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GGH Bill Elder Road Races

The final race of the 2018-19 GGH Club Championship takes place on Tuesday evening 6th August 2019 at the Battery Park, Greenock
7.15pm start: Juniors: 1km race, 1 lap of the Battery Park. (*Juniors to meet by 6.45pm)
7.30pm start: Seniors. 10km road race with non-conceding handicap.

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Route: Start in the Battery Park at middle gate run in clockwise direction, behind Pavilion and leave park at road exit. Turn left and follow cycle path along to Esplanade and container way. Turning point is around the clock tower at Customhouse quay.

Register at Battery Park (middle gate) from 6.30pm – Volunteers required for Registration, Marshalling & Time Keeping.

Please arrive early and bring correct change for race (£1 juniors, £2 seniors/ Guests £4)

June 10k Races

Port Glasgow 10k

The second annual Port Glasgow 10k took place on a new date this year, scheduled on a Sunday in June. The weather conditions were much better than last year (although they could hardly be any worse!). It was a bright morning, with a stiff breeze into the runners faces on the final 2k stretch along the boardwalk.

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There was a superb turnout of 41 harriers! Sadly, Chris Mooney could not return to defend his inaugural victory from the previous year due to injury. The competition was stiff this year too, and Stevie Campbell stuck with the hard pace for 5k before sitting back and easing his way to the end to finish 4th overall.

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The home favourite Daniel Doherty was only 7 seconds behind Stevie in 5th place as the Port Glasgow crowds swelled the pavements to cheer him on! Andrew Osborne was 3rd harrier home and finished ahead of Stephen Hanley, with the pair of them having been neck and neck at the recent Babcock 10k series.

Oliver Reilly had to wait another week before getting his sub 39 target and John Stevenson worked hard to ensure another sub 40 was in the bag. Young Shaun Wiseman had a cracking run in just over 41 minutes, a great time and first under 20! Graham McGrattan produced a great sprint finish to take a couple of scalps in the home straight.

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Claire Monaghan was first female harrier and 5th overall with a great run of under the 45 minute mark which was a PB for Claire. It has been a really good season for Claire as she has made a big push towards the Glenpark Woman’s Championship which is going down to the last race. Donna Campbell was second female harrier and Nicola Stevenson was third, slightly hampered by having to wear her dad’s large harriers T shirt! We love the commitment to wearing club colours.

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Eric Lindsay has been motoring throughout the summer. In his first few months of joining the club, he has been storming through PBs at parkrun. At Port Glasgow, he was able to test himself over the longer distance and will be really chuffed to dip under the 48 minute mark.

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The organisation of the race was superb on the day, with a number of harriers lending a hand. A big thank you from the club goes out to the officials. We are all looking forward to the third installment next year.

Results: Steven Campbell 36:40, Daniel Doherty 36:47, Andrew Osborne 37:47, Stephen Hanley 38:22, Oliver Reilly 39.18, John Stevenson 39.47, George McCallum 41.13, Shaun Wiseman 41.17, Malcolm MacLean 42.59, Stewart Anderson 43.17, Ross Slater 43.31, Graham McGrattan 43.52, Ian McKee 44.32, Claire Monaghan 44.56, Stuart Crawford 45.32, Donna Campbell 45.37, Stephen Reid 45.38, Bernard Kangley 47.56, Eric Lindsay 47.59, Stuart Austin 48.20, Nicola Stevenson 48.36, Fiona MacFarlane 48.41, Kevin Gill 48.42, James Campbell 49.55, Marianne McKay 49.58, Debbie McKenzie 50.46, Jan Duncan 51.13, Gerry Gillespie 52.57, Lynsey Mooney 53.08, Heather Lafferty 53.08, Graeme Crawford 53.44, Eileen Stevenson 54.42, Ian Hanley 55.04, Heather Kangley 55.09, Nathalie Smith 60.11, Elaine Medinelli 60.15, Sandra Devine 60.17, Gill Gilmour 62.38, Angeline Austin 72.08, Charlotte McKay 74.56,


Clydebank 10k

On Thursday 13th June, the Clydebank 10k made a return to the early summer race schedule for 2019. As part of the previous four race Polaroid series before it wasn’t continued in the new three race Babcock series, the course always offered a fast and flat course over two laps of the industrial estate and onto the nearby canal path.

On a cool and calm night ideal for running, two club members travelled over in search of good performances to set themselves up for the rest of the season.

First home for the club in 35th place in a field of around 250 was Duncan Anderson running a 49 second PB. Last year’s handicap champion has been showing great signs this summer, this 10k PB following on from a parkrun PB which has been long awaited. Only a couple of places behind in the first of three 10ks in just over a week was Oliver Reilly, also in a new PB. After joining the club late last year, Oliver has dedicated himself to improving in every race and with two excellent marathons behind him in Spring and now a 10k race schedule over the summer, we can only see him getting stronger.

Up at the front, the men’s race was won by Grant Baillie of East Kilbride Athletics Club in 32.39 with the women’s race being won by Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers in a time of 35.49.

Results: Duncan Anderson 38.46, Oliver Reilly 39.02


Brian Goodwin 10k

The Bellahouston Harriers host one of the most popular 10k races of the summer in Pollock Park on a Friday night in June. A stellar field of runners are enticed to the Southside of Glasgow with the promise of a free beer and burger (and a fast, flat 10k of course).  The course takes runners through Pollock park from Cartha Rugby Club, and loops back to the start via the surrounding roads then repeating the 5k loop.

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Stephen Hanley was first back for the club, achieving his 4th 10k PB in the space of 5 weeks, following on from a hattrick of PBs at the Babcock 10k series. He managed to reduce his PB from 391.4 to 36.32 in that time frame. Oliver Reilly also left Pollock delighted, as he managed to break that 39 minute barrier that he had been searching for in the last few weeks! A good bit of healthy competition for these guys has worked a treat with a string of PBs. Duncan Anderson followed on with another solid run, but wasn’t quite able to match his great time at Clydebank.

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George McCallum used the race as a nice warm up before he headed north the next day to tackle the Rob Roy Challenge. It was great to see Marian Monk back racing again. The two time lady champion has seen her season disrupted by injury but was back to take on one of her favourite races. She finished ahead of Marianne McKay and Fiona MacFarlane who had a great battle for 2nd and 3rd female harrier home.

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Results: Stephen Hanley 36.34, Oliver Reilly 38.40, Duncan Anderson 39.27, George McCallum 40.12, Marian Monk 45.56, Marianne McKay 49.02, Fiona MacFarlane 49.04

Loch Lomond 10k

The Loch Lomond 10k (formerly known as the Vale of Leven 10k) took on a slightly altered course this year. The hill through Balloch Country Park was removed and a flatter course routed itself along the banks of the canal through Balloch.

There was a great turnout from Glenpark Harriers making the short trip across the water on a sunny Saturday morning. Paul Monaghan took full advantage of the good weather and new course, and finished 3rd overall in 34.40, and narrowly missed out to Paul Sorrie in 2nd by 2 seconds. Andrew Osborne finished just ahead of Mick McLoone who were 2nd and 3rd harriers respectively.

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Donna Campbell edged out Claire Monaghan for first female harriers but both picked up prizes in the vets categories. Terri Wall was third female harrier in just over 50 minutes. The bright red T shirts that were handed out to the competitors were very well received, with 6 of the runners turning up to the following Monday night hill session wearing them!

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Results: Paul Monaghan 34.40, Andrew Osborne 37.28, Mick McLoone 37.46, Donna Campbell 45.17, Claire Monaghan 45.32, Bernard Kangley 47.54, James Campbell 49.36, Terri Wall 50.05, John Carruthers 52.51, Fiona Cushnaghan 53.13, Heather Kangley 53.25, Angela Nelson 57.45, Elaine Medinelli 58.08, Sandra Devine 60.17


Bill Elder 10k 2019

Just a reminder to all members and interested others, this year’s season ending Bill Elder 10k takes place on Tuesday 6th August at 7.30pm. Start and registration at the middle gate of the Battery Park.  Lets try and get a smashing turnout from the club to close this season. All visitors welcome, entry is just £2 for members and £4 for guests. What a bargain!

Course Records Smashed on Bute

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,

 

Ravenscraig Stadium

JUNIOR TRAINING – For all those going to the track on Tuesday & Thursday this week please note the following Road Works.

Auchmead Road is closed from Inverkip Road from Monday 01/07/19 at 6am- Friday 05/07/19 at 5pm.
Diversion is via Cumberland Road and down Auchmead Road.

Please Note- Parking may be limited during this time.

May Review

National 5k Championships – Silverknowes, Edinburgh

The national 5k championship is held on the Esplanade at Silverknowes in Edinburgh each year. Despite the travel and it being the day before the Willie Jukes club race, 3 harriers headed through for the event. It is a fast and flat course if the wind behaves itself, which it sort of did on the night.

Harry McGill smashed his 5k PB with a storming run of 15.45. Shaun Lyon was not far behind at all, and also managed to dip under the 16 minute mark. Paul Monaghan made up the trio and was just under 17 minutes. The latter 2 dusted themselves down and put in strong showings at the club 5 miler the next day, with Shaun winning the race!

Results: Harry McGill 15.45, Shaun Lyon 15.52, Paul Monaghan 16.55

Mull of Knityre 10k and Half Marathon

The Mull of Kintyre running festival is a popular destination for spring holidays that take in a couple of local races. Malcolm McLean and Liz McAuslan ran in the 10k race. Whilst not being a PB route, it’s a lovely place to run in.

Robert Dolan tackled the half marathon and finished within the top 10. Whilst his eldest son Jude claimed the victory in the 14-15 age race.

