Colin Shields Junior Road Race 23rd April 2019
It was another record breaking turnout for the Harriers, with 50 juniors competing over the under 11 one lap and over 11s two lap races through Greenock’s Murdieston Park.
There was a change in format to this years competition with the Lawrence Mulaghton trophy going to the runner who was leading after the first lap, thus giving the under 11 athletes their chance of glory. And it was an opportunity that was grabbed by Douglas Campbell and Leo Beaton who both went out strongly to lead the field from the very start, while the older runners held off knowing they had another lap of the tough 1.1km route still to run. In the long steep climb up Murdieston Street Douglas pulled clear from Leo to convincingly win the trophy.
Not far behind them came Shaun Wiseman and Ben Campbell who were running side by side, and the pair would stay like that throughout the two laps, with only a stride separating them at the end of a final lung bursting sprint on the hill to the finish, but unlike the previous week’s race at Gourock the positions were reversed with Ben this time taking the win.
Erin McEleny’s good form continued with another top placing in the under 11 girls’ race, with Summer Taggart and Brooke Taylor in the runner up spots.
Over 2 laps Ava Beaton was the leading girl just ahead of Katie Johnson who looks to be getting back to her best, with a big improvement also shown by Emma Aitken for 3rd place.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on the night, and especially to Lauren, Christie and Rachel Mulaghton who came along to present the trophy which was gifted to the club in memory of their dad.
After 1 Lap 1100m race: Douglas Campbell 3.48, Leo Beaton 3.55, Shaun Wiseman 3.57, Ben Campbell 3.58, David Docherty 3.58, Ava Beaton 3.59, Katie Johnson 4.00, Euan Johnson 4.01, Cameron Crawford 4.07, Emma Aitken 4.08, Erin McEleny 4.09, Cameron Beck 4.13, Summer Taggart 4.15, Brooke Taylor 4.17, Abbie Tosh 4.21, Leah Knox 4.22, Francesca McKay 4.22, Ruari Trainer 4.23, Jack Singleton 4.23, Connor McCrorey 4.26, Sophie McGinty 4.27, Johnathon Lamont 4.29, Brodie Stone 4.31, Maria McCabe 4.34, Sophie Campbell 4.39, Lewis Scott 4.43, Ben Mullan 4.46, Olivia Trainer 4.53, Jacob McCabe 4.56, Beth Docherty 4.58, Aimee McEleny 5.08, Islay Newsome 5.09, Alex Wiseman 5.09, Matthew Ross 5.14, Grant Munro 5.19, Stella McCabe 5.21, Jack Campbell 5.24, Abbigael Crawford 5.29, Finlay McKeegan 5.34, Charlie Pierce 5.40, Orla Trainer 5.42, Finlay McCabe 5.47, Olly Cassidy 5.48, Samuel Cushnaghan 5.55, Cameron Hanley 6.13, Newton Robertson 6.27, Jamie Gallacher 6.28, Zac Gallacher 6.33, Alexander Marsh 7.28, Cole Scott 8.21.
After 2 Laps 2200m race: Ben Campbell 7.45, Shaun Wiseman 7.46, David Docherty 8.04, Ava Beaton 8.16, Euan Johnson 8.23, Katie Johnson 8.32, Emma Aitken 8.53, Sophie McGinty 9.07, Jack Singleton 9.11, Abbie Tosh 9.19, Maria McCabe 9.22, Brodie Stone 9.32, Francesca McKay 9.39, Sophie Campbell 9.53, Olivia Trainer 10.33, Alex Wiseman 10.44, Abbigael Crawford 11.32.