After a one year hiatus, the popular Balloch to Clydebank half marathon returned on Sunday 25th March. 16 Harriers made the journey across the water to take part, many eyeing a chance at a PB on a good course. It was a bright calm day with a light breeze gently assisting the runners, a stark contrast to the blustery conditions in the preceding weeks.
Daniel Doherty just fought off Andrew Osborne to be the first harrier home in just under 82 minutes. Sue Hewitson was first lady harrier in just under 1.36, a great run from Sue not far off her PB.
Nicola Stevenson recorded one of the biggest PBs on the day with a run of 1.46.20. Nicola ad been aiming for sub 1.45, but that PB is still a whopping 7 minute improvement! At this rate, the 1.45 mark is not far off. Another really impressive run was from Donna Clark to break 1.40 for the first time, and by some margin. Donna ran 1.37.24 to come in 2nd out of the ladies on the day. Kirsty Ormond was third lady in a PB of 1.41.13, taking 2 minutes off of her time from Alloa this time last year.
Stephen Reid put his recent hard work in marathon training to good use and got a PB by over a minute in 1.37.33. Also showing good signs in his marathon training was Robert Dolan, with a solid run of 1.24.45 which will stand him in good stead for London in a few weeks. Gordon Hepburn was close to his PB in 1.27.12 and Boyd MacKenzie dipped under the 1.50 mark in 1.49.15.
Both Graeme and Wenda Crawford got PBs. Graeme finished in 2.05.02 and Wenda in 2.14.26, both taking good time off of their previous best at Edinburgh last year. The great turnout on the day was rounded off with good runs from Susie Gillies, Ann Anderson, Heather Kangley and Terry Wall. Big thank you to the support teams including Abbigael and Cameron Crawford with their babysitters Emma and David Benstead, as well as mens captain John Stevenson and dog Oreo. Well done everyone!
Greenock parkrun 24.03.18
Elsewhere this past weekend the weather was more favourable at the Greenock parkrun. 6 harriers were able to get new PBs on the day. It was a family affair with Charlotte McKay and granddaughter Erin McEleney getting a new PB on the day. Similarly, Ava Beat and her father Paul both got a PB too. Paul getting under the 19 minute mark for the first time. There were also PBs for Derrick MacNish and Cheryl Thomas, who was celebrating her 50th parkrun along with fellow harrier David Benstead.
Speaking of milestones, Greenock parkrun is celebrating it’s 200th run this Saturday, 31st March. If you can, please try and get along and help Greenock parkrun reach their target of breaking the 200 runner mark on their big day!