Shaun Lyon and Chloe Simpson were on top form to win Greenock Glenpark Harriers Singlehurst trail race. They set new course records with both taking a minute off the previous bests.
The club had returned to the Isle of Bute for the 3rd year, and were again blessed with warm sunshine. The senior 5km race started at Kingarth then headed down to the village of Kilchattan. The runners then turned on to the West Island Way trail, before reaching the sting in the tail, a 400 feet steep climb up Suidhe Chatain.
At this point Shaun Lyon and Steven Campbell were together, with Daniel Doherty battling hard to stay on terms. And again last year’s winner Steven made his bid for the win on the climb, opening up a gap on Shaun, but unlike last year it wasn’t to be as local man Shaun regained the lead on the descent, and was to hold on comfortably at the end from Steven, with Daniel back in 3rd.
Chloe Simpson making her debut at this race coped well with the steep climb to stay clear of Nicola Stevenson who also dipped under the previous course record. Claire Monaghan was 3rd with an impressive 2 ½ minute improvement on last year.
The Junior race followed, with 9 youngsters contesting the ½ mile road race. Summer Taggart- in yet another course record, went clear of Erin McEleny on the long gradual climb to the finish with Leah Knox in 3rd place. It was excellent performances all round with 5 of those who ran last year’s race all improving, none more significantly that Connie Dolan who was almost 2 minutes quicker.
A special thanks to Shaun Lyon and his family for hosting the race and providing refreshments in the beautiful setting looking onto Kilchattan bay.
800m Junior Race: Summer Taggart 3.08, Erin McEleny 3.13, Leah Knox 3.22, Aimee McEleny 3.53, Isla Newsome 4.03, Zak Dolan 4.19, Shaun Newsome 4.50, Elsie Doherty 5.13, Connie Dolan 6.03.
5km Senior Race: Shaun Lyon 18.19, Steven Campbell 19.07, Daniel Doherty 19.32, Wes Pattison 19.38, John Stevenson 21.54, Robert Dolan 22.17, Danny McLaughlin 23.54, Stephen Reid 23.54, Chloe Simpson 24.03, Richard Newsome 24.35, Nicola Stevenson 25.01, Frank McMahon 25.20, Matthew Young 25.41, Claire Monaghan 25.43, Callum Gorry 25.49, Marian Monk 26.11, Lucas Bezian 26.20, Cheryl Thomas 26.30, Lorna Coyle 26.35, Marianne McKay 27.38, Lynsey Mooney 30.43, Jane Dolan 31.26, Silke Loehdorf 31.53, Sharon Black 33.29, Charlotte McKay39.43,