A big well done to all those who bravely turned out for the club this week ! We had 18 Senior Men, 10 Senior Ladies and 13 Juniors representing the club.
It was a mainly dry day on the infamous hilly course at Balloch Park. The day’s competitors were relieved to see just a few patches of well-trampled slippery mud and the going was reasonably good overall.
From the start, competitors followed a zig-zagging course down the hill and then out along Loch Lomondside to two steep hills; the tough 2nd hill leading up to the start again, with a stunning backdrop.
On the walk-in from the bus drop-off point at the Balloch bus terminus, a few were reminiscing about the Big Country and Oasis concerts back in the 1990s.
Meanwhile Captain Steven was rallying the troops for the races ahead. The weather was baltic and his theme of the day was ‘schoolboy errors’. The first lesson he pointed out was to Big Craig who turned up in a pair of shorts with two hours to wait. “That’s your first schoolboy lesson Big Man!” he said. “The next you lot is keep your feet dry before you start running. I hope you’ve all got decent sized spikes in ?”
All that said…three minutes before the start the bold Stevie was seen scrambling about in the tent trying to take aff his trackies !
Marian Monk finished first for the ladies once again in an excellent time of 38:22. Fiona McFarlane and Viki Smith followed just over 2 minutes behind. Viki had a great run off the back of all of her ultra marathon training, finishing 7 seconds ahead of Fiona. Fiona however took a tumble at one point but managed to get up quickly and keep going.
Lynsey Mooney had another gritty run finishing in the top 100 as did 5th lady finisher for the club Heather Lafferty, just 30 seconds behind in 43:47. Cheryl Thomas was delighted to complete the course this year after a DNF last time.
For the majority of the early part of the race, Eileen, Elaine and Sandra ran together. On the second lap Eileen managed to ease away from the group to finish 30 seconds ahead. Unfortunately Michelle Morgan had a bad fall and didn’t finish this time out. Hang in there Michelle, you’ll smash it next time!
The day was topped off by a fantastic run from Neil Lafferty who earned himself a silver medal in the Vet 40s category.
The Vet 40s team (Neil Lafferty, Steven Campbell and Kev Craig) also secured the club a prestigious bronze medal. Meanwhile Frank McMahon added another v70 medal, silver this time, to his collection.
Excellent runs worthy of mention were Michael McLoone, Gavin Morrison and Gordon Hepburn. Craig Hyslop, Ross Morrison and Colin McKnight also did exceptionally well in this their first 8k cross country outing.
The turnouts are growing week on week and the medals are now coming home.
So Moneglenpark !
Let’s get more of our big guns out for the next one!