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.
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)