24 of our juniors along with parents and coaches meant it was a sizeable contingent who travelled to Rothesay for our annual trip to the Bute Highland Games.
After a light drizzle in the morning the sun soon broke through for another glorious day of competition.
The under 11s were first away with a very demanding schedule of 4 races within an hour (heat & final in both the 100m and 200m).
Leo Beaton was the day’s outstanding athlete repeating last year’s double victories in the sprints. Also among the trophies were Aimee McEleny, and Beth Docherty.
The older athletes, also had the 800m as well as the sprints to contest, and they had the added incentive of cash prizes for the first 3 places. They didn’t disappoint as the Harriers dominated the track events with 10 of them coming away with the money.
In the 10k race it was success at last for local man Shaun Lyon winning for the first time after previously finishing 2nd on 4 occasions. The Harriers other Bute man Wes Pattison also placed well finishing in 6th place overall. Also taking part were Juniors Shaun Wiseman and Jude Dolan (who had earlier competed in the 100m, 200m and 800m) Oliver Reilly, Mathew Young and Marianne McKay.
Greenock Glenpark Harriers will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm, in the Orangefield Clubhouse. All members are invited to attend.
Agenda: Reports from President, Secretary, Treasurer /Setting of Club Fees/
Election of Committee for 2019-20 season / Any Other Business
Day 2 National T&F Championships under 17s & Seniors
It was another blustery day interspersed with heavy showers at Grangemouth on day 2 of the National Championships.
Scott McCluckie and Mark Magee had an early morning start for the Senior Men’s 200m heats. Mark was first away, having raced very little and only his first time over 200m this season, can take confidence from a time of 25.00 just outside his lifetime best. Scott also put in a solid performance, close to a season best to finish 6th in 24.00 in the 3rd heat.
Harry McGill having qualified for the under 17s men’s 1500m final the previous day, had kept himself well in contention for a medal up until the last 400metres, but was unable to sustain his challenge as he faded slightly to 6th in a time of 4.14minutes. There was a lot to be pleased about his weekend’s performance; this was an improvement on his 10th place in last year’s final, and his final two laps of his heat were covered in 66 & 60 seconds, his best for 800m was previously 2.10 minutes. Harry now looks forward to representing Scotland in mountain running at the World Youth Trophy in Susa in Italy next weekend.
Day 1 National T&F Championships Under 17s & Seniors
The athletes at the National Championships at Grangemouth Stadium were met with very blustery conditions, not ideal for fast times, but thankfully for them the forecast of rain held off for the day.
First away for the Harriers was Abbie Tosh in heat 1 of the Under 17 women’s 800metres. Abbie looked strong throughout and contested well in what was her first year in her age group. It was an excellent time considering the strong wind down the back straight to come home in 2.46minutes just a second off her personal best to finish in 6thplace.
Harry McGill was up next in the 1500m, where there were 2 heats with only the top 4 guaranteed to qualify for the final.
In an extremely cautious opening the whole field were still together, moving at jogging pace for the first 2 laps. From then on it wound up rapidly until the bell, where the top 5 then moved clear of the rest. Into the home straight Harry was under pressure but managed to hold on – with just a little to spare- to take 4th in 4.25 minutes and a place in tomorrow’s final. It was the closest race of the day with just ½ a second separating the first 5 across the line.
It was then the turn of senior men Mark Magee and Scott McCluckie in the heats of the 400metres. In Heat 1 Mark looked very quick over the first 250m, but tied up a little down the home straight, but should be pleased with a season’s best of 54.99 seconds.
Scott in Heat 3 was a bit disappointed with his performance but was just outside his quickest time this season in difficult conditions . Both go again tomorrow in the 200metres.
Scott Hannaway stamped his class on the JK Neave memorial 100m Handicap, at Ravenscraig stadium, as he set 3 championship bests on his way to the trophy. It was impressive running by the youngster dipping under 11 seconds in his Heat, Semi and Final.
It was a great turnout with 54 athletes, young and old, lining up for the 8 heats of the age based handicap competition.
With 4 qualifying from each of the heats, all the favourites made it comfortably through to the semi-finals, with the Heat winners being Jonathan Lamont, Ava Beaton, Mark Magee, Scott McCluckie, Scott Hannaway, Sophie Campbell, Ben Campbell and Jude Dolan.
The Semi-Finals were much more tense with only the top 2 from each race progressing to the final. The closest race came in S/F 2 when Mark Magee and Scott McCluckie only just managed to catch & pass Emma Aitken on the line. It was another fine run from Emma fresh from her impressive performance at the National Championships at the weekend.
