, but it was the Glenpark man that prevailed for an unexpected victory.
A strong B squad placed 8th with the highlights coming from Andrew White and a rejuvenated Alan Henderson.
The Glenpark Ladies A team led by Suzanne Harkins, who had the quickest run on the day and backed by Liz McAuslan and Marion Monk put in a solid display to take 7th place with the B team a couple of place behind with Lisa Ruddy providing their fastest time on the 1st leg.