Young Harriers Top of the Class

Scott Hannaway, Harry McGill and Harris Morrison were Glenpark Harriers ‘Hat trick Hares’ at the Scottish Schools Track & Field Championships, with all three winning National medals.

Scott had an incredible double success claiming the 200m and 400m titles at Grangemouth stadium. On the first day of the championships he lined up for the final of the one lap sprint as one of the favourites for the title. And true to form Scott was soon moving ahead of the competition as the race developed on the back straight. As the athletes negotiated the final bend Scott was in front and continued to flow down the home straight to claim his first Scottish Schools title.

Shortly after Scott’s victory Harry McGill took to the demands of the 3,000m. As had been the case in recent races Harry was among the leaders for the first few laps before striking for home. The increased pace soon separated the field, Harry then opened up a gap from the chasing pack which proved vital as he to strode confidently to the 3,000m title and the second Gold of the championships for the young harriers.

On day 2 Harris Morrison contested the 800m final after progressing through his heat the day before. Running a mature first lap he was positioned outside the leaders, however moving through the gears on the back straight Harris began his assault for the title.  With every stride he began passing the athletes in front of him reaching the home straight in fourth place. Another change of gear and an excited crowd saw Harris soon into 2nd place and getting closer to the leader with both crossing the line within half second of each other; and a well-deserved visit to the podium to collect his silver medal and a new lifetime best by some 4 seconds.

Scott Hannaway then took to the final of the 200m in determined fashion. An electric start saw Scott close the gap on the athletes outside him and lead the race into the home straight; relaxing into top speed Scott held off the chasing pack to claim his second title and a lifetime best.

Ava Beaton had a superb performance in the 800m but was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final. But she had the consolation of a superb PB of 2.32mins, a time that places her in the top 10 in Scotland.

Also competing were Shaun Wiseman, Abbie Tosh, Ben Campbell and Emma Aitken who all performed exceptionally well in their first National outdoor Championships.

This is no overnight success for the youngsters, but from years of hard work and dedication. In particular Harry and Scott, the more senior of the juniors competing this weekend.

Harry joined Glenpark Harriers in 2011 as a young 8 year old, and has steadily progressed, with this year finally achieving his first national titles and also representing Scotland at International level.

While Scott 4 years ago this week, as a young novice, did the sprint double at the Inverclyde schools championships. Now after development and continual improvement he is now a double National Schools Champion.

Importantly not forgetting the support the athletes get from the coaching teams, their families, and all the training groups who all contribute massively in a team effort for their individual successes.

Chisholm Mile 2019 Report

The annual lung bursting mile race took place on the Esplanade last week. 107 runners came along to test themselves over a rarely ran distance. As always, the club were down on the Esplanade early to test the wind direction, and it was decided to start the runners at the west end of the splash to run towards Greenock with a good steady wind at their back.

Inverclyde’s Cameron Watson took the victory in the open race with a superb run of 4.12, the fastest we have seen in the race for a few years. Harry McGill was first Harrier home in a superb time of 4.26, taking 4th overall spot a mere 2 seconds behind experienced Inverclyder Mark Pollard. Shaun Lyon was not far behind in 4.31, beating his 2017 time by 1 second. Alan Mollins had a storming run of 4.38 to take third spot.

Steven Campbell staked his claim in the race towards this years club championship with a PB run in 4th spot. Steven is now just 1 point behind Andrew White in the standings, as Andrew had to watch from the sidelines due to a slight injury. Stephen Hanley continued his recent run of PBs in 5th place, breaking the 5 minute mark for the first time and taking 18 seconds off of his PB in 4.53.

Harris Morrison and Josh Ruddy were the final two harriers able to dip under the 5 minute mark. A great run from Harris as he is still in the U13 bracket! Josh managed to take a vital couple of seconds off of his time from last year. Neil Lafferty was robbed of sub 5 by running it right on the number, unlucky Neil!

The leading Harrier girls had a storming race right to the line. It was Katie Johnson who just pipped her friend Ava Beaton to take the title, and her first senior race victory! There was nothing between the two of them and veteran (relatively) Sue Hewitson who had a superb run to finish third. Sue puts herself right in the frame for the woman’s championship with those 8 points, it’s also going to go right down to the wire! The overall ladies race was won by Kilbarchan’s Elspeth Curran in a superb time of 4.43! A quick look at the Runbritain rankings for female miles this year, that time gets in the top 10. Inverclyde’s Nynke Mulholland was the other female under 5 mins with a great run of 4.50.

