Vets 5k and Race Review

Vets 5k, Clydebank, 27.06.18

A healthy contingent of Harriers headed to Clydebank last week for the Scottish Veteran Harriers 5k road race. The route around the Clydebank Business Park is a notoruiously fast course, so many went with PB ambitions. However, the recent heatwave had other ideas. The 30 degree heat put pay to many of the Harriers attempts at a pb, and most were just happy to finish!

Chris Mooney lead the pack home in 8th place overall with a time of 16.21, showing that the temperatures didn’t affect him too much with this time just off his pb. Paul Monaghan also broke 17 minutes in 16.46 and Mick McLoone narrowly missed out on 1st M50 prize by 1 second with a time of 17.22. Graham McGrattan and Danny McLaughlin both managed to get into the top 3 for their age categorys as well.

A few ‘youngsters’ headed up to take part as guest runners, with Chris Watson and Gordy Hepburn both comfortably breaking 20 minutes. Duncan narrowly missed out on the sub 20 mark, but was just happy to avoid the square go between runners and pedestrains on the busy course!

Results: Chris Mooney 16.21, Paul Monaghan 16.46, Michael McLoone 17.22, Daniel Doherty 17.26, Chris Watson 18.44, Gordon Hepburn 19.06, Danny McLaughlin 19.29,Graham McGrattan 19.58, Duncan Anderson 20.09, Kevin Gill 22.30, Angela Hill 34.08

Calderglen Harriers 10k

Only 2 Hardy Harriers headed to East Kilbride on Friday night for the Calderglen Harriers 10k trail race. It was a first time at this race for both Viki Smith and Marianne McKay and with the current hot weather the organisers advised they had set up a water station at the half way mark. The race is set within Calderglen Country Park and it’s surrounding areas. As well as a 10k race there is also a 1k, 3k and 5k trail race so this event is suitable for the whole family.

There were 383 runners over all race distances on the night with 209 of them taking on the 10k. The race is a great mix of terrain to test you at every step. Stoney paths, dirt track, boardwalk, through woods over logs, up and down steps and lots of steady climbs and descents. This race is definitely one to tick off the list at a mere £10.50 registration fee which includes a free technical t-shirt and a post race buffet.

Marianne was the first Harrier home in 54:18,.Viki came racing over the line in well under the hour mark in 57:31. Both girls were delighted with their performance on the night which proved to be a route where the runners finished the race in around 7 minutes slower than their fastest flat 10k. Luke Traynor picked up another win on the night in 35.55, which shows how tough the course was!

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