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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.

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…

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!


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


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.


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.

Babcock 10k Series 2019

This year marked the third year of the now Babcock sponsored 10k event series in May that has always been popular with our Harriers over the years. The series sees runners tackle Thursday night 10ks in Helensburgh and Dumbarton, and then the final even on a Sunday in Glasgow Green (Shettleston).

Helensburgh 10k

The first event took place in Helensburgh and followed the same route from Hermitage Academy heading west and encompassing many parts of the town. The conditions on the night were ideal, very little wind and mild temperatures. The route has a few short hills, but overall it is condjusive to fast times.

The fastest of those from the Harriers was Shaun Lyon, finishing in 5th overall and dipping under the 33 minute mark. This was Shaun’s second fastest ever time for 10k and his fastest for a few years, an excellent run. Stevie Campbell was 12th overall and 1st V40. Andrew White wasn’t far behind in 14th and first V50. Wes Pattison was 4th back for the harriers in a great time of 35.21.

Andrew Osborne and Stephen Hanley ran most of the race together. With Andrew returning from injury, he was able to pace Stephen for a PB of 37.24, taking almost 2 minutes off of his PB. Andrew was also happy with his run, with pacing duties allowing him to run a bit harder than he had planned.

Malcolm McLean ran well in just over 42 minutes and John Carruthers was able to take time off of his time from last year’s race.

The overall winner was able to break the 30 minute mark! It was a high quality field but many of the elites were biding their time for the west districts at Dumbarton the following week.

Results: Shaun Lyon 32.59, Steven Campbell 33.59, Andrew White 34.04, Wes Pattison 35.21, Stephen Hanley 37.24, Andrew Osborne 37.37, Malcolm McLean 42.22, John Carruthers 52.14

Dumbarton 10k

Dumbarton AC are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and to commemorate the occasion, they hosted the west district 10k championship at their annual race. Each runner on the night also got a great free t shirt as well!

The Dumbarton 10k was traditionally the fastest of the old series of 4 races, with a mostly flat course and less twists than the others. It could be argued that Shettleston is the fastest of the new series, with Clydebank and Vale of Leven running under separate organisers now.

The route follows a part of the popular Balloch to Clydebank half as it takes the cycle path east before turning back towards the town, with a finishing with a loop of the town and a short twist into the finish. Weather conditions not quite as ideal this week with a stiff breeze swirling around and hitting the runners a number of times.

Steven Campbell continued his V40 haul with a great run of 34.08 to claim 3rd in the category in a stacked field. Andy White was first V50 again, in a 40s slower time this week reflecting the difficulties faced by the conditions. Wes Pattison was able to shave 2 seconds off of his time from the previous week!

Stephen Hanley was buoyed by his PB the previous week and went off harder this week, and was able to hold on to secure another PB of 37.07. Andrew Osborne was very similar in time to his previous week. John Stevenson ran well and broke the 39 minute mark.

Oliver Reilly smashed his 10k PB and broke the 40 minute mark for the first time. Oliver has been smashing PBs all over the place for a few months now and is a great example of what the structured running training can do for you.

It was good to see Alan O’Rourke back out racing and John Carruthers wasn’t far off his time from the previous week. Fiona Cushnaghan was the sole female harrier on the night and was happy with her time, dipping just under 53 minutes.

Results: Steven Campbell 34.08, Andrew White 34.44, Wes Pattison 35.20, Stephen Hanley 37.07, Andrew Osborne 37.41, John Stevenson 38.57, Oliver Reilly 39.17, Malcolm McLean 43.35, Alan O’Rourke 45.26, John Carruthers 52.34, Fiona Cushnaghan 52.56

Shettleston 10k

The final race if the series takes place in Glasgow Green. A predominantly flat route offers the opportunity for fast times, but two short downhill zigzags can kill momentum. The weather on the day was far from ideal, with a strong southerly wind particularly noticeable at the far end of the race as runners cross the footbridge towards Shawfield Stadium.

Shaun Lyon was back for this one and produced another great run in 33.22 to place 7th overall. Shaun was bitterly disappointed to miss the Dumbarton race as he would have had a real chance of picking up an overall prize for the series.

Stevie Campbell collected another first place V40 prize for the race, holding off Paul Sorrie of Shettleston by just 4 seconds! A very successful few weeks for Stevie. Wes Pattison was 3rd back for the club in 35.37, showing real consistency over the series.

Stephen Hanley made it 3 PBs in a row for the series but was left agonisingly close to sub 37 by just one second! Still a great run of PBs after a hard few months training.

There was a good crowd up running at Glasgow Green on a fairly miserable morning. Hopefully see more harriers out running these sort of races as the summer season continues.

Results: Shaun Lyon 33.22, Steven Campbell 34.28, Wes Pattison 35.37, Stephen Hanley 37.01, Andrew Osborne 38.02, George McCallum 40.22, Alan O’Rourke 44.11, David Carruthers 55.55

There have been a lot of other races in the month of May, so keep an eye out on the website in the coming week for a review of these races. Just a quick reminder to members to include our full club name when registering for official races, it makes it easier to find everyones result online.

Young Harriers Run in the Sun


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.

2019 GGH T&F Championship results

2019 GGH T&F Championship results