Also making his way quietly through the heats was Micky Dunn a winner and runner-up in the previous 2 years, this time though he seemed to be struggling only finishing 3rd in his heat and 2nd in the semi.
The Final itself had a familiar look as it contained 4 of last years finalists’ – Sophie McGinty, Ava Beaton, and Katie Johnson along with Micky; and as expected the 3 sprint specialists the 2 Scott’s and Mark Magee, with surprise package Leo Beaton joining them.
It was no surprise though to see Scott Hannaway burst into the lead by halfway to go 10 metres clear on the line, but behind him it was a blanket finish for the minor places, with Scott McCluckie taking the runners-up spot and Micky Dunn saving his best for the final to take 3rd.
Final: 1st Scott Hannaway 10.75, 2nd Scott McCluckie 11.58, 3rd Micky Dunn 11.87, 4th Mark Magee 12.57, 5th Ava Beaton, 6th Katie Johnson, 7th Leo Beaton, 8th Sophie McGinty.
The 2018-19 Greenock Glenpark Harriers season came to a close last week with the final race, the Bill Elder 10k. The 3 main championship titles were still up for grabs going into the race, with the standings very tight.
The senior championship was a shootout between Steven Campbell and Andy White. The season started with Chris Mooney carrying on where he left off last year, winning 2 races early on before injury stopped him in his tracks in the new year. Andy White was on a tear through the winter months, smashing PBs and picking up age category medals everywhere. This form carried over to the club races, as Andy put himself to the top of the table in the Spring. However, injury caught up with him too. The ever present Stevie Campbell took full advantage and a string of great races saw him propel himself to the top with one race to go, but Andy was back from injury and could still claim victory with a win. However, Stevie Campbell led from the off and secured not only the race win for the club, but the championship win too. He held off a great challenge from Paul Monaghan in second place. Meanwhile John Bell of Inverclyde won the overall race in an amazing time of 31.06.
Stevie Campbell also secured the V40 championship in the process. Andy’s return allowed him to take the V50 championship in his first year. Graham McGrattan had already secured the v60 category, and will face good battle to retain it next year with Danny McLaughlin now of age.
Claire Monaghan has been improving more than anyone else in the club over the last few years. This year, she ran 10 out of the 11 club races and was consistently in the top 3. This saw her sit 2 points clear going into the last race ahead of Sandra Campbell. Sandra was another one who has succumbed to injury towards the end of the season, which sadly saw her fall just shy of making it to the last race. Sue Hewitson has amassed a number of wins through the season, but having ran only 6 races she was one race shy of challenging. New club member Chloe Simpson had won all 3 club races she had entered in her debut year, and ran a cracking 10k PB in the final race to secure a narrow win from Sue. However, Claire Monaghan finished the season with another top 3 finish to take home the Woman’s Championship. Claire has been brilliant all year and thoroughly deserves her name up on the board.
In the woman’s age category championships, Claire was a clear winner in the v35 category. Lorna Coyle was able to secure the v45 and v55 titles in another consistent year from her.
The handicap championship would also be decided on the night. There were 10 runners within 10 points of the leader. Stephen Hanley went into the race with a 3 point lead, but was off sunning himself in Malta. Probably for the best considering he has some responsibility for the handicaps… Robert Dolan also had a chance of winning, just 4 points behind, but he was also absent to top up his tan ahead of next season. It was John Stevenson who took full advantage with his 6th place finish, picking up 5 points that took him to the top of the standings. His second handicap championship victory, showing that consistent running is the key. Well done John.
The handicap race was tight between two ladies who both smashed their PBs on the night. Fiona MacFarlane ran a fantastic race, and was over the moon with her PB. But it was Chloe Simpson who edged it to take home her second trophy of the night. There were also PBs for Oliver Reilly and Eric Lindsay, who both must be in contention for the best newcomer award this year.
A couple of stats to finish. We had 2 runner who ran all of the races this year. Stevie Campbell (a regular ever present) and Stephen Reid who ran them all for the first time. Claire Monaghan only missed one, and Callum Gorry was literally just one mile short of doing them all! Another great stat is that there were over 110 different harriers that ran in the senior club runners, and another 20+ juniors who ran in the mile race. A tremendous turnout. Hopefully we see you all for the first race of next year on Saturday 21st September! The final standings and the handicap results from last week are available for download below: