Race Review July 2018

The latter half of July has been a relatively quiet month for Greenock Glenpark in terms of racing. However we have seen some members trying out new things and getting the vest out there. The first few weeks in August will be busy with the club’s 10k tonight followed by the inaugural Port Glasgow 10k the following Sunday. We hope to see as many members as possible out running or helping out these events.

Run The Blades 

Three hardy Harriers travelled to Whitelees Windfarm to tackle the 50k race, its a hilly, tough underfoot race. For two of the trio it was their 1st ultras, in fact Lisa Ruddy has never done a marathon so she was in very unknown territory. Lisa flew through the race in an amazing 5hrs 8mins, an ultra runner for sure. Viki Smith having done 2 marathons already this year, finished in 5hrs 39mins and loved the race. Fiona Cushnaghan was returning for the 2nd year, last years race ended up at 52k and the weather was wind and rain, so thankfully it was 50k and the weather was overcast. Again Fiona had done 2 marathons already this year and with a recent holiday and lack of training she was happy to finish in 6hrs 17mins. A great event, well organised and you get to see a lot of wind turbines.


On the Friday night before the Ultra, 3 Harriers made the trip to Whitelees for the Run the Blades 10k. Charlotte McKay, Ashley Anderson and new member Sheenagh Gray ran the event which covers a reasonably undulating course through the wind farm and around the Lochgoin Reservoir. Well done girls!


10k: Sheenagh Gray 49.36, Ashley Anderson 49.36, Charlotte McKay 68.12
Ultra: Lisa Ruddy 5.08, Viki Smith 5.39, Fiona Cushnaghan 6.17

GAA Miler Meet, Scotstoun – 5000m and 1500m track

Chris Mooney and Daniel Doherty took part in the 5000m heats at Scotstoun Stadium. Each heat was filled with runners trying to achieve specific time, with the fastest predicted times going in the last heat of the night. Chris Mooney was entered into the 3rd fastest heat where the pacer was set out to run around the 16 minute mark. Chris, with a PB of 16.12 previously, set out to try and get as close to the 16 minute mark as possible. His time on the night was 16.03 which was good for 7th in his heat and an excellent new pb! Another strong run from our Club Champion, even if he is still a strong critic of his own form in the photos…


Daniel Doherty was in the previous heat where the pacer was set out to run just under 16.30 pace (and it was our very own Stephen Trainer fulfilling this duty). Daniel has a pb of 16.28, so this pace was ideal to test himself. Daniel ran the heat in 17.01 which he was very happy with and gave him a good indication of his current form coming into the autumn season.

The second set of heats on the night were for the 1500m. Both Robin McAuslan and Stephen Hanley has put in predicted times of 5.30 and 5 mins respectively.  This saw them sent out in the first heat of the 1500m where the pacer was targeting 5mins. Robin was very close to hitting his target with a run of 5.34, which was still a massive PB for Robin in the 1500m!

Given the target time of 5 mins, the heat consisted of vets, junior female athletes and Stephen… However, he stuck to the task and kept the pacer and leading girl in sight until the last bend and sprinted home to win the heat in 4.58. This was Stephen’s first time running a 1500m and wasn’t put off trying it again, even if it means racing against the weans!


Photo courtesy of Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics

Scottish Aquathlon Championships, Balloch

Marian Monk and Danny McLaughlin headed over to Balloch for this year’s Scottish Aquathlon Championships. This involved a 750 m open water swim in Loch Lomond followed by a 5km trail race.

Danny finished 38th overall and 4th in his age group whilst Marian finished 40th overall and 3rd in her age group. Marian commented saying that this was a great event, with very friendly and welcoming people. One to look out for next year for more Harriers.

Danny: Swim – 15.25, Run – 20.49, Total 38.16
Marian: Swim – 13.03, Run 23.45, Total 38.33


Irvine Aquathlon

Marian travelled down to Ayrshire one week on from Balloch to compete in the new Irvine Aquathlon. This involved a 750m open water swim in a flat calm pond followed by a 5k run through Shewalton woods. Marian finished 3rd overall and 1st female! Well done Marian.

Marian said that the triathlon was well attended but the newly introduced aquathlon was light on numbers, definitely one for the diary next year as it is an especially good event for anyone new to open water swimming.

Results: Swim – 12.12, Run 22.37, Total 35.46

Dunoon 10k and Half Marathon

A strong contingent of harriers headed across the water on Saturday 4th August for the Dunoon half marathon and 10k. Both races see the runners set off south from Dunoon before turning back, with the half marathon looping round Toward at the southern peninsula. A strong headwind in one direct saw it being a tough race for the harriers, who still managed some good times considering.

Andrew Osborne was first back in the half in 9th overall position with a time of 83.55. Marianne McKay was first lady back in 1.48.28 whilst Cheryl Thomas got a new pb in 1.54.13.

Local lad Alan Mollins had a cracking run in the 10k with a time of 38.32, whilst Danny McLaughlin also dipped under the 40 minute mark. Fiona McFarlane was first lady Harrier in 50.19. It was good to see new members Sharon and David Black running the 10k in their first outing for the club.

Half Marathon: Andrew Osborne 83.55, Paul Beaton 92.30, Marianne McKay 1.48.28, Cheryl Thomas 1.54.13, Kevin Gill 2.06.23

10k: Alan Mollins 38.32, Danny McLaughlin 39.55, Fiona McFarlane 50.19, Sharon Black 53.03, David Black 70.21

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