February/March Race Review

With the weather taking a turn for the worse in February and into March in 2018, there has not been much opportunity for racing among the Glenpark Harriers since the national Cross Country. There have been a few exceptions to this and in some cases, some real success to share. If you have raced in recent months, please let someone at the club know and we can share our story on the website.

With the Alloa Half Marathon cancelled today, we hope that this is rearranged swiftly for all Harriers who had trained for this. Similarly for the cancelled Yound Athletes Races at the Battery Park. Keep an eye out on the website and social media outlets for more information. We also wish good luck to any harriers planning to race in the coming weeks with the Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon and the Tom Scott 10 mile road race coming up shortly.

Inverness Half Marathon

Andrew White headed north on Sunday 11th March to take part in the 2018 Inverness Half Marathon. Andrew had been running great around the tun of the year, with his first club race victory coming at the Harris Trophy. Sadly, an unexpected back injury a few weeks later had put him on the sidelines for a few weeks. However, when Andrew regained his strength to get back on running, he hadn’t missed a beat and was right back out running his high mileage and his pace soon returned.

Andrew ran the Inverness half in 75.53, a 9 second pb! A great run from Andrew. This was enough for a top 20 finish in the race and 2nd v40, narrowly missing out on 1st by 13 seconds. Here’s hoping Andrew can continue this form into Manchester Marathon. The race itself was won by Scottish Commonwealth athlete Robbie Simpson with recent National XC champion Kris Jones in 2nd, with Garscube’s Katie White taking the female prize.

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Valencia Half Marathon

Susie Gilles took herself to warmer climes for the Maraton Rioja de Túria in Valencia for the half marathon on 4th March. Susie managed to get round the tough hilly route in 2.12. Well done Susie, good to see the Glenpark vest making an outing in the Spanish sunshine!

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Greenock parkrun

Greenock parkrun has had to contend with the wild snowfall in late February, and in recent weeks the runners have had to contend with the fierce east wind! However, there has been some success in recent weeks for the harriers at the weekly event.

Young Ava Beaton took almost a minute off of her time on 24th February with a run of 24 minutes dead. On the same day, Ian McKee got his first pb in almost a year with a run of 22.18, and took another 20 seconds off of this time the following week. Sadly his attempt at the pb hattrick died in the howling winds on his next outing on 17th March.

The howling wind hasn’t stopped Chris Mooney picking up a coupe of first place finishes on 10th and 17th March. His sub 17 minute run on the 10th will be a particularly big confidence boost given the grueling conditions. Sue Hewitson has done likewise, powering her way to back to back first lady positions at the same parkrun outings. Sue has now been first lady at Greenock on 61 different occasions!

Some crafty harriers took themselves away from the Greenock wind on 17th March, with harriers popping up at Linwood, Ruchill, Strathclyde and Springburn parkruns.

3k On The Green 

Andy McCall and Nicola Stevenson took themselves down to the February running of 3k on the Green. Andy managed to get there in better time and put in a great run of 10.08! Special mention to Andy, who amidst the red warning of snow on the following Wednesday, got his running gear n in the office, and ran from Glasgow City centre down the road in the fierce weather! True dedication/craziness, you decide…

This was Nicola’s first attempt at the shorter 3k racing distance, and put in a good showing with a time of 13.26, very comparable to her recent 5k times. A quick reminder that the March running of this event falls this Friday 23rd March, register here: http://www.3konthegreen.com/

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