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Willow Bowl 2018

Saturday 17th February saw the Greenock Cut play host to the annual Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willow Bowl Race. The near 8 mile route sees the runners start along the long damn near the Waterman’s cottage and takes them up the back hill towards Loch Thom. The runners then pass through Cornalees, into the nature trail and back onto the Greenock Cut towards the finish line at the Waterman’s Cottage. The race is a conceding handicap race, with the runners set out in reverse order, with the aim that they all finish roughly the same time. This always results in a frantic finish, as the runners try and catch those in front before the finish line. This year was no different, and the first 15 runners all crossed the line within the space of 2 minutes.

Donna Clark was this year’s winner of the handicap race, finishing half a minute clear of the field. Donna found herself leading the race with around 1.5 miles to go, and she was looking over her shoulder to see if anyone was gong to catch her from there to the finish line. Nobody did, and Donna’s great run was rewarded with the trophy. This run follows up a strong showing at this month’s Renfrewshire Road race for Donna, and her hard work is paying off. One of the many fantastic photographs taken on the day captures Donna with one mile to go, looking comfortable with a stunning backdrop.

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This race was a favourite of the late Tommy Knight, a long standing member of the Harriers who sadly passed away at the tail end of 2017. As recognition of this, Tommy’s family donated a new trophy to be awarded on the day. It was decided that the new trophy would be passed onto the first veteran to cross the line in the handicap race. It was somewhat fitting that long time member and past senior champion Steven Campbell took the trophy home on Saturday. Steven finished the handicap race in 2nd place behind Donna, and put in a really strong run of just over 47 minutes. Steven can be seen in the picture below frantically chasing down Nicola Stevenson near the end of the race.

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In the senior mens race, Chris Mooney was set the daunting task of having to chase down the entire field by being sent out last. His nearest competitor had a 2 1/2 minute head start on him from the word go, and it would be a lonely run for Chris as he wouldn’t see another runner until Cornalees! This didn’t put him off though, and Chris ran a super sub 45 minute race, which included a sub 35 minute 10k along the Cut! His speed saw him catch all but 3 of the other runners in the race, and he took home the mens prize by over 2 minutes from Steven Campbell in 2nd place. Andy McCall revels in these sort of runs, and he put in a good performance to finish 3rd in both the mens and senior races. He was probably a little disappointed that the gates on the cut were open, leaving him without the option to jump over them!

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Last year’s Lady winner Sue Hewitson made it two in a row on her home track. Sue ran the race in just over 57 minutes on a course that really suits her strong running style. Donna Clark’s run was rewarded with a runners up spot in the scratch race, with Nicola Stevenson putting in a great performance to take 3rd. Current ladies champion Marian Monk was next, and keeps her position at the top of this year’s ladies championship standings. Lorna Coyle was narrowly pipped into 5th position, and Marianne McKay had a great run to finish 6th.

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There was great support all the way along the route from fellow harriers and a big thanks goes out to all of them for their encouragement on the day. Special thanks goes to Planet AD Photography and to Thomas Loehndorf for some fantastic photos on the day. Last but not least we want to say a big thank you to The Willow Bar for their continual support of the race with their sponsorship. The runners all appreciate the spread put on in the Willow Bar after the race.

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Results (handicap times in brackets):

Chris Mooney 44.51 (76.51) 1st Male, Stevie Campbell 47.04 (76.34) 1st Vet handicap, Andy McCall 48.48 (76.48), Paul Monaghan 50.14 (79.44), John Stevenson 50.36 (77.06), Paul Beaton 52.09 (77.39), Danny McLaughlin 52.48 (77.18), Derrick MacNish 53.34 (77.04), Chris Watson 53.38 (78.38), Richard Davidson 53.53 (78.53), Stephen Hanley 54.04 (77.34), Graham McGrattan 55.33 (79.03), Sue Hewitson 57.04 (78.04) 1st Lady, Malcolm McLean 58.23 (80.53), Duncan Anderson 58.59 (79.29), Stephen Reid 59.02 (77.32), James McFadden 59.39 (79.09), Donna Clark 59.57 (75.57) 1st Handicap, Ian McKee 60.26 (78.56), Nicola Stevenson 62.01 (77.01), Marian Monk 62.21 (80.51), Lorna Coyle 62.24 (77.54), Matthew Young 63.16 (78.46), Colin Campbell 63.2 (79.5), Marianne McKay 63.35 (77.35), Kevin Gill 63.57 (81.57), Ian Hanley 64.52 (78.52), Kenny Scott 66.19 (78.19), Claire Monaghan 66.25 (78.55), Lucas Bezian 66.32 (77.32), Andy McLean 66.35 (79.35), Boyd McKenzie 67.29 (80.29), Graeme Crawford 73.23 (82.23), Barry O’Donnell 80.49 (91.49), Wenda Crawford 87.41 (89.41)

Inverclyde Sports Personality

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Greenock Glenpark Harriers have been nominated in two categories for this year’s Inverclyde Sports Personality of the Year.

The club has been nominated as Club of the year and Stevie McLoone has been nominated as adult volunteer of the year. If you would like to vote in both categories, you can do so via the link below. Good luck to everyone involved.

http://www.inverclydesportspersonality.com/

Saturday – GGH Juniors

*Important Notice – Saturday 17th February

The Inverclyde Primary Schools races have been changed from Tower Hill to the Battery Park – you will need to be at the Boat shed in the park for 9.15am. The races will now be run on the tarmac path!!!

*(1.4km)Primary 5&6: Girls at 10.00am; Boys 10.15am

*(1.7km)Primary 7 Girls & Boys 10.30am

The Harriers Final cross country league time trial for all juniors will take place at Tower Hill, with warm-up starting at 11.15am. Youngsters can do both if they are feeling fit.

Time Trial: 1 mile under 11s, 2miles under 13s, 3 miles under 15s.

Wear your spikes as there will be plenty of mud 😀

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Harriers Willow Bowl Race

Willow Bowl – 17th February 2018 – Greenock Cut – 2pm start
The next race in the Club championship. Seniors: 7.5 miles conceding handicap race. Start at the Long Dam, turn left and uphill at Waterman’s Cottage follow the trail over the hill, and down past the compensation reservoir to the Cornalees Visitor Centre. Go through gates, down steps onto the Cut. Follow the Cut for 5 miles back to the Waterman’s Cottage then back to “Long Dam”. Post race Refreshments in the Willow Bar (our Race Sponsor)

Juniors (primary school) will be competing in their schools xc races at Tower Hill in the morning. older Juniors will also be at Tower Hill at 11.15am for xc time trial.

There will be a new trophy for this race in memory of GGH stalwart Tommy Knight.

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Sophie & Ewan Lead Harriers XC League

10/2/2018 – It was another good turnout from the young Harriers as it reached the penultimate weekend of their X-C league, at Tower Hill. Leading the way for the Girls is Sophie McLaughlan while Ewan Ferguson & Harry McGill will battle it out next week for the Boys Title

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Pictures from Saturdays session below:

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Junior & Senior cross country training session at Tower Hill this Saturday at 11am to 12pm .

This will be last chance for Seniors to get a  xc session prior to the Nationals at Falkirk.

**Final Reminder – Entry forms for Falkirk will be sent away this weekend, make sure all SENIORS have informed Club Captains John Stevenson & Marian Monk. There are no late entries for this race allowed.

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Trainer takes County Gold

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Sunday 4th February saw Greenock host the annual Renfrewshire Road Races. For once the weather Gods were kind on the runners and mild temperatures and no wind made it absolute perfect conditions for running. The five mile course took the seniors round the Battery Park and out the Esplanade to Campbell Street where they were turned back to retrace their steps, finishing behind the Battery Park pavilion.

Stephen Trainer lead the pack in the early stages before breaking away with Corstorphine AAC runner Dougie Selman. Both runners would break the 25 minute mark for the 5 miles, with Dougie just edging the overall race. However, Stephen was almost 45 seconds clear among the Renfrewshire athletes and took gold from Jack Arnold (Bellahouston Harriers) and Scott MacAuley (Kilbarchan AAC). A superb run from Stephen!

Shaun Lyon put in a great performance, running 25.47 for 4th place in the Renfrewshire standings. It is really promising to see Shaun and Stephen in this form leading into this month’s National Cross Country. Steven Campbell secured the victory in the v40 category with a run of 27.27. The mens top 6 counters were rounded off with good runs from Andrew Osborne, John Stevenson (3rd v40) and Gordon Hepburn, but sadly the team narrowly missed out on the bronze medal position. Not far behind was Graham McGrattan, securing a resounding win in the v60 race.

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There was further success in the mens race with the ever smiling Eddie Devine taking home the gold medal in the v70 race. Well done Eddie! Elsewhere, Robin McAuslan put in a really good run and it was good to see the return from Oz of David Roberts.

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In the womans race, Sue Hewiton was first female Harrier home in 33.23, narrowly missing out on a v40 medal in the process. It was good run from Sue, who ran well here last year and is just starting to get back to full fitness following an injury hit winter. Donna Clark out sprinted fellow Harrier Stephen Reid to finish in second place out of the female Harriers in 35.00. Lorna Coyle rounded out the top 3 counters for the ladies, who narrowly missed out on a bronze team medal. However, Lorna was able to claim silver in the v50 category having raced on Saturday too!

There was a great fun from Fiona MacFarlane to break 37 minutes. Marianne McKay also raced at the vets cross country mudbath on Saturday, so it was good to see her finish the back to back. Kilbarchan AAc were the big winners on the day in the ladies races. Gemma Rankin led home team mate Elspeth Curran to take gold, with Catriona MacDonald of Bellahouston Road Runners taking bronze.

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Overall, there was a great turnout from Glenpark with 25 seniors and 26 juniors running on the day. There was also a huge contingent of supporters lining the routes. The seniors were treated to yells of encouragement throughout, hardly running a minute without someone else cheering them on.

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Senior 5 mile results:
Stephen Trainer 24:47, Shaun Lyon 25:47, Steven Campbell 27:27, Andrew Osborne 29:11 John Stevenson 29:36, Gordon Hepburn 30:29, Chris Watson     31:18, Graham McGrattan 31:27, Stephen Hanley, 31:28, David Roberts 32:37, Sue Hewitson 33:23, Duncan Anderson 33:55, Robin McAuslan 34:04, Stephen Reid 35:00, Donna Clark 35:00, Lorna Coyle 36:42, Fiona McFarlane 36:53, Sandra Campbell 37:38, Marianne McKay 37:55, Claire Monaghan 38:46, Kenny Scott 38:54, Robert Rideout 40:09, Gerry Gillespie 44:37, Grace Campbell 45:07, Edward Devine 50:50