Sunday 29th September 2019
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run was once again well attended by Greenock Glenpark Harriers. The seniors events on the Sunday included the 10k followed by the half marathon, with 29 Harriers competing over the two races.
The day got under way with the 10k, where it was the young guns that lead the way for the club. Harry McGill comfortably cruised round in sub 35, amazingly treating the race as a hard tempo! Alan Mollins was just behind him in 37.11, picking up a late entry and running steadily. Shaun Wiseman had to fight off a few stitches but still ran well, and finished just ahead of Malcom McLean. Nicola Stevenson was the first female back with a great run in just over 47 minutes.
The highlight of the day was seeing four graduates from our new Couch to Club Runner sessions running the 10k, all of whom have now joined the club. Emma Sinclair, Lynne Fulton, Barbara Laing and Christie McAlpine have all been coming along to the Tuesday night session for the last 4 months and, along with many others, have loved their introduction to organised running. A special mention to Emma Sinclair who smashed the hour mark in her first ever 10k. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for this all inclusive club.
The half marathon is the highlight of many people’s running calendar. The Scottish championship race takes runners out to the south side of the city and through Pollock and Bellahouston Parks before returning to the city for the big finish along the Broomielaw and into Glasgow Green. Paul Monaghan was the leading harrier, and with a PB to boot. His only previous better half was at the tragically short Glasgow Half a few years ago, and his run of sub 75 now stands as his PB. Stevie Campbell was not far behind and they both finished 4th and 5th in their age category respectively.
John Stevenson lead the charge of harriers fighting to break the 90 minute mark, as he finished just ahead of Oliver Reilly and George McCallum. However, it wasn’t to be for Stewart Anderson as he fell shy in his attempt to break that elusive mark. He along with Stephen Hanley and David Roberts had to settle for slower yet still respectable times in the mid to low 90s.
Claire Monaghan was the first female harrier home to make it a family double. It was also Claire’s first ever half marathon, and the ladies club champion performed very well to run a time of just under 1.50. Marianne McKay and Terri Wall were not far behind as they put some last minute miles in before their Dunoon Ultra attempts the following week. Performance of the day from the woman came from Eileen Stevenson. Also preparing for the Dunoon Ultra, Eileen broke the 2 hour mark for the first time and secured a massive PB. Well done Eileen!
Another stand out performance was from PB king Eric Lindsay. Fed up with just breaking his PB every week at parkrun, Eric decided to quadruple the distance and tackle his first half marathon. He came in with a superb time of just over 1.42! He even had the energy to smile and wave for the camera with a mile to go!
As always it was a well attended race, with good camaraderie among the members at the end in Glasgow Green. The race has been scheduled for the first weekend in October next year, so that’s one for your diaries.
Harry McGill 34.38, Alan Mollins 37.11, Shaun Wiseman 43.21, Malcolm McLean 44.31, Nicola Stevenson 47.08, Gerry Gillespie 51.59, Angela Nelson 55.50, Elaine Medinelli 59.00, Emma Sinclair 59.38, Lynne Fulton 63.30, Christie McAlpine 68.48, Charlotte McKay 69.17, Barbara Laing 69.48,
Paul Monaghan 74.50, Stevie Campbell 75.22, John Stevenson 86.14, Oliver Reilly 87.47, George McCallum 89.53, David Roberts 93.35, Stephen Hanley 95.31, Stewart Anderson 97.40, Stephen Reid 1.41.16, Eric Lindsay 1.42.24, Claire Monaghan 1.48.25, Marianne McKay 1.51.24, Terri Wall 1.52.29, Ross Slater 1.52.34, Lisa Boonsanong 1.52.58, Debbie McKenzie 1.53.08, Boyd MacKenzie 1.56.10, Eileen Stevenson 1.57.25, Fiona Cushnaghan 1.58.16
(Don’t forget to put your club name in your entry for races. Apologies if anyone has been missed)