Helensburgh 10k and Race Round-up

Helensburgh 10k

The first of this year’s Babcock 10k series started on the familiar route in Helensburgh last Thursday. The route starts at the high school and takes runners the length of the Argyll town before turning back for home. These events are always popular with Harriers, giving them a great opportunity to get a shot at 10k PBs. This year was no different, with the first 2 harriers home getting PBs. This set up our senior men for a 3rd place in the team prize, with Chris Mooney, Andy White and Paul Monaghan bringing it home. Andy continuing his good form by securing 1st v40 and a pb and going on to get a 5k PB a few days later at Greenock parkrun. Chris was impressively 6th overall, which earned him a PB. It was good to see Paul Monaghan back out running a strong time, with Steven Campbell just behind him.

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Cheryl Thomas was the first female harrier home and also secured a pb for herself. All Harriers are now set up for this week’s Dumbarton 10k, wth another night of bright sunshine forecast. Dumbarton tends to reward runners with a great PB chance, so fingers crossed!

Results: Chris Mooney 33.46 (6th overall, PB), Andrew White 34.29 (1st v40, PB), Paul Monaghan 35.18, Steven Campbell 35.27, Andrew Osborne 37.11, Stephen Reid 45.18, Cheryl Thomas 47.20 (PB), Craig Melrose 50.31, David Benstead 50.46, Emma Benstead 70.10

Whangie Whizz

Nicola Stevenson gave one of the Westerland Hill Races a go at this years Whangie Wizz. The race is to the summit of Auchineden Hill and back down near Carbeth. Nicola completed it in 47.29 and was not put off the thought of completing more hill races this summer!

Road to the Isles Half Marathon

Ross Neilson ran in this years Road to the Isles Half Marathon. The route takes runners from just shy of Arisaig into the town of Mallaig, through stunning scenery along the way. Despite stopping for a breather behind a level crossing, Ross still completed the route in 1.35.53.

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Ben Lomond Hill Race

Andy McCall and Paul Beaton treated themselves to fantastic day out at Ben Lomond on Saturday for the Westerlands Ben Lomond Hill Race. The race to the summit and back down on Ben Lomond is a climb of over 3000 feet. This year’s race was ran in scorching sunshine, and both Andy and Paul deserved their well earned beer and dip in the Loch after. Paul wasn’t far off of Andy at the top of the hill, but Andy likes to fly down the slopes and finished a few minutes ahead of his team mate. Great running from both of them.

Results: Andy McCall 1:31:22, Paul Beaton 1:34:34

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