Donna Clark and George McCallum ventured east for this year’s Edinburgh Marathon. Donna has been running really well of late, and has picked up a host of Harriers prizes. Her training was all geared up for the marathon. This was her second attempt, with her previous time being 4 hours 11. This time however, Donna smashed that pb to pieces running a time of 3.38.41! Over a half hour quicker, well done Donna!
George was competing his second marathon of 2018, having completed Manchester a few months back. Despite an interruption for a call of nature, George still managed a pb of 3.25.49! His big target of 3.25 may have been narrowly missed, but that is still a great time.
Greenock Glenpark’s men rounded off the third and final Babcock 10k race with a 2nd placed team finish at Shettleston on Sunday. The guys had come third at the last 2 races, but this time they finished 1 place ahead of Inverclyde AC. Stephen Trainer placed third on the day with a run of 32.10 in slightly tougher conditions than the previous Thursday at Dumbarton. This was good enough for a district silver medal for the West District 10k championship. Going one better was Andrew White who claimed gold in the West District v40 category.
10 harriers turned out on the sunny Sunday to complete the course. Same as last years inaugural race, the route took runners around Glasgow Green with a short trip over the Clyde and alongside Shawfield Stadium. One of the best runs came from Fiona MacFarlane who has just about shaken off a bad injury and got round in under the 50 minute mark.
Results: Stephen Trainer 32.10, Chris Mooney 33.53, Andrew White 34.39, Steven Campbell 36.34, Stephen Reid 45.24, Cheryl Thomas 48.36, Marianne McKay 48.52, Fiona MacFarlane 49.49, Fiona Cushnaghan 55.28, Emma Benstead 65.37
MoK Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Races
4 harriers headed over to Campbeltown for the annual MOK run weekend. Kicking things off on the Saturday were Cameron Paton and Jude Dolan running in the 12-14 year old boys race, both boys had won this event in previous years but the jump up an age group proved too much as the current course record holder Gregor Campbell led from the start and won in a time of 6m23s. Cameron took the bragging rights finishing in front of Jude with both boys breaking 8 minutes.
On the Sunday Robert Dolan was running the half marathon and Malcolm Maclean running the 10k, both races start at the same time and separate at the 1k mark and Robert soon realised he was in 3rd position in the half after a fast first mile, after turning at 7 miles on Machrihanish beach into a head wind he started to slow and eventually finished in a time of 1.33 and 13th place out of the 200 that ran the half. Malcolm finished the 10k in a time of 47.57.
Black Rock 5
Nine Glenpark Harriers headed east to the Kingdom of Fife on Friday night to take on the famous Black Rock 5 race in the village of Kinghorn. The race begins in the village centre and 1000 runners follow the road downhill onto the beach. The event coincides with low tide to allow the ‘Black Rock’ to be reached on foot across the wet sands. Competitors run round the rock and back to the village by the same route. The popular race has been staged annually for the last 30 years and sees the whole local community gather on the streets to cheer on the athletes.
Veteran 60 runner Graham McGrattan stamped his class on the race, finishing an impressive 4th in his age category and being the first harrier home. This is especially positive given it was Graham’s first attempt at this unique race. Well done Graham!
Stephen Watson and Stuart Austin were next home separated by only a few seconds. Stephen Reid showed the benefits of his recent Stirling Marathon training by finishing one full minute faster than last year. Graeme Crawford, also a debutant at this race, did well to finish in 39:19. He really thrives in the off-road events and also enjoyed loud support on the beach from his family. Simon Hutton made the return to the Black Rock for the 2nd time in 3 years. His time was slower than previously, but he was pleased to get back to racing after a disrupted season. Angeline Austin enjoyed the atmosphere in her 4th attempt at this race. Husband and wife team, David and Emma Benstead finished together to complete the Glenpark involvement, with Emma improving on her time from last year.
The runners stayed back in the village to enjoy cold refreshments issued to all finishers by race sponsors. An excellent race and an a great community event.
Results: Graham McGrattan (30:23), Steven Watson (32:32) Stuart Austin (32:35) Stephen Reid (32:48), Graeme Crawford (39:19), Simon Hutton (41:07), Angeline Austin (44:05), David Benstead (49:26) Emma Benstead (49:35)
Odlo Glentres Races
It was a family affair at Glentress Mountain Bike range in Peebles on Friday night where Marianne McKay and Erin McEleny (9) took part in races while on a family day out mountain biking. Both female Harriers took part in the Family 2.5k trail race which included an adult and child team (children age 8-13 years). The race was mainly uphill on forest road before disappearing into the woods on an undulating rocky bike track. Erin picked up the pace with 500m to go with mum trying to keep up as this was supposed to be a warm up run prior to her main race. They placed 7th overall (3rd Female) out of a field of 23 with a time of 14.59.
Marianne was then fully warmed up for the main event. The Odlo Glentress 11, a race which was inspired by the Odlo Glentress seven MTB endurance race which is run on the same course as the bike race. The course is just under 11k with the highest point over 400m. The course is on bike trails, boardwalk, with some technical rocky sections and is mainly uphill and undulating with some short steep descents. One of which Marianne felt the full force of when she tried to overtake on and missed the left hand turn at the bottom and flew gracefully head first into the bushes, however recovered quicker than she went down with a few scrapes and a bruised ego. Marianne finished the race with a strong downhill section taking a few places on route to finish 3rd V40 and 6th female overall out of a field of 66 females (113 total) with a time of 1:07:14.
3k on the Green
Andrew White was in elite company at this month’s 3k on the Green. GB athlete Luke Traynor used the race as his 4th 3k effort in a training session, and set a course record of 8.20 in the process! Andrew continued his streak of PBs with a time of 9.33. It doesn’t look like there is a race set for June, so next one is Friday 27th July.