10 Harriers headed south to Manchester for the first big marathon of this season in what was a busy weekend for the North England city. Even with some hiccups on their travels down, the hardy group put in some stellar performances in the sky blue vests (unlike their sky blue Manchester counterparts the evening before).
Andy White was first harrier home in an impressive pb of 2.41.48, taking over 5 minutes off of his previous pb in his 8th attempt at the marathon distance. A really strong period of training in recent months has seen Andy’s times plummet on all fronts and this was a well deserved pb. His pacing on the day was impressive, and a lesson for any runner looking to master this distance.
Mens captain John Stevenson broke the 3 hour barrier in style with a run of just over 2.55 which smashed his previous best marathon times! John has improved his running over the last few years by piling on the miles and his times over every distance have been slashed as a result. Next home was George McCallum who broke his target of 3 1/2 hours and has shown signs that this time could continue to fall. Kevin Gill and newcomer Dannie Seddon came in around the 4.12 mark. it was Dannie’s first outing in a harriers vest and Kevin continued to impress on such little training for the distance.
Ian Hanley can in in 4.26, a pb for Ian even if it wasn’t quite as fast as his training had merited, however you cannot deny that he put blood, sweat and tears into his effort. Especially blood…
Not to be outdone by her husband, Eileen Stevenson smashed her previous marathon pb in a great run of 4.31. Not far behind were the Austins, with both Angeline and Stuart making their debut over the marathon distance. Angeline’s marathon training paid off with a great run of 4.38, comfortably beating her better half by 15 seconds. Stuart has of course ran an ultra before, and will be happy with the progress he is making towards the Highland Fling in a fortnight’s time. Simon Hutton battled through the worst of the travel problems and accommodation issues to finish his first marathon in just over the 5 hour mark.
Andrew White 2.41.48, John Stevenson 2.55.02, George McCallum 3.27.01, Kevin Gill 4.12.03, Dannie Seddon 4.12.48, Ian Hanley 4.26.13, Eileen Stevenson 4.31.23, Angeline Austin 4.38.07, Stuart Austin 4.38.22, Simon Hutton 5.03.52
Tom Scott 10 Mile Road Race
Stephen Trainer took almost a minute off of his 10 mile pb at this year’s Tom Scott 10 mile road race en route to a 4th place finish in a strong field at Strathclyde Park. His run of 50.36 was good enough for 2nd place in the West District Championships, with GB athlete and Giffnock North runner Luke Traynor taking first overall in 47.59. Stephen was able to turn the tables and finish ahead of Corstorphine athlete Dougie Selman who pipped him at the recent 5 mile Renfrewshire Road Race.
Another string performance on the day from Chris Mooney seen him finish 18th overall and fighting off some real strong runners from across Scotland. Mick McLoone was happy to break the hour mark on the day and finished in 59.04 which was good enough for 2nd v50. Paul Beaton continued his recent improvements and put in a good run to finish in 63.39.
Stephen Trainer 50.36, Chris Mooney 54.13, Mick McLoone 59.04, Paul Beaton 63.39
Greenock parkrun celebrated it’s 200th run in style with 195 runners turning up at the Esplanade on the last day of March. To mark the occasion, a bunch of Harriers put on a pacer number and helped many others achieve a pb. Claire Monaghan, Nicola Stevenson, Ian McKee, Lucas Bezian and young Erin McEleny all getting pbs on the day. Andy White and Donna Clark took the first places.
It was great to see over 50 Harrier there on the day running and plenty more volunteering at the free timed local event. The parkrun in Greenock has brought so many new faces to the club in recent years, so here’s to the next 200 runs!
A week later, over 30 Harriers turned out for the first parkrun in April with Paul Beaton and Claire Melville getting PBs on the day. It was 2 PBs in 3 weeks for Paul who is hitting some good form coming into the busier Spring running schedule. Stephen Trainer was first over the line in around 15.15 which would have been a clear Greenock parkrun PB if he had remembered either of his barcodes!
Some harriers were parkrunning further afield that weekend, with the Stevensons doing the Stretford parkrun as a warm up for the marathon the next day. Marianne McKay and her girls were part of the first ever Fort William parkrun, which sound like it could be a great event.