GREENOCK Glenpark Harriers sprint relay quartet set local history in the club’s 125th year by winning silver in the National Indoor Relay championships held at the Emirates Indoor Arena, Glasgow.
Scott Hannaway, Mark Holliman, Scott McCluckie and Mark McLachlan, contesting the senior men 4 x 200m relay, made light work of the heat qualifying for a spot in the final with room to spare.
Scott Hannaway, on the lead-off leg, lived up to the announcer’s introduction as one of the country’s top juniors by getting out of his blocks sharp. He ignited the back straight as he overcame the stagger, hitting the home straight in the lead as he handed over to Mark Holliman for the second leg.
Mark, coming down in distance from his usual 400m and 800m, had a strong leg, holding off his competitors in the last 100 metres before the smoothest of changeovers with Scott McCluckie, the Harriers still contesting for the title.
Scott used his valuable experiences to cruised on to the back straight and remain calm under the pressure of the Giffnock North athlete. On the last changeover with Mark McLachlan, it was neck and neck with Giffnock gaining a slight edge over the local team.
With the two leaders running clear from the field and into the final 150 metres, Mark began attacking the leader and, despite closing the gap, ran out of time before crossing the line.
The quartet made local history, being the first senior sprint team to reach the podium, and created a new local record of 1:30.3, less than a quarter of a second off the title.
*Congratulations also to the Harriers Sprint Coach Kenny Morrison, who has overseen the sprint groups tough training plan over the winter months.