Over 100 Harriers and supporters braved the choppy crossing to Dunoon on Saturday for the 12th annual running of the Willie Jukes Road Races. Ran in memory of the late Willie Jukes, the annual club race takes place at the far end of the town’s Victoria Parade and is always a popular race for the club.
The senior race takes the runners south from the Promenade out 2.5 miles along the main road to Toward. After 2.5 miles, the runners turn back and head to the finish line on the Promenade. This year we were not treated to quite the same fine weather as previous years, but the lighter breeze into the runners face on the way out was a much welcome change. This made for better times too, with some runners taking great chunks out of their personal bests on the route.
Donna Campbell got her first win of the season in the ladies race. Donna now jumps to the head of the Championship table owing to her consistency over the season, finishing on the podium for 5 of the 6 races she has ran. Marian Monk leads the chasing pack but missed out due to injury, but was still out there on the day giving encouragement at the turn. Lorna Coyle was not far behind with Marianne McKay in third.
Claire Monaghan had another great run, adding to some other fine performances this season. She was narrowly pipped to first place in the handicap ace. New member Matthew Young took home his first club trophy in only his third race for the club. After all the maths were done, Matthew finished 14 seconds ahead of Claire with Lucas Bezian and Duncan Anderson sharing joint third place. Duncan has now made a late surge up the handicap standings with this 3rd place added to his 4th place at the Docherty Cup. It was a tightly contested handicap race with the top 12 all finishing within 2 minutes of the lead.
The senior race was hotly contested by the club’s two form horses in Chris Mooney and Andrew White. They both set out into the wind at a good string pace, and did not let up on the way back either. Chris was able to build a small gap on the way back, which despite Andrew’s strong finish, he was able to hold onto for his third win in a row. Steven Campbell clung onto his lead at the top of the senior championship by finishing in 3rd position on the day. The next 3 finishers were all recent marathoners in Andrew Osborne, Robert Dolan and Chris Watson.
Young Alan Mollins took part in the race on his return from injury. The Glenpark youngster was able to get in a good group of runners and worked with them to finish in a good time of just under 32 minutes. Elsewhere there were good runs on the day from Ian McKee, Chris Jones and David McCorkindale.
The harriers would like to say a big thank you to the Jukes family for their continued support of the race and for the donations on the day. Thank you also to Sinbads for hosting our post run celebrations. Finally a big thank you to James Campbell and Travis Perkins for race sponsorship.
Results (handicap time in brackets): Chris Mooney 27.18 (26.18), Andrew White 27.23 (25.23), Steven Campbell 29.38 (27.08) Andrew Osborne 30.07 (26.07), Robert Dolan 30.14 (24.44), Chris Watson 30.43 (24.43), Chris Jones 30.58 (25.58), Paul Beaton 31.05 (26.05), Alan Mollins 31.58 (26.58), Danny McLaughlin 32.10 (26.40), Duncan Anderson 32.44 (24.14), David McCorkindale 32.46 (26.46), Stephen Hanley 33.27 (25.27), Graham McGrattan 33.40 (26.40), Malcolm McLean 34.14 (26.44), Matthew Young 35.00 (24.00), Ian McKee 35.04 (25.04), Alan O’Rourke 35.30 (26.30), Donna Campbell 35.50 (26.20), Lorna Coyle 36.29 (25.59), Marianne McKay 37.16 (25.16), Robin McAuslan 37.30 (28.30), Claire Monaghan 37.43 (24.13), Ian Hanley 37.50 (24.50), Lucas Bezian 38.14 (24.14), Cheryl Thomas 38.27 (26.57), Steven Watson 38.32 (30.32), Kenny Scott 38.42 (25.12), Gerry Gillespie 38.54 (26.24), Ashley Anderson 39.47 (27.47), Leslie McKay 40.16 (27.16), Viki Smith 41.13 (29.13), Patrick Harte 42.15 (27.15), James Campbell 44.01 (28.01)