Bill Elder 10k 2018

The 2018 Greenock Glenpark Harriers season came to a close on Tuesday night with the Bill Elder 10k road race. The turnout for the seniors race was excellent with 52 senior runners starting the race, a good increase on last year. The conditions were ideal, with very little breeze on a mild night. The rout takes the runner out from the Battery Park, along the esplanade and further east to the old Custom House. Runners are looped around the clock and retrace their steps back to the finish line in the Battery Park.

Club Champion Chris Mooney set off chasing the lead bike and set a rapid early pace that saw him break away from the crowd early on. Impressively, Chris maintained this pace all the way to the finish and recorded a PB of 33.21 to bag his 7th club race victory of the season. It was almost enough to bag him the Handicap championship too. Andrew White led the way going into the final race, with only a 2 point cushion over Chris, Robert Dolan and John Stevenson. With the latter 2 unable to attend, Chris looked like Andy’s biggest threat. Once the sums were done, Chris was 30 seconds ahead of Andy on the night and leapfrogged him in the standings. However, out of the chasing pack there was to be a twist in the tale…

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Duncan Anderson ran his first 10k PB since 2014 with a great time of 39.35. This was good enough for 3rd in the handicaps on the night and sent him to the top of the handicap standings to take the overall title by 2 points. Duncan has been knocking on the door in the handicap races in the last few months and has continued to improve as the season wore on, a well deserved winner. The handicap winner on the night was Sandra Campbell. Sandra has been in the club for the majority of this season and has shown good form leading up to this race, and she took the handicap race on the night by 30 seconds from Grace Campbell. Grace took 2 minutes off of her time from last year’s race.

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Ladies Champion Marian Monk took home her 7th club race win of the season in 45.16. Marian has shown incredible consistency this season and this win tops it off. One of the most notable runs in the ladies race was from brand new member Lauren Reid. Having joined the club this week, Lauren ran a superb 45.48 to finish in 2nd position. With fellow youngster Nicola Stevenson in 3rd spot on 46.16 (a great PB for Nicola), the young ladies are right on Marian’s heels going into next season and hopefully for the upcoming cross country season!

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Another runner who has been improving throughout the season is Claire Monaghan. Claire ran an incredible 1min 35sec PB on the night! Another notable PB was for Steven Smith. Steven has struggled with injuries this year, and has been slowly recovering over the summer months. His patience was well rewarded with his PB time of 43.44, having not raced in at least 6 months. Well done guys!

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Other notable good runs came from Daniel Doherty who looks like he is close to being back to his best with a time of 35.38, only 17secs shy of a PB. Shaun Marshall pushed his way close to the top 5 with a run of 37.25. Steven Watson dipped under 40 mins as he continues his return from injury. There were also strong runs from Richard Davidson, Ross Neilson and Mick McLoone.

The age category championships were also concluded on Tuesday night. Andrew White capped off an excellent season by taking home the v40 title. Danny McLaughlin won the v50 while Graham McGrattan won the v60 and Eddie Devine the v70. On the ladies side, there was further success for Marian Monk in winning the v35 and v45 titles whilst Lorna Coyle won the v55. Well done everyone!

10Km: Chris Mooney 33.21(31.51), David Tamburini 34.33 (guest), Andrew White 34.51 (32.21), Paul Monaghan 35.16 (32.16), Sean Gaffney 35.28 (guest), Daniel Doherty 35.38 (31.38), Mick McLoone 36.06 (32.06), Steven Campbell 37.07 (34.07), Shaun Marshall 37.25 (31.35), Andy Osborne 37.31 (32.31), Andy McCall 37.32 (33.32), Colin Morrison 38.15 (guest), Chris Watson 39.11 (33.41), Alan Mollins 39.19 (J), Duncan Anderson 39.35 (31.05), Richard Davidson 39.37 (32.07), Paul Beaton 39.41 (33.41), Steven Watson 39.44 (32.14), Chris Jones 40.05 (34.05), Stephen Hanley 40.16 (32.46), Ross Neilson 40.28 (32.58), Brian McCluskey 40.32 (32.32), Danny McLaughlin 40.37 (33.07), Graham McGrattan 41.30 (33.00), Stewart Anderson 42.22 (32.52), David Roberts 43.23 (37.53), Roger Stewart 43.28 (35.28), Stephen Reid 43.35 (32.05), Steven Smith 43.44 (32.44), David Ness 44.15 (32.45), Stuart Crawford 44.23 (33.23), Ian McKee 44.24 (32.54), Matthew Young 44.33 (35.03), Alan O’Rourke 44.47 (34.17), Robin McAuslan 45.01 (32.31), Marian Monk 45.16 (33.16), Mick Dunn 45.40 (35.10), Lauren Reid 45.48 (34.18), Nicola Stevenson 46.16 (32.16), Claire Monaghan 47.03 (31.33), Sandra Campbell 47.17 (30.17), Jim Cuffe 47.55 (34.55), Marianne McKay 48.06 (32.36), Cheryl Thomas 49.10 (33.40), Kenny Scott 49.44 (33.14), Fiona McFarlane 49.57 (33.57), Gerry Gillespie 50.16 (34.16), Sharon Black 52.42 (35.42), Simon Hutton 53.48 (35.48), Grace Campbell 56.46 (30.46), Angela Hill 65.24 (guest)

Bill Elder  Junior Road Race  7th August 2018 – Battery Park

It was an exciting end to the 2017-18 Junior championship with all of the titles finally decided as 24 youngsters contested  the 1km & 2km road races around the Battery Park in Greenock.

