Festive parkrun Review

Greenock parkrun – 23rd December

No pbs for any of the 23 Harriers who attended the parkrun on the Saturday before Christmas, with many either saving their legs for that afternoon’s Glenpark Harriers Wilson Trophy race or perhaps for running around the shops doing last minute Christmas shopping…

Mick McLoone was the first finisher on the day in 17.15. Lorna Coyle and Sue Hewitson were 2nd and 3rd finishing ladies.

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Christmas Day Greenock parkrun

Turkey dinner, the Queen’s speech and trying to beat the big zebra at Greenock parkrun; the 3 cornerstones of a traditional Christmas Day. 34 Glenpark Harriers tore themselves away from their presents to take part in the 5k along the Esplanade, with 13 of them managing to beat that pesky zebra!

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Stephen Trainer got himself a shiny new barcode from Santa and used it to great success, finishing first in 15.55 from Inverclyde’s Cameron Watson in second. There was a Christmas pb for Andy White in third closely followed by Chris Mooney. Andrew’s pb was the only one of the day for the harriers, who were obviously enjoying themselves far too much! Sue Hewitson was second female finisher with Lorna Coyle in third.

Greenock parkrun – 30th December

Only the hardiest of harriers made it along to the Esplanade on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year. It was a wild blustery morning coming the day after the heavy winter snowfall. But more poignantly, it came the day after the Harrier Christmas Party!

Viki Smith was able to get a Greenock parkrun pb of 25.17 in the windy conditions. Viki has ran sub 24 at Pollock parkrun, but this was her best time in her 29 runs at Greenock. Stephen Hanley was first harrier in 4th position with Sue Hewitson the first lady finisher.

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New Year’s Day parkruns

New Year’s Day provides the opportunity for runners to savour 2 parkruns in one day. However, with the cancellation of Linwood, few harriers were salivating over the prospect of Drumchapel parkrun followed by Greenock and then perhaps even the Lyle Mile! However, not much deters the Stevensons from a challenge and John and Eileen gave the double header a bash. Sue Hewitson and Emma Benstead also made the double parkrun, but John was the only one who completed the hat-trick with the Lyle Mile at the end.

31 harriers made it along to the Esplanade for the later starting parkrun, allowing time for the hangovers to settle. However, no pbs were achieved by them on the day, perhaps with many saving their legs for the run up Lyle Hill. Andrew White was first male harrier in 2nd lace overall, just outside his pb from the previous week. Sue Hewitson was first female harrier to finish in 3rd place overall.

Greenock parkrun – 6th January

There was a good Harriers turnout for parkrun on 6th January, with 21 members in attendance. Many chose to go for the club race in the afternoon, but some tried both. George McCallum was first Harrier home in 3rd position overall with a time of 19.34. Rhonda White was first female Harrier in 23.54, and it’s great to see the former ladies champion back out running again.

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Kanata parkrun 16th December

Greenock parkrun was cancelled due to the ice on 16th December. However, a wee bit (well, several foot) of snow didn’t cancel the Kanata parkrun near Ottawa, Canada. Glenpark Harrier Stephen Hanley took on the Saturday morning 5k in -20deg temperatures whilst on holiday visiting family. In totally unfamiliar conditions, Stephen managed to keep his cool and finish first in just over 23 minutes. It’s great to see the far reaching effects of parkrun, which has just started to filter into Canada in the last year. The Kanata parkrun was set up by a couple of ex-pats from London and the run director this week was from Bridge of Weir who’s mother is a regular at Linwood parkrun. It may not have been a pb course, but running on snow in those temperatures was a great experience!

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