Sunday 4th February saw Greenock host the annual Renfrewshire Road Races. For once the weather Gods were kind on the runners and mild temperatures and no wind made it absolute perfect conditions for running. The five mile course took the seniors round the Battery Park and out the Esplanade to Campbell Street where they were turned back to retrace their steps, finishing behind the Battery Park pavilion.
Stephen Trainer lead the pack in the early stages before breaking away with Corstorphine AAC runner Dougie Selman. Both runners would break the 25 minute mark for the 5 miles, with Dougie just edging the overall race. However, Stephen was almost 45 seconds clear among the Renfrewshire athletes and took gold from Jack Arnold (Bellahouston Harriers) and Scott MacAuley (Kilbarchan AAC). A superb run from Stephen!
Shaun Lyon put in a great performance, running 25.47 for 4th place in the Renfrewshire standings. It is really promising to see Shaun and Stephen in this form leading into this month’s National Cross Country. Steven Campbell secured the victory in the v40 category with a run of 27.27. The mens top 6 counters were rounded off with good runs from Andrew Osborne, John Stevenson (3rd v40) and Gordon Hepburn, but sadly the team narrowly missed out on the bronze medal position. Not far behind was Graham McGrattan, securing a resounding win in the v60 race.
There was further success in the mens race with the ever smiling Eddie Devine taking home the gold medal in the v70 race. Well done Eddie! Elsewhere, Robin McAuslan put in a really good run and it was good to see the return from Oz of David Roberts.
In the womans race, Sue Hewiton was first female Harrier home in 33.23, narrowly missing out on a v40 medal in the process. It was good run from Sue, who ran well here last year and is just starting to get back to full fitness following an injury hit winter. Donna Clark out sprinted fellow Harrier Stephen Reid to finish in second place out of the female Harriers in 35.00. Lorna Coyle rounded out the top 3 counters for the ladies, who narrowly missed out on a bronze team medal. However, Lorna was able to claim silver in the v50 category having raced on Saturday too!
There was a great fun from Fiona MacFarlane to break 37 minutes. Marianne McKay also raced at the vets cross country mudbath on Saturday, so it was good to see her finish the back to back. Kilbarchan AAc were the big winners on the day in the ladies races. Gemma Rankin led home team mate Elspeth Curran to take gold, with Catriona MacDonald of Bellahouston Road Runners taking bronze.
Overall, there was a great turnout from Glenpark with 25 seniors and 26 juniors running on the day. There was also a huge contingent of supporters lining the routes. The seniors were treated to yells of encouragement throughout, hardly running a minute without someone else cheering them on.
Senior 5 mile results:
Stephen Trainer 24:47, Shaun Lyon 25:47, Steven Campbell 27:27, Andrew Osborne 29:11 John Stevenson 29:36, Gordon Hepburn 30:29, Chris Watson 31:18, Graham McGrattan 31:27, Stephen Hanley, 31:28, David Roberts 32:37, Sue Hewitson 33:23, Duncan Anderson 33:55, Robin McAuslan 34:04, Stephen Reid 35:00, Donna Clark 35:00, Lorna Coyle 36:42, Fiona McFarlane 36:53, Sandra Campbell 37:38, Marianne McKay 37:55, Claire Monaghan 38:46, Kenny Scott 38:54, Robert Rideout 40:09, Gerry Gillespie 44:37, Grace Campbell 45:07, Edward Devine 50:50