Katie Johnson becomes the second female junior member to win a senior race this season, and the other one was Ruby McGill and it was she who managed to be the only other Harrier female to dip under 6 minutes. Claire Monaghan was able to pick up some more points in the race for the championship with a great run in 6.18 with Cheryl Thomas not far behind in 6.22, both great runs. It was however the juniors who were dominant with other fast runs from Abbie Tosh, Summer Taggart, Francesca McKay and Erin McEleny. It should be noted that Erin was able to easily beat her Mum by almost 30 seconds!

There were some great runs by other junior boys who were showing their senior counterparts how it is done. Jude Dolan, Ben Campbell and Shaun Wiseman all in the low 5 minutes mark. Further up the field there were great runs from Euan Johnson and Cameron Crawford. Some of the senior who are new to the mile race found out the hard way that you need to get off to a good start! Oliver Reilly and Owen Atkinson ran great times but could have been closer to that elusive 5 minute mark if they had been braver on the start line! Oliver’s time has to be commended just 2 days after Edinburgh Marathon.

The turnout of runners was eclipsed by the fantastic turnout of supporters and volunteers. A big thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. Especially to Stevie McLoone who got everyone to know their role and put them in their correct positions, from timekeepers to tape holders, they all played their part! Thanks also to our race sponsor Inverclyde Leisure. It’s a great sight seeing the mass of runners fly down the Esplanade once a year, look forward to next year already!

Results (Harriers in bold): Cameron Watson 4:12, Finlay Murray 4:17, Mark Pollard 4:24, Harry McGill 4:26, Shaun Lyon 4:31, Alan Mollins 4:38, Stuart Kerr 4:38, Peter Tucker 4:40, John Hammerman 4:42, Elspeth Curran 4:43, Steven Campbell 4:45, Nynke Mulholland 4:50, Stephen Hanley 4:53, Dylan Crawford 4:56, Jason Kane 4:56, Harris Morrison 4:57, Joshua Ruddy 4:58, Colin Morrison 4:59, Neil Lafferty 5:00, Robert Wilson 5:03, Jude Dolan 5:04, Graeme Gemmell 5:06, Stuart Hodge 5:06, Owen Atkinson 5:12, Oliver Reilly 5:12, Robert Grey Jnr 5:13, Chloe Simpson 5:13, Ben Campbell 5:19, Chris Watson 5:21, Shaun Wiseman 5:25, David Roberts 5:2, David Docherty 5:29, George McCallum 5:35, Gavin Morrison 5:36, Michael Finley 5:38, Katie Johnson 5:39, Ava Beaton 5:40, Sue Hewitson 5:41, Stewart Anderson 5:42, Graham McGrattan 5:43, Gordon Ritchie 5:47, Robert Grey Snr 5:48, Douglas Campbell 5:49, Shona Doherty 5:49, Euan Johnson 5:51, Stephen Reid 5:52, Richard Newsome 5:55, Ian McKee 5:57, Ruby McGill 5:59, Leo Beaton 6:02, Micky Dunn 6:04, Steven Smith 6:06, Alan O’Rourke 6:07, Sean McFarlane 6:09, Robin McAuslan 6:10, Alan Munro 6:12, Jason McInally 6:12, Cameron Beck 6:13, Cameron Crawford 6:14, Abbie Tosh 6:15, Connor McCrorey 6:15, Claire Monaghan 6:18, Summer Taggart 6:21, Francesca McKay 6:22, Cheryl Thomas 6:22, Eleanor Connelly 6:23, Erin McEleny 6:26, Emma Aitken 6:26, Leah Knox 6:27, Sophie Campbell 6:29, Jack Singleton 6:32, Eric Lindsay 6:34, Michael Connelly 6:36, Maria McCabe 6:40, Donna Campbell 6:41, Nathan Adams 6:47, Lynsey Mooney 6:48, James Campbell 6:50, Ruari Trainer 6:51, Alex Patterson 6:52, Marianne McKay 6:53, Neil Thompson 6:53, Fiona McFarlane 6:54, David Benstead 7:01, Boyd McKenzie 7:03, Debbie McKenzie 7:07, Olivia Trainer 7:09, David Gemmell 7:14, Grant Munro 7:17, Heather Lafferty 7:17, Alex Wiseman 7:19, Sarah Jane Whalen 7:26, Nathan McCorkindale 7:29, Angela Nelson 7:33, Aimee McEleny 7:35, Elaine Medinelli 7:41, Beth Doherty 7:56, Stella McCabe 8:00, Jack Campbell 8:02, Sandra Devine 8:08, Isly Newsome 8:09, Kurt McGill 8:11, Abbigael Crawford 8:23, