There were 33 senior members of the club taking part in the 10k and half marathon at this year’s Great Scottish Run last Sunday. The ever popular event is on of the main gals on the seasons calendar, with many runners setting their sights on running PBs and qualifying times for other races.
19 Harriers took part in the half marathon. Stephen Trainer got himself among the elite athletes on the start line and set off with his eyes firmly on a strong race. He was first Harrier home in 13th overall and within the top 10 for the Scottish half marathon championships. His time of 68.33 was just outside of his PB, but puts him in a good position for his goal at the upcoming Frankfurt marathon.
Chris Mooney followed in 72.18, seeing him improving his half marathon pb significantly. An excellent race for Chris which sees him post a qualifying time for the London marathon next year. Andy White was 3rd back in 77.55 with Daniel Doherty next in 80.13. Mick McLoone was 2nd v55, Robert Dolan ran a great race just over the 85 minute mark, and John Stevenson was not far behind having flown through the night from China just prior to the race!
Marianne McKay was first lady home in just under 1.48, with Terry Wall not far behind. Eileen Stevenson ran a great PB in just over the 2 hour mark, with her training paying off in recent months. Elsewhere in the half marathon there was an excellent PB for Brian McCluskey in just over 86 minutes, finishing narrowly ahead of Gordon Hepburn and Paul Beaton. Steven Watson warmed up for this weekends ultra with a solid run in just under 93mins.
Earlier in the day, 14 senior harriers took part in the 10k, but they were outstaged on the day by the one junior competitor. Harry McGill stole the show yet again as he took part in his first big 10k race. Having ran the junior race the previous day, finishing 3rd, he broke the 34 minute mark for the 10k. He even managed to sneak onto the TV finishing ahead of the first female runner!
Kirsty Ormond was first home for the ladies in a great new PB of 43.48, showing that her recent spell of training has been paying off. Claire Monaghan continued her great form running just under the 46 minute mark for a big PB! Marian Monk was not far behind in 3rd who battled through illness on the day to still run a good time.
Debbie McKenzie had her first outing in a harriers vest and ran a PB to boot, finishing in 49.09. First of many as a Harrier we hope! Malcolm McLean weaved his way to just over 43 minutes having started well back from the start line. Ian Hanley, raising a great amount for charity on the day, ran in just over 50 minutes.
There was a great turnout for the junior races on the Saturday. As mentioned, Harry McGill finished 3rd in the main junior race. There was a great chance for the juniors to meet Laura Muir at the race, as she started the race and presented the prizes.
10k: Harry McGill 33.56, Malcolm McLean 43.09, Kirsty Ormond 43.48, Claire Monaghan 45.43, Marian Monk 45.55, Debbie McKenzie 49.09, Ian Hanley 50.17, Sharon Black 50.51, Viki Smith 51.52, Lynsey Mooney 52.18, Gill Gilmour 56.48, John Carruthers 57.01, Claire Melville 62.55, Wenda Crawford 62.56, David Black 66.52
Half Marathon: Stephen Trainer 68.33, Chris Mooney 72.18, Andrew White 77.55, Daniel Doherty 80.13, Mick McLoone 82.13, Robert Dolan 85.06, John Stevenson 85.47, Brian McCluskey 86.12, Gordon Hepburn 87.18, Paul Beaton 87.56, David Roberts 90.53, Steven Watson 92.46, Stewart Anderson 98.09, Marianne McKay 1.47.51, Terry Wall 1.48.05, William Laing 1.52.53, Fiona Cushnaghan 1.54.03, Eileen Stevenson 2.02.10, Kevin Gill 2.27.33