A tremendous battle unfolded at the front of the field with the under 11 trio of Douglas Campbell, Euan Johnson and David Docherty setting a fast tempo.  The three remained neck and neck throughout, and into the last 200m the pace was gradually wound up to a full-on sprint to the line. It was a delighted Douglas this time taking the honours in the closest of finishes.

Sophie McLaughlan dominated the girls’ race, going out very strongly from the start for a clear victory, but bunched closely together for the minor places were Maria McCabe, Erin McEleny and Leah Knox.

Over 2km the results went as expected with Harry McGill taking the win from Ewan Ferguson. The pair waited till the second lap before putting in an injection of pace, Ewan doing well to hold the gap to 8 seconds. Katie Johnson again looked impressive with top place in the girls group, who are continuing to show steady improvement. In the Handicap competition David Docherty took maximum points, showing the biggest improvement in recent weeks.

Boys 1km: Douglas Campbell 3.42, Euan Johnson 3.42, David Docherty 3.43, Nathan Adams 3.58, Connor McCrorey 4.03, Leo Beaton 4.10, Oliver Jones 4.22, Ruari Trainer 4.47.

Girls 1km: Sophie McLaughlan 3.52, Maria McCabe 4.07, Erin McEleny 4.11, Leah Knox 4.14, Ashlin Monaghan 4.38, Charlotte Jones 4.38, Aimee McEleny 5.01, Stella McCabe 5.03.

Boys 2km: Harry McGill 7.05, Ewan Ferguson 7.13, Shaun Wiseman 8.06, Alex Wiseman 9.22.

Girls 2Km: Katie Johnson 8.20, Ava Beaton 8.42, Abbie Tosh 9.06, Olivia Trainer 9.47.

Handicap – 1st David Docherty, 2nd Abbie Tosh. 3rd Leah Knox

Well done to all our Junior 2017-18 Club Champions, with 4 youngsters taking a club title for the first time (Olivia, Euan, Sophie & Abbie)

U20 Joshua Ruddy

U17 Ryan Brown

U15 Harry McGill & Olivia Trainer

U13 Jude Dolan & Ruby McGill

U11 Euan Johnson & Sophie McLaughlan

Handicap Champion – Abbie Tosh

Curtain comes down on Harriers 2017/18 Season

It was a fitting finale to the club championship as new senior champions confirmed their dominance over the season by claiming the Bill Elder 10k silver salvers. Chris Mooney set a PB of 33.21, over a minute clear of the trio of veterans David Tamburini 34.33, Andrew White 34.51 and Paul Monaghan 34.16.  The first over 50 was Mick McLoone in 36.06.

Marian Monk was made to work for the win (45.16), but she will have new competition in the next season with the addition to the club of Lauren Reid who’s excellent debut time of 45.48 gave her 2nd place. Also close behind in 3rd was Nicola Stevenson 46.16.

The closest finish of the evening was the under 11 boys 1km race, with just one second separating Douglas Campbell, Euan Johnson and David Docherty, with Douglas just having the edge in a thrilling sprint to the line. Sophie McLaughlan was top girl with a very strong run to go under the 4 minute mark, ahead of  Maria McCabe and Erin McEleny.

In the 2km race Harry McGill (7.05) left it late to push clear of Ewan Ferguson (7.13) with Shaun Wiseman taking 3rd in 8.06. Katie Johnson (8.20) looked impressive over the longer distance as she pulled away from runner-up Ava Beaton (8.42) and Abbie Tosh (9.06).

Full Results (including Handicap) to follow

 

Race Review July 2018

The latter half of July has been a relatively quiet month for Greenock Glenpark in terms of racing. However we have seen some members trying out new things and getting the vest out there. The first few weeks in August will be busy with the club’s 10k tonight followed by the inaugural Port Glasgow 10k the following Sunday. We hope to see as many members as possible out running or helping out these events.

Run The Blades 

Three hardy Harriers travelled to Whitelees Windfarm to tackle the 50k race, its a hilly, tough underfoot race. For two of the trio it was their 1st ultras, in fact Lisa Ruddy has never done a marathon so she was in very unknown territory. Lisa flew through the race in an amazing 5hrs 8mins, an ultra runner for sure. Viki Smith having done 2 marathons already this year, finished in 5hrs 39mins and loved the race. Fiona Cushnaghan was returning for the 2nd year, last years race ended up at 52k and the weather was wind and rain, so thankfully it was 50k and the weather was overcast. Again Fiona had done 2 marathons already this year and with a recent holiday and lack of training she was happy to finish in 6hrs 17mins. A great event, well organised and you get to see a lot of wind turbines.

