This year’s Chisholm Mile was ran on Tuesday night in near perfect conditions. abrisk easterly wind was blowing as runners raced from the Campbell Street end of the Esplanade heading west to the boat club. 105 runners took part in another well attended race, giving them the rare chance to test themselves over the 1 mile distance.
Victories on the night both came to guest runners. Alistair Campbell of Cambuslang and Elspeth Curran of Kilbarchan. Elspeth won this race in 2016, and was pipped on the line in 2017, but made amends this year in a time of 4.55. Leading the pack of Glenpark Harriers was Stephen Trainer in 5th overall position in a time of 4.24. Chris Mooney took over the top of the senior championship tables with his run of 4.38 for second place, and Andrew White claimed the honours in the Harriers v40 battle with Paul Monaghan and Steven Campbell. Young Harry McGill once again showed the men how it’s done with his great time of 4.43, making him 3rd overall for the Harriers and first junior.
Another Glenpark junior, Ruby McGill, was the first female harrier home. Some of the newer female harrier members like Sandra Campbell and Cheryl Thomas impressed on the night in their first attempts at the race. As did recent parkrun pb specialists Claire Melville and Charlotte McKay.
Elsewhere in the mens race, there was great run by Chris Watson who was pushed all the way by Stephen Hanley, both finishing in 5.11. Chris edged it on the line, but the time was a pb for both runners. Graham McGrattan took the honours in the v50 and v60 categories, holding off Danny McLaughlin for the v50 points. One of the runs of the night came from Ian Hanley. Helping out the junior training sessions in the last few months has allowed Ian to get stuck in with the sprint sessions, and his pbtime of 6.04 was just reward. Similarly, Lucas Bezian made good use of his love for sprinting with a time of 6.23.
Other notable pbs included Graeme Crawford, taking 9secs off of his time but that wasn’t enough to avoid being shown a clean set of heels by son Cameron. Daughter Abbigael also recorded a 12 second pb on the night.
Glenpark Harriers young athletes all showed a remarkable progress on their performance on the same race 12 months previously. Leading the way was Harry McGill who put up a strong challenge against the senior athletes finishing in 11th place overall. The thickness of their vests separated Ryan Brown and Joshua Ruddy as the pair edged out club champion Steven Campbell on the line. The run of the night however undoubtedly came from 10 year old Euan Johnson, the youngster going under 6 minutes leaving many of the adults in his wake along the “splash”.
Running him close was Ruby McGill who was first Glenpark female on the night, beating all her senior club mates, with Katie Johnson a short distance behind. Just behind was Sophie McLaughlan who reversed a 1 second defeat by Ava Beaton by the same margin as their previous encounter last month at Dunoon. The biggest improvements on the night came from Leah Knox, Francesca McKay, Olivia Trainer and Douglas Campbell.
Big thank you to all the volunteers and runners who turned for the race. It is always a great night, but couldn’t happen without the support of the volunteers and the help of a strong contingent of Harriers and guests. Thank you also to our race sponsors for the night Inverclyde Leisure.
Junior 1 Mile results: Harry McGill 4.43, Ryan Brown 5.00, Joshua Ruddy 5.00, Cameron Patton 5.46, Jude Dolan 5.49, Shaun Wiseman 5.50, Euan Johnson 5.55, Ruby McGill 6.08, Ben Campbell 6.09, Aidan McElwee 6.12, Katie Johnson 6.14, Douglas Campbell 6.20, Sophie McLaughlan 6.23, Ava Beaton 6.24, Patrick McCabe 6.28, Connor McCrorey 6.31, David Docherty 6.34, Alex Wiseman 6.42, Finlay Hurrell 6.43, Abbie Tosh 6.47, Cameron Crawford 6.52, Maria McCabe 6.53, Olivia Trainer 7.00, Leo Beaton 7.13, Erin McEleny 7.15, Francesca McKay 7.19, Oliver Jones 7.20, Leah Knox 7.31, Charlotte Jones 7.33, Lewis Scott 7.51, Nathan McCorkindale 7.52, Murray Brown 8.01, Rachel Hurrell 8.05, Emily Hurrell 8.07, Abbigael Crawford 8.18, Aimee McEleny 8.30, Ruari Trainer 8.38, Finlay McKeegan 9.01, Matthew Ross 9.04, Stella McCabe 9.09, Olly Johnston 14.31.
Senior 1 Mile results: Alistair Campbell 4.12, Cameron Watson 4.17, John Bell 4.19, Calum Hunter 4.22, Stephen Trainer 4.24, Gordon Robertson 4.28, Craig Jardine 4.33, Chris Mooney 4.38, Stuart Kerr 4.41, David Tamburini 4.42, Andrew White 4.52, Elspeth Curran 4.55, Paul Monaghan 4.56, Stevie Campbell 5.01, Paul Beaton 5.08, Andy McCall 5.09, Ryan Waldron 5.10, Neil Lafferty 5.10, Chris Watson 5.11, Stephen Hanley 5.11, Gary McKendrick 5.16, Chris Jones 5.19, Sean Marshall 5.25, Peter Jardine 5.26, Robert Dolan 5.32, Claire Thompson 5.34, Graham McGrattan 5.38, David McCorkindale 5.38, Tayvon Adamson 5.43, George McCallum 5.46, Danny McLaughlin 5.48, Matthew Young 5.54, Gordon Ritchie 5.54, Ian McKee 5.57, Leah Cameron 5.59, Alan O’Rourke 5.59, Mick Harrington 6.02, Micky Dunn 6.03, Stephen Reid 6.03, Ian Hanley 6.04, Robin McAuslan 6.10, Marian Smith 6.11, Shaun McFarlane 6.12, Jim Cuffe 6.15, Sandra Campbell 6.16, Lucas Bezian 6.18, Gerry Gallacher 6.22, Cheryl Thomas 6.30, Claire Monaghan 6.32, Douglas Nicholson 6.36, Alex Paterson 6.40, Marieanne McKay 6.41, Gerry Gillespie 6.44, Graeme Crawford 7.02, Neil Thompson 7.03, Heather Lafferty 7.12, Simon Hutton 7.21, SarahJane Whalen 7.41, Gill Gilmour 7.47, Claire Melville 7.54, Fiona Cushnaghan 8.02, Charlotte McKay 8.32, Eddie Devine 8.44, Andrew Cameron 12.08.