The 2019-20 Greenock Glenpark Harriers Season got off to a flying start in glorious sunshine on Saturday. The first club race of the season was the JG Cameron Road Race, with juniors and seniors battling it out on the Esplanade over various distances.
The senior race is a 4k loop which is used a test for the upcoming short course relay races. Starting at the middle of the Esplanade, runners head west towards Gourock. Once at the middle gate to the Battery Park, they run into the park and loop back around the pavilion. The race finishes with a mad dash back along the Splash to the finish line.
Defending club champion Stevie Campbell made a winning start to the new season. Even with a 16.36 parkrun in his legs from the same morning, he was able to hold off a strong challenge from Paul Monaghan in second place. Kevin O’Donoghue made a strong return to club racing after an injury filled period. He was able to finish strong and use his recent ultra training to beat Neil Lafferty to 3rd spot.
In the woman’s race, it was a winning start to the season for Chloe Simpson in a time of 16.20, which is the fastest winning time for a female since 2015. Sandra Campbell marked her return to club racing with a second place finish, just ahead of defending club champion Claire Monaghan. The conditions on the day were far from ideal for the runners, with a stiff easterly breeze to make things tough in the last mile.
Duncan Anderson had a great run, carrying on the form that saw him smash his 10k PB at Stirling a few weeks back. Ben Campbell put in the performance of the day from the juniors who competed in the senior race. His time of 14.37 was phenomenal from the U15 runner, carrying on a long tradition of juniors making the grade in this race. Other juniors competing on the day included Ruby McGill, Shaun Wiseman, Abbie Tosh and Olivia Trainer. Another was Jude Dolan, who couldn’t quite beat his dad Robert, but those victories are only a matter of time!
There were plenty of new faces taking on a club race for the first time, or have recently joined the club. Kevin Craig, more used to the longer races, out in a great showing to break 15 minutes. Richard Newsome had a great time, showing the benefits of the Monday night hill sessions. Julie Smith has been venturing far and wide in her new Harriers vest in recent months, and it was good to see her compete in the club race.
The younger juniors took on a 1k course on the Esplanade. Leo Beaton won the race in 3.34, followed very closely by Cameron beck and Ruari Trainer. There were 4 boys managing to dip under 4 mins! The girls race over the same course was won by Aimee McEleney in 4.28, just 2 seconds ahead of Islay Newsome and 7 ahead of Stella McCabe.
The older juniors ran a 2k course on the Esplanade. Summer Taggart won the girls race in 8.17, just one second ahead of Sophie Campbell and 3 ahead of Erin McEleny in what was an incredibly tight race! Harris Morrison won the boys race this in just over 7 minutes, a great time! David Docherty was 2nd and Douglas Campbell 3rd.
There was, as always, a big army of volunteers out on the course to guide people around and keep them safe. Big thanks to all who volunteered and to our race sponsor, Robert and Jane Dolan.
1km race: Leo Beaton 3.34, Cameron Beck 3.48, Ruari Trainer 3.52, Jonathan Lamont 3.53, Cameron Crawford 4.02, Grant Munro 4.02, Luke McGarry 4.03, Lewis Scott 4.24, Aimee McEleny 4.28, Islay Newsome 4.30, Nathan McCorkindale 4.32, Josh Docherty 4.34, Stella McCabe 4.35, Beth Docherty 4.40, Lily Doherty 4.42, Findlay McKeegan 4.53, Alex Kerr 4.53, Zak Dolan 5.32, Mila Killeen 7.02, Leia Killen 7.03.
2km race: Harris Morrison 7.09, David Docherty 7.21, Douglas Campbell 7.39, Euan Johnson 7.45, Katie Johnson 8.02, Connor McCrorie 8.03, Summer Taggart 8.17, Sophie Campbell 8.18, Maria McCabe8.19, Erin McEleny 8.21, Sophie McGinty 8.44, Alex Wiseman 9.24, Gabby Henderson 9.38, Matthew Ross 10.09, Tyler Bryce 10.12, Ben Mullen 10.12, Rachel Ruddy 11.10.
4km race: Steven Campbell 13.18, Paul Monaghan 13.29, Kevin O’Donoghue 14.08, Neil Lafferty 14.13, Duncan Anderson 14.27, Andy McCall 14.30, Ben Campbell 14.37, Kevin Craig 14.43, Gordon Hepburn 14.45, Oliver Reilly 14.50, Robert Dolan 14.54, Shaun Wiseman 14.57, Owen Atkinson 15.05, Jude Dolan 15.11, Chris Watson 15.35, Ross Nielson 15.38, David McCorkindale 15.47, Josh Ruddy 16.00, Chloe Simpson 16.20, James McFadden 16.24, Graham McGrattan 16.25, Richard Newsome 16.44, James Doherty 17.09, Stephen Reid 17.15, Alan O’Rourke 17.16, Calum Gorry 17.18, Sandra Campbell 17.27, Claire Monaghan 17.34, Ruby McGill 17.44, Greg Stringfellow 18.05, Nicola Stevenson 18.11, Donna Campbell 18.17, Robin McAuslan 18.22, Alan Munro 18.24, Frank McMahon 18.44, Gerry Gillespie 18.45, Steven Watson 18.54, Stuart Austin 18.54, Debbie McKenzie 19.09, Abbie Tosh 19.23, James Campbell 19.25, Boyd McKenzie 19.30, Fiona Cushnaghan 19.38, Lynsey Mooney 19.50, Anna Docherty 20.26, Heather Lafferty 20.33, Julie Smith 20.54, Angela Nelson 20.55, Olivia Trainer 21.03, Angela Austin 25.27.