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On the Friday night before the Ultra, 3 Harriers made the trip to Whitelees for the Run the Blades 10k. Charlotte McKay, Ashley Anderson and new member Sheenagh Gray ran the event which covers a reasonably undulating course through the wind farm and around the Lochgoin Reservoir. Well done girls!

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Results:
10k: Sheenagh Gray 49.36, Ashley Anderson 49.36, Charlotte McKay 68.12
Ultra: Lisa Ruddy 5.08, Viki Smith 5.39, Fiona Cushnaghan 6.17

GAA Miler Meet, Scotstoun – 5000m and 1500m track

Chris Mooney and Daniel Doherty took part in the 5000m heats at Scotstoun Stadium. Each heat was filled with runners trying to achieve specific time, with the fastest predicted times going in the last heat of the night. Chris Mooney was entered into the 3rd fastest heat where the pacer was set out to run around the 16 minute mark. Chris, with a PB of 16.12 previously, set out to try and get as close to the 16 minute mark as possible. His time on the night was 16.03 which was good for 7th in his heat and an excellent new pb! Another strong run from our Club Champion, even if he is still a strong critic of his own form in the photos…

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Daniel Doherty was in the previous heat where the pacer was set out to run just under 16.30 pace (and it was our very own Stephen Trainer fulfilling this duty). Daniel has a pb of 16.28, so this pace was ideal to test himself. Daniel ran the heat in 17.01 which he was very happy with and gave him a good indication of his current form coming into the autumn season.

The second set of heats on the night were for the 1500m. Both Robin McAuslan and Stephen Hanley has put in predicted times of 5.30 and 5 mins respectively.  This saw them sent out in the first heat of the 1500m where the pacer was targeting 5mins. Robin was very close to hitting his target with a run of 5.34, which was still a massive PB for Robin in the 1500m!

Given the target time of 5 mins, the heat consisted of vets, junior female athletes and Stephen… However, he stuck to the task and kept the pacer and leading girl in sight until the last bend and sprinted home to win the heat in 4.58. This was Stephen’s first time running a 1500m and wasn’t put off trying it again, even if it means racing against the weans!

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Photo courtesy of Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics

Scottish Aquathlon Championships, Balloch

Marian Monk and Danny McLaughlin headed over to Balloch for this year’s Scottish Aquathlon Championships. This involved a 750 m open water swim in Loch Lomond followed by a 5km trail race.

Danny finished 38th overall and 4th in his age group whilst Marian finished 40th overall and 3rd in her age group. Marian commented saying that this was a great event, with very friendly and welcoming people. One to look out for next year for more Harriers.

Results:
Danny: Swim – 15.25, Run – 20.49, Total 38.16
Marian: Swim – 13.03, Run 23.45, Total 38.33

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Irvine Aquathlon

Marian travelled down to Ayrshire one week on from Balloch to compete in the new Irvine Aquathlon. This involved a 750m open water swim in a flat calm pond followed by a 5k run through Shewalton woods. Marian finished 3rd overall and 1st female! Well done Marian.

Marian said that the triathlon was well attended but the newly introduced aquathlon was light on numbers, definitely one for the diary next year as it is an especially good event for anyone new to open water swimming.

Results: Swim – 12.12, Run 22.37, Total 35.46

Dunoon 10k and Half Marathon

A strong contingent of harriers headed across the water on Saturday 4th August for the Dunoon half marathon and 10k. Both races see the runners set off south from Dunoon before turning back, with the half marathon looping round Toward at the southern peninsula. A strong headwind in one direct saw it being a tough race for the harriers, who still managed some good times considering.

Andrew Osborne was first back in the half in 9th overall position with a time of 83.55. Marianne McKay was first lady back in 1.48.28 whilst Cheryl Thomas got a new pb in 1.54.13.

Local lad Alan Mollins had a cracking run in the 10k with a time of 38.32, whilst Danny McLaughlin also dipped under the 40 minute mark. Fiona McFarlane was first lady Harrier in 50.19. It was good to see new members Sharon and David Black running the 10k in their first outing for the club.

Half Marathon: Andrew Osborne 83.55, Paul Beaton 92.30, Marianne McKay 1.48.28, Cheryl Thomas 1.54.13, Kevin Gill 2.06.23

10k: Alan Mollins 38.32, Danny McLaughlin 39.55, Fiona McFarlane 50.19, Sharon Black 53.03, David Black 70.21

Final Race in 2017-18 Championship

Tuesday evening (7th August) see’s the curtain come  down on the GGH 2017-18 championship with the Bill Elder Road Races at the Battery Park.

Junior races over 1km & 2km start at 7.15pm, while the seniors 10km gets underway at 7.30pm. Registration is at the Battery park from 6.30pm.

*Please note there will be no training at Ravenscraig Stadium on this evening.

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