West District XC, Irvine Beach
The West District XC Relay championship was hosted at Irvine Beach this year. The traditional Scottish cross country venue turned its hand to the short 4k relay event. Situated on the Irvine Beach Park, the challenging course saw the runners facing steep hills and a variety of terrain to navigate, including some on the sandy beach path!
The ladies and mens courses were identical, both taking on the single 4k loop. The mens vets team were just outside the medal positions. Stevie Campbell returned the fastest leg of the day in 14.27, himself being just outside the top 3 v40s. Daniel Doherty had a great run to finish just behind Stevie in 14.33 and Paul Monaghan was third fastest in 14.44. It was a good sign that the vets runners were showing some form ahead of next months big masters cross country event in Swansea, where 5 of the club will be represented.
Elsewhere in the mens race, there were string runs from Paul Beaton and Ross Neilson. it was good to see Mick Dunn and Frank McMahon up there and competing in their respective age categories.
Marian Monk ran the fastest time for the ladies as she went out second leg for the ladies vets team. There was only a second between Lorna Coyle and Marianne McKay in the same team as they look to jostle for position coming into the next few relay races.
The overall feeling from the Harriers in attendance was that the course layout was excellent, a real challenging cross country test. The weather wasn’t ideal, but the hosts must be commended on a great event.
Womans A Team: Lorna Coyle 19.59, Marian Monk 18.40, Marianne McKay 20.00
Womans B: Cheryl Thomas 20.15, Nathalie Smith 26.02, Eileen Stevenson 23.08
Mens A (vets): Paul Monaghan 14.44, Steven Campbell 14.27, Andrew White 15.03, Mick McLoone 15.26
Mens B: Daniel Doherty 14.33, Robert Dolan 16.29, Paul Beaton 15.53, Stephen Hanley 17.01
Mens C (vets): John Stevenson 16.24, Ross Neilson 16.49, Malcolm McLean 18.00, Steven Smith 19.01
Mens D (vets): Robin McAuslan 19.21, Mick Dunn 18.54, Frank McMahon 19.27
Renfrewshire XC Relays, Pollock Park
The Renfrewshire cross country relays returned to Netherpollock Park last Sunday. The course was largely unchanged from last year, but shortened slightly to around the 2 mile mark. The shorter format made for a frantic start for those running the first legs.
There was a fantastic turnout from the Glenpark Harriers ladies. 16 runners made their way to Glasgow, with a few of them making their first cross country appearance. Hopefully the day was enjoyable and a few more might register for the upcoming National Relays and longer cross country events!
Chris Mooney returned the fastest time of the day with a run of just over 11 minutes. Not bad considering he just jetted back in from Ibiza. The vets looked strong again, with a few runners staking a claim for next week’s 4th spot in the vets team for Cumbernauld.
Paul Beaton continued his cross country form with a great time of just over 12 mins. There were also good runs from Stevie Campbell (first vet on the day), Ryan brown (joining the senior ranks and not looking out of place) and Stephen Hanley (who much improved on the previous week despite a shoelace malfunction). It was also great to see Alan O’Rourke back out doing the cross country!
Among the female debutants was Debbie McKenzie and Dannie Seddon who both ran well. Marian Monk was first home again for the club, but was pushed close by Claire Monaghan which bodes well for the nationals. Her role as lady captain will be tested to the max with the likes of Marianne McKay, Cheryl Thomas and Nicola Stevenson all putting in strong runs.
Mens: A Team: Steven Campbell 11.12, Chris Mooney 11.03, Daniel Doherty 11.22, Paul Monaghan 11.37
B Team: Andrew White 11.47, Michael McLoone 12.04, Ryan Brown 12.20, Paul Beaton 12.06
C Team: John Stevenson 12.42, Ross Neilson 12.57, Stephen Hanley 12.48, Malcolm McLean 13.38
D Team: Mick Dunn 14.19, Alan O’Rourke 13.48, Steven Smith 14.25, James Campbell 16.53
Womans: A Team: Marian Monk 14.25, Claire Monaghan 14.36, Lorna Coyle 15.50
B Team: Donna Clark 15.34, Nicola Stevenson 15.05, Cheryl Thomas 15.23
C Team: Marianne McKay 15.20, Lynsey Mooney 15.42, Fiona MacFarlane 16.15
D team: Viki Smith 16.14, Dannie Seddon 16.44, Susan Clark 17.19
E Team: Eileen Stevenson 17.33, Debbie McKenzie 16.39, Liz McAuslan 19.10
Nathalie Smith 18.57