Great Scottish Run

There were some outstanding performances from the Harriers at this weekend’s Great Scottish Run. First up were the junior races on Saturday, where Harry and Ruby McGill took part in the 2.5k race.

Harry and Ruby with half-marathon winner Moses Kipsiro

Harry and Ruby with half-marathon winner Moses Kipsiro

GSR Junior 2.5k
9:38 Harry McGill
14:52 Ruby McGill

GSR 10k
Next up on Sunday morning was the 10k. There was an impressive Harriers debut for new member Mark Vance, as he was first home for the club in 38:20. Robert Dolan and Brian McCluskey also had good runs to record new personal bests, and there were encouraging performances from Kirsty Ormond and Nicola Stevenson.

38:20 Mark Vance
38:45 Robert Dolan (PB)
39:19 Brian McCluskey (PB)
41:46 Ross Slater
47:19 Kirsty Ormond (PB)
48:51 Frank McMahon
49:58 Nicola Stevenson
51:11 Claire Monaghan
59:09 Nathalie Smith
66:59 Kimberley Stevenson
70:29 Pauline McCluskey

GSR Half Marathon
In the main event, the half-marathon, Shaun Lyon and Paul Monaghan produced the stand-out performances, which were beyond expectations, even given their recent good form. Shaun, following on from his recent 10k PB, knocked nearly 2 and a half minutes off his previous best half marathon finishing 27th in the high quality field packed with elite athletes. Paul improved on his previous best by 90 seconds, to dip under the 75 minute mark, which qualifies for a championship entry for the London marathon, finishing in the top 50 and 6th in his age category.

Gordy Hepburn and David Roberts also had good runs, both dipping under the 90 minute mark. There were also PBs for Steven Smith and John Carruthers, and good half marathon debuts from Stewart Anderson and Simon Hutton, and John Stevenson had another good run, only a week after completing the Loch Ness marathon.

1:11:56 Shaun Lyon (PB)
1:14:51 Paul Monaghan (PB)
1:19:48 David Henderson
1:28:26 Gordy Hepburn
1:29:57 David Roberts
1:35:45 Stewart Anderson
1:37:03 John Stevenson
1:40:40 Steven Smith (PB)
1:47:46 John Carruthers (PB)
1:51:29 Irene McVicar
1:56:38 Simon Hutton
2:03:16 Susie Gillies
2:04:05 Anne Anderson
2:04:10 Yvonne Prager
2:17:47 Ian Hanley

Neil McCover Half Marathon
Just North of the city, Danny McLaughlin had a good run in the Neil McCover half-marathon in Kirkintilloch, a race which also counts as the Scottish Vets half-marathon championship. Danny finished 15th overall and 2nd in the M55-59 age group.

1:24:09 Danny McLaughlin

Glencoe Marathon
Even further North, 4 hardy Harriers took on the very challenging Glencoe Marathon. Defending his title, Kevin O’Donoghue improved on his winning time from last year, but just missed out on a podium place, finishing 4th in a stronger field this year. Paul Beaton also improved on his time from last year to finish 13th.

Kev, Paul, Kev, and Boyd

Kev O, Paul, Kev G, and Boyd

3:31:37 Kevin O’Donoghue
3:55:09 Paul Beaton
4:49:01 Kevin Gill
5:59:45 Boyd MacKenzie

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