Race Review 1st – 10th June

GAA Miler Meet, 1st June 2018

Chris Mooney and Stephen Trainer took to the track a week past on Friday. Both seniors were taking part in the 3000m heats at Scotstoun Sports Centre in Glasgow. Stephen got round in 8.55 in his heat, just behind Inverclyde Athletic’s John Bell. It was a stacked heat with the likes of Lachlan Oates not making the top 3. Chris’s PB of 9.23 was enough to make it into the top 10 in a much tighter heat, with that time only 16 seconds off of 1st place.

The standard is high in these top heats at the Miler Meets, but there are plenty of opportunities throughout the night for Harriers to test themselves on the track. The next meet in late July has already attracted a good number of entries from Harriers wanting t test themselves at 1500m or 5000m.

3000m: Stephen Trainer 8.55, Chris Mooney 9.23

Vale of Leven 10k, 2nd June 2018

It was a day of success for the Harriers who made the trip to Balloch for the Vale of Leven 10k. In brutally tough conditions, the Harriers dug in on the day and were rewarded with a host of prizes. Mick McLoone was first v50 in a time of  36.43 which was also good for 8th overall. Just ahead of him were Andrew White (1st v40, 4th overall) and Paul Monaghan (2nd v40, 5th overall). Unsurprisingly, that trio was more than good enough to romp home with the team prize on the day, and a chance for a photo with Lachie Stewart.

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Not to be outdone, The Glenpark ladies also secured the team prize. Terry Wall, Claire Monaghan and Heather Kangley were the winners on the day, with Claire also being first in her age category! A great day, for the teams in sky blue, especially for the Monaghan family.

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Results: Andrew White 35.31, Paul Monaghan 35.57, Michael McLoone 36.43, George McCallum 43.24, Claire Monaghan 48.38, Terri Wall 53.26, Heather Kangley 53.26

Milngavie Trail Race, 3rd June 2018

The Milngavie 8.5m trail race was on last Sunday with several Harriers taking part. It was a warm, muggy day with lots of midges enroute! All of the runners took great joy in finishing, earning themselves a medal, beer and as much cake as you could care to eat!

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Results: Sue Hewitson 69.39, Lorna Coyle 75.15, Kevin Gill 76.03,  Terri Wall 83.38, Yvonne Prager 89.20, Silke Loendorf 90.35, James Campbell 92.52

Alloa Half Marathon

The re-arranged Alloa half Marathon took place on Sunday 3rd June in much better weather than the original planned date. Sadly, the rearranged date meant that only 2 harriers managed to make it through. It was worth the hassle for Marianne McKay who smashed her pb with a great time of 1.47.23 (well under her 1.50 target). Ashley Anderson got well under the 2 hour mark with 1.54.26. Alloa is a reasonably tough half marathon, and the warm weather in June would have made it a much tougher shift than previous years.

Glasgow Woman’s 10k

The ever popular Glasgow woman’s 10k was ran through the west end of the city on Sunday, with a great turnout from the Harriers. It was a scortching day and the scenic route through Kelvingrove Park and down past Glasgow Harbour would have been looking at it’s best. The first Harrier back was Lorna Coyle narrowly ahead of Donna Clark with Nicola Stevenson in third. It was the first time a number of the ladies had taken to the 10k distance, including Claire Melville. There was also a PB on the day for Sarah Aitken.

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The day was well publicised in the local and national media, with Nicola Stevenson managing t get herself on the front page of Glasgow’s Evening times on Monday.

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Results: Lorna Coyle 46.04, Donna Clark 46.31, Nicola Stevenson 48.08, Terri Wall 50.06, Heather Kangley 54.09, Eileen Stevenson 56.18, Gill Gilmour 57.57, Sarah Aitken 60.08 (PB), Charlotte McKay 63.08, Claire Melville 63.36, Wenda Crawford 63.39, Emma Benstead 67.07

Bishopton 10k

The Bishopton 10 (and a bit) k was on Sunday 10th June, with a few harriers tempted to make the short trip up the water (perhaps at the promise of a Great British Breakfast). Marianne McKay, Fiona MacFarlane and Jim Cuffe ran in the event, for which I can’t find any results!

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Strathearn Marathon

Fiona Cushnaghan and Viki Smith competed in last Sunday’s Strathearn marathon near Crieff. Fiona describes it as:

Viki Smith and l travelled to Crieff on Sunday to do the Strathearn marathon, it starts at Cultybraggan campsite which was an old prisoner of war camp, there are only about 200 runners…it was very hilly and very hot.

8 wks ago l did Brighton, this one was my 21st.
7 wks ago Viki did Blackpool and today was her 3rd marathon…both of us have had a few injuries and training was not the best, today was more of a training run for the Blades ultra in July.

Everyone was very friendly and the stewards en route were amazing.

Viki 4.37
Fiona 4.54

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