National XC Relays, Cumbernauld
Cumbernauld House Park once again played host to the Nation Cross Country Relays last month. The 4k loop of the park always provides a stern test to the teams competing. The ground was a lot firmer underfoot than in previous years but there was still a strong wind to contend with on the exposed top section of the course.
Andrew White and Chris Mooney used the race as a sharpener for their upcoming Scottish debut for the British and Irish Masters XC in Swansea, with both runners fairing well. Paul Beaton continued to show form over the short courses in his second appearance in the A team for this race. Young Ryan Brown rounded out the A team with a good run under 15 minutes. The B team had some great individual battles with only 3 seconds separating John Stevenson, Stephen Hanley and Ross Neilson. Meanwhile Sean Marshall had a great run in his first XC race of the season.
The ladies A team performed well on the day. Marianne McKay set them off with a strong run of just over 18 minutes with Lynsey Mooney following on in 2nd. Nicola Stevenson broke the 18 minute mark with a great run and captain Monk lead them home in just over the 17 minute mark. Nathalie Smith and Eileen Stevenson also ran well on the day but sadly had no results recorded n the Scottish Athletics website.
Downloadable results from Scottish Athletics
Mens A: Chris Mooney 13.03, Andrew White 14.06, Paul Beaton 14.38, Ryan Brown 14.59
Mens B: John Stevenson 15.26, Ross Neilson 15.29, Alan O’Rourke 16.12, Stephen Hanley 15.28
Mens C: Mick Dunn 17.41, Frank McMahon 18.04, Sean Marshall 14.49
Ladies A: Marianne McKay 18.04, Lynsey Mooney 19.05, Nicola Stevenson 17.58, Marian Monk 17.12
Ladies B: Nathalie Smith, Eileen Stevenson (results missing)
National Short Course XC
There was national success for one of Greenock Glenpark Harriers most in form runners at this year’s National Short Course Cross Country held in Lanark. Andrew White claimed national bronze in the v50 category, hopefully the first of many now that he has hit the big five zero!
Lindsays Solicitors Scottish Athletics Short Course Cross Country Championships 2018 (C) Bobby Gavin
The 4k races took place at a new venue in Lanark, with conditions being quite firm underfoot and pan flat, suiting some runners more than others! Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White led the men home in that order as they, along with Mick Mcloone, were in the final stages of preparing for the British and Irish Masters XC in Swansea. Andrew had the 2 other v50 medalists in his sights for most of the race, and will fancy his chances on the longer course races in the coming month.
Daniel Doherty was not far behind the leading pack with his time of under 1 minutes. Sean Marshall and John Stevenson continued to put in good performances on the cross country, while there were also good runs from Steven Smith and Frank McMahon.
On the ladies side, it was good to see Marian Monk continue to set the standard as the first Harrier home. Sandra Campbell broke 18 minutes as the second female harrier and Marianne McKay, more comfortable on hillier courses, came in 3rd on the flat route.
Men: Steven Campbell 13.40, Paul Monaghan 13.45, Andrew White 13.45, Daniel Doherty 13.52, Sean Marshall 14.32, Mick McLoone 14.42, John Stevenson 15.03, Danny McLaughlin 15.49, Alan O’Rourke 16.24, Malcolm McLean 16.38, Steven Smith 17.34, Frank McMahon 18.19, Simon Hutton 21.28
Ladies: Marian Monk 17.10, Sandra Campbell 17.54, Marianne McKay 18.15, Lorna Coyle 18.36, Lynsey Mooney 19.38, Eileen Stevenson 21.38