Willie Jukes Road Race 2019

Every year, Greenock Glenpark Harriers travel in numbers across the Clyde to Dunoon to pay tribute to one of our past members, Willie Jukes. The annual 5 mile road race takes place in his home town in his memory. This year there were 42 senior runners and 40 junior runners taking part. Great to see such a turnout and the Jukes family were very welcoming as always.

The race itself heads South from the West Bay promenade and runners are turned back for home at the half way point. A fast and flat route which is ideal for chasing good 5 mile times. The conditions were cool with a decent breeze to contend with on the way back (as always seems to be the case!)

The men’s race was very high quality, with the top four runners all finishing in under 27.30. The pack was solid through 6k before Shaun Lyon, unperturbed from his great 5k race the night before, broke away to take the victory. Shaun’s legs clearly had recovered in time as he posted the fasted time on the route since Stephen Trainer broke 26 minutes five years ago. The chasing pack battled for second with Steven Campbell breaking clear to take second, a real return to form for the former club champion going into the summer season. Paul Monaghan ran the 5k in Friday night, but he edged out Andy White for 3rd with both men just 1 week after excellent marathon efforts.

New member Wes Pattison was 5th in his club race with local junior runner Alan Mollins in 6th. Elsewhere in the men’s race there was a PB over 5 miles for Stephen Hanley, with Callum Gorry, Eddie Devine and another new member in Eric Lindsay. Eric has been doing the sessions since the turn of the year and has taken over 6 minutes off of his parkrun time since then! Superb stuff.

The ladies race was just as competitive as the mens. Donna Campbell lead from the start but Claire Monaghan paced it brilliantly to nip in from with little over half a kilometre to go to claim victory. Claire continues her brilliant running and puts herself right in the frame for the wide open ladies championship alongside Donna and Sandra Campbell who finished in 3rd on her return from injury. Elsewhere in the ladies race there were great runs from Sharon Black, Dannie Seddon and Debbie McKenzie. New members Elaine Medinelli and Angela Nelson swapped the hills for the flat in their first club race outing, both running well.

The handicap race saw Graeme Crawford claiming his second handicap victory in 18 months, this time having to wait until the maths had been done back in the pub! Dannie Seddon and Claire Monaghan shared second place in a dead heat. Overall, 37/42 runners finished with 3 minutes of their assigned predicted time, showing great consistency across the field. The handicap championship now has only one race to go, the Bill Elder 10k in August. Stephen Hanley picked up 4 points on Saturday to take a 3 point lead (complaints on a postcard!) The table below shows everyone who can catch him, so get training hard!

Stephen Hanley 20
John Stevenson 17
Robert Dolan Jr 17
Paul Monaghan 16
Graeme Crawford 15
Steven Campbell 14
Alan Mollins 13
Claire Monaghan 12
Chris Jones 11
Kevin Gill 11
Nicola Stevenson 11
Paul Beaton 11
Steven Smith 10

There’s not long to go until you can get your fill of another GGH club race, with this year’s hill race on Sunday 19th May. It would be great to see a big turnout of runners there to support the event and all our juniors who are running the Scottish trials at the same time. After that, it’s the lung bursting Chisholm Mile on Tuesday 29th May. 102 different GGH members have ran races this season which is superb, let’s see how high we can get that number to!

Results: Shaun Lyon 26:56, Stevie Campbell 27:11, Paul Monaghan 27:17, Andrew White 27:24, Allan Mollins 28:23, Wes Pattison 28:35, Daniel Doherty 29:24, Stephen Hanley 30:14, Neil Lafferty 31:05, Duncan Anderson 31:26, Chris Jones 32:02, Danny McLaughlin 33:47, Graham McGrattan 34:21, Ian McKee 34:28, Michael Dunn 34:33, Callum Gorry 35:19, Stephen Reid 35:31, Claire Monaghan 35:39, Donna Campbell 35:58, Gerry Gallacher 36.16, Matthew Young 36:39, Sandra Campbell 36:46, Marian Monk 37:34, Frank McMahon 37:35, Lorna Coyle 37:45, Rhys Jones 38:40, Eric Lindsay 38:48, Dannie Seddon 39:09, Terri Wall 39:21, Lisa Boonsanong 39:26, Sharon Black 39:39, Lucas Bezian 40:21, James Campbell 40:44, Graeme Crawford 40:46, Debbie McKenzie 41:13, Gerry Gillespie 41:21, Lynsey Mooney 42:09, Heather Lafferty 42:31, Kenny Scott 43:19 Angela Nelson 43:44, Elaine Medinelli 44:54, Simon Hutton 46:21, Eddie Devine 49:37

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