Highland Fling Ultra Marathon
Three hardy (and slightly mad) Harriers took part in this year’s Highland Fling Ultra Marathon. The event sees the runners take on the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way. The race starts in Milngavie and travels through Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inversnaid, Beinglas and Crainlarich before reaching its conclusion in Drymen. The double marathon distance takes on an elevation gain roughly equivalent to two munros!
First home for the club was Mens Captain John Stevenson in just over 9 1/2 hours! This was John’s second ultra marathon, having completed the Devil of the Higlands last Autumn. John was rightly delighted with his time and was in great spirits after the race, even if a little leg weary. Behind him came Stuart Austin, also taking part in his second Ultra Marathon after last year’s Dunoon Ultra. Stuart completed the course in around 11 hours 45 minutes, well within his target of 12 hours. Stuart ran a very well paced race fuelled on a diet of Babybell cheese… Stuart even had the energy at the end to get himself onto the podium, maybe next year for real!
Experienced ultra runner/madman Kevin Gill completed the trio. Kevin had to fight through the urge to stop at the final checkpoint at Beinglass, but was able to keep himself going on until the end, reaching home in just over 15 hours.
Sadly there was no relay event this year, but a good group of Harriers made it out to differnet heckpoints to cheer the runners on. The runners would like to say a big thank you to all of the support teams on the day for keeping them going and the many well wishers on social media. Next stop for each of them is the full 95 mile West Highland Way race in June… Maybe.
Results: John Stevenson 9.33.44, Stuart Austin 11.40.25, Kevin Gill 15.11.54
Stirling Marathon and Half Marathon
This year’s Stirling marathon festival was well attended by Greenock Glenpark Harriers. There were 3 runners in the full marathin and 4 in the half marathon.
The marathin route this year changed from the innagural race last year, with the runners starting in Stirling City Centre rather than Blair Drummond Safari Park. The route took the runners on a loop of Stirlingshire taking in the towns of Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. The race culminated back in Stirling, this year without the need for a few additional loops at the end.
Marathon debutants Chris Watson and Stephen Reid bothed faired very well in their first attempts at the distance. Chris Watson was able to get under the 3 hour 10 barrier on his first attempt. Chris had a good spell of training and will be confident that he can close the gap to the 3 hour barrier in the future. Stephen Had a more distrupted training spell, with injury forcing him to walk the latter part of the recent Glenpark Harriers 10 mile club race. However, on the day, setting off at a steady pace that Stephen was able to maintain for the 26.2 miles, and came in under 4 hours.
Lucas Bezian made his return to the Stirling marathon for his 3rd marathon in the last 12 months. Although he started out with the 3 hour 45 pacer, Lucas was not quite able to stick with it! However, he still put in a great performance to bring home a PB of 4.21.17.
In the half marathon, new Harrier Lisa Boonsanong completed her first ever half marathon in just over the 2 hour mark. Derrick MacNish carried on his recent good form to get a time just over the 90 minute mark. There was also a return to racing for Robert Wilson Snr and Jnr, good to see them back!
Marathon Results: Chris Watson 3.09.45, Stephen Reid 3.54.59, Lucas Bezian 4.21.17
Half Marathon Results: Derrick MacNish 1.30.35, Robert Wilson Jnr 1.30.59, Robert Wilson Snr 1.41.37, Lisa Boonsanong 2.02.37
3k on the Green
A familiar trio of City working Harriers headed down to Glasgow Green for the April running of the 3k race, and all three bagged a PB! Chris Mooney, Andy White and Nicola Stevenson revelled in the spring sunshine to produce fine runs at the friday lunchtime event.
Chris Mooney was first home for the club in 9.12 with Andy not far behind in 9.33. Nicola’s PB on the day was just under the 13 minute mark for the first time. Well done everyone!
Results: Chris Mooney 9.12, Andrew White 9.33, Nicola Stevenson 12.54
Chris Mooney and Andy White showed no ill effects of their runs at 3k on the Green the day before as they took home 1st and 2nd place at Greenock parkrun on Saturday. Elsewhere there were PBs for Sarah Aitken and Kenny Scott.