Results:
10k: Malcolm McLean 46.10, Liz McAuslan 59.24
Half Marathon: Robert Dolan 89.01 (9th)

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The Edinburgh marathon festival provides our runners with an easily accessible venue for a spring half or full marathon. The routes from Edinburgh city centre takes the runners out east towards Mussellbrough and beyond.Eileen Stevenson completed her 6th marathon in a great time of 4.40. Eileen was cheered on by her family, where husband John and eldest daughter Nicola both completed the half marathon before venturing back out to cheer Eileen home!

Oliver Reilly completed his second marathon in as many months and managed to dip under the 3 1/2 hour mark once again. Somehow, Oliver was also able to run the Chisholm Mile in close to 5 minutes a few days later! Madness.One draw back of the half marathon is the 8am starting time.

Robert Wilson was caught by this early wake up call this year, he started about half an hour late and started to catch the trailing pack of runners from 1 mile to the end. A lot of ducking, diving and weaving ensued before Robert still managed to break 90 minutes, but probably ran over 14 miles! A disaster of a day but probably a good story to tell in a few years…

Results:
Marathon: Oliver Reilly 3.25.13, Eileen Stevenson 4.40.53
Half Marathon: John Stevenson 1.25.54, Nicola Stevenson 1.48.48, Robert Wilson 1.27.20

Whangie Whizz Hill Race

Harriers continued to turn up in great number for the hill racing calendar. This one near Carbeth is touted as a great introduction to the hill racing scene!Andy McCall was first back for harriers just ahead of training pal Daniel Doherty. Mick done won the battle of the v60s against Danny McLaughlin as he continues his training for an iron man!

Great to see so many of our ladies out again, just like at Kaim the previous month. Great team photo too!

Results: Andrew McCall 34.58, Daniel Doherty 36.11, Mick Dunn 40.50, Danny McLaughlin 42.43, Stephen Reid 44.40, Nicola Stevenson 46.02, Cheryl Thomas 47.13, Eileen Stevenson 58.12, Angela Nelson 63.52, Sandra Devine 67.44, Elaine Medinelli 68.05

Ben Lomond Hill Race

The other notable hill race last month was the tough climb up Ben Lomond, the popular local munro. Andrew McCall was first back again in under 90 minutes, 2 minutes quicker than last year. Robert Wilson Jnr and Danny McLaughlin were not far behind. Helen Ridley had a great run too and found herself just outside the top 10 ladies.

Results: Andrew McCall 89.01, Robert Wilson Jnr 93.31, Danny McLaughlin 95.09, Helen Ridley 1.45.13

Kintyre Way Ultra

Paul Monaghan lined up for his first official ultra at the Kintyre Way. Paul runs ultra distances for fun in training, but this was his debut with a vest and number. The route takes runners from Tarbert to Campbell town, a 32 mile run through varying terrain.

Bishopbriggs Triathlon

Danny McLaughlin completed the Bishopbriggs sprint triathlon in just over 1 hour 17. Pretty good considering he forgot half his gear and had to borrow it before the start! He still looks to be going strong on the bike though in this picture. Well done Danny!

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Land O’ Burns 10k

Viki Smith was very close to breaking her targeted 50 minute goal at this 10k in Ayr, but fell just 11 seconds shy. Plenty more opportunities as the 10k season gets into full swing!

Arisaig Running Festival

Lorna Coyle, Ross Neilson and Juliane Neilson all ran in the 10k at the Road to the Isles Running Festival in Mallaig. The route was quite tough with mixed terrain, hills and a few extra hundred metres at the end! Ross and Lorna both finished first in their age categories, with Ross coming 5th overall.

Results: Ross Neilson 45.05, Lorna Coyle 51.27, Juliane Neilson 73.21

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Records Tumble at T&F Championships

It was fantastic performances all round as the young Greenock Glenpark Harriers contested their Track & Field Championships at Ravenscraig Stadium. In blazing sunshine, 46 athletes competed over 100m, 600/800m, 300m and Long Jump. There were big improvements in performances in all the events from last year, testament to the hard work put in by the youngsters and their coaches. Highlighted by the fact that 30 Championship records were broken over the 35 events.

In the under 9’s Beth Docherty was the dominant girl winning all 3 track races but was pushed into 2nd by Aimee McEleny in the long jump. Jonathan Lamont was impressive in the distance events, but in the 100m sprint Samuel Cushnaghan took the honours with Murray Brown winning the long jump.

In the under 11’s Summer Taggart was impressive striking gold 3 times, with Erin McEleny out leaping her to stop the clean sweep; while the boys’ gold medals were split evenly between Leo Beaton and Douglas Campbell.

Under 13’s Ava Beaton and Ben Campbell were unstoppable on the track, but were out leapt by Sophie Campbell and David Docherty in the long jump.

In the under 15 age group Harris Morrison showed his all-round ability by winning the 4 boys events. Emma Aitken blasted away from the field to win the 100m, Abbie Tosh made it a double by winning the 300 & 800metres with Francesca McKay gaining success in the Jump.

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Scott Hannaway made it looked effortlessly as he cruised to victory in both the 100m and 400m taking just 11 and 53 seconds. His 2nd place in the Shot Putt to Mark Magee sealed enough points to win the overall Senior T&F title.