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 Marian 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…
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, Marian 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