There were some fine performances at the Harriers Cornalees Hill races from both the Junior & Senior athletes. Marian Monk retained her title, running clear of Marianne McKay who just managed to pull away from Cheryl Thomas on the final drop from the “Cut”. Chris Mooney was a convincing winner leading from start to finish with guest runner Graham Hyett taking the runners up spot after coming through strongly in the 2nd half of the race to pass Paul Monaghan and Andrew White.
It was another great turnout from the junior Harriers following last week’s track & field championships. This time instead of the flat of the track, 19 of them faced the ½ mile steep hill climb from Pennyfern up to the Greenock Cut.
In the warm summer heat it was under 15 boys Cameron Patton and Shaun Wiseman who led the way. Their previous encounter at Dunoon finished in a dead heat, so it was expected to be close again, and it was. The pair stayed together all the way to the finish, but on this occasion Cameron was able to gain a few metres on Shaun to take the win. Douglas Campbell in 3rd gained maximum points in the under 11 category.
Katie Johnson was quickest girl, holding off the challenge of Ava Beaton, with Sophie McLaughlan taking third. This gave Katie her first victory of this season’s club championship.
Again the coaches were pleased with all the juniors’ performances, this was highlighted by the big improvement in times by those who competed in the race last year.
Junior ½ Mile Race: Cameron Patton 2.50, Shaun Wiseman 2.52, Douglas Campbell 3.16, Katie Johnson 3.18, Connor McCrorey 3.24, Ava Beaton 3.25, David Docherty 3.29, Leo Beaton 3.33, Sophie McLaughlan 3.41, Patrick McCabe 3.45, Abbie Tosh 3.47, Maria McCabe 3.54, Ruari Trainer 3.57, Alex Wiseman 3.58, Erin McEleny 4.02, Olivia Trainer 4.11, Leah Knox 4.19, Murray Brown 4.21, Aimee McEleny 5.08,
Senior 5Mile Race: Chris Mooney 34.54, Graham Hyett 35.41, Paul Monaghan 36.38, Andrew White 36.58, Andrew McCall 37.13, Daniel Doherty 38.01, Danny McLaughlin 40.36, Stephen Hanley 41.53, Ryan Brown 42.12, Richard Davidson 42.53, Graham McGrattan 44.00, Matthew Young 48.39, David Roberts 44.33, Mick Harrington 48.54, Marian Monk 50.05, Stephen Reid 51.16, Marianne McKay 52.06, Cheryl Thomas 52.19, Donna Campbell 55.24, Simon Hutton 65.54,