Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon
A hardy bunch of harriers headed across the water to take on this year’s Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon. The bus journey over took a slight detour via Siberia but managed to get the runners to the start line at Loch Lomond Shores. It was there that they all thought the inevitable cancellation would come, as the roads through Clydebank were looking treacherous en route. However, the race went ahead as scheduled and the group of 18 had to wrap up warm and go for it!
The course itself was remarkably clear for the first 8 miles or so as it meandered along the River Leven and into Dumbarton. The cycle path through the town was also clear, but a moderate headwind was faced by the runners for long periods. However, upon the rise off of the cycle path and down into Bowling and Old Kilpatrick, there was some slushy surfaces to deal with. The pavement was abandoned by many as they battled along the roads to get to the finish line and the hope of some warmth!
Andrew White was first harrier home and smashed his PB in the process with a time of 75.34. Considering the conditions on the day, this was a great effort from our undisputed form runner at present. Other PBs included Paul Beaton who broke 85 minutes and Stephen Hanley who finally broke that 90 minute barrier and took over 5 minutes off of his PB. Oliver Reilly took almost 12 minutes off of his PB which shows just how great the harriers training has paid off.
Fiona MacFarlane ran a PB and broke the 1.50 barrier for the first time. It was also good to see Sue Hewitson back out racing and putting in a run very close to her PB too. Elsewhere there were great runs from John Stevenson, Gordy Hepburn and Stephen Reid. It was a tough shift for all, and fingers crossed we get a better day for it next year as it is certainly a potentially fast course.
Results: Andrew White 75.34, Paul Monaghan 81.06, John Stevenson 82.50, Paul Beaton 84.59, Robert Dolan 86.37, Gordon Hepburn 86.40, Stephen Hanley 88.13, Oliver Reilly 88.26, Sue Hewitson 94.20, Stephen Reid 98.18, George McCallum 99.06, Micky Dunn 99.33, Steven Smith 1.43.08, Matthew Young 1.50.01, Fiona MacFarlane 1.49.58, Viki Smith 1.53.49, Fiona Cushnaghan 1.58.30, James Campbell 2.03.09
Self Transcendence 50km Road Race
Andrew White decided that as a ‘wee warm up’ for London, he would take on the 50km race at this years Self Transcendence 50/100km event in Perth. The 50km race takes place around the North Inch Park in Perth City Centre, site of the parkrun for those familiar with the area. The loop is just under 1.5 miles, meaning that you just have to do 21 laps… Andy finished in third overall position for the race in an incredible time of just under 3 hours 15 (so that’s 20 consecutive sub 20 minute 5k’s for those curious). Andy was actually gaining on second place, which could have seen him take the Scottish gold medal for the event. However, it was Scottish silver for Andy with Italian Paulo Natali taking first overall and Cambuslang’s Kerry Liam Wilson in second taking first Scot. Andrew finished ahead of Inverclyde’s David Tamburini in fourth.
Results: Andrew White 3.14.51 https://uk.srichinmoyraces.org/node/2455/previous-results/2019#node-10887
3k on the Green
The 3k on the Green race had its biggest ever turnout on the last Friday in March. The race always provides a strong field for anyone looking to improve their speed over shorter races, or those that was something different for their lunch runs in Glasgow! It is held on the last Friday of every month at 12.30pm at the arch in Glasgow Green. Register on their website before attending as well. This month, Stephen Hanley was the sole harrier in attendance and he took 20 seconds off of his PB coming in at 10.11. A great time, but such is the field, it wasn’t good enough for a top 20 spot!
Tom Scott 10 Mile Race – Scottish National 10 Mile Championships
The annual Scottish 10 mile championships were held at the Tom Scott Road Races at Strathclyde Park a few weeks back. This was the perfect opportunity for Andrew White to continue to add to his considerable medal haul over the last few weeks. Andrew ran a superb time of 55.19 to claim first v50 and 3rd overall v40 on the day, blagging the Jackie Gourlay Shield for first v50. Robert Wilson Jnr was the only other harrier running, and he continued to show signs of a return to form after his great time at The Willow Bowl, running the 10 miles here in 62.33.
Results: Andrew White 55.19, Robert Wilson Jnr 62.33
Alloa Half Marathon
The Alloa half marathon provided an alternative spring half marathon to club runners, but held on the same day as the Tom Scott meant a tough choice for some. The route takes runners out of Alloa to the north towards Tillicutry, and then west towards Alva through the foothills of the Ochils. A scenic route, but not entirely flat!
George McCallum used this as a training run ahead of Manchester Marathon but got caught up in the ideal conditions and ran a very good solid time of just under 91 minutes. Alex Patterson ran this as his first half marathon and came in with a very respectable time of just under 1.55.
Results: George McCallum 90.50, Bernard Kangley 1.45.31, Alex Paterson 1.54.17, Heather Kangley 1.59.55
Glasgow University Aquathlon
The aquathlon consisted of a 750m swin and a 5km run. Boyd MacKenzie, Frank McMahon, David McCorkindale and Mik Harrington all made the trip to Bellahouston Park to compete in this years event, with david claiming first male vet and 14th overall.
Results: David McCorkindale 33.51, Frank McMahon 43.34, Mick Harrington 43.47, Boyd MacKenzie 44.14
Inverclyde Sports Personality of the Year
And finally, t was great to see such a big turnout to support the club at this year’s Inverclyde Sports Personality of the Year awards at the Greenock Town Hall a few weeks back. The crowd were there to cheer on two of our bright young athletes in Harry McGill and Scott Hannaway who were both up for awards. Sadly, neither of them won on the night. However, the club itself was awarded with ‘Club of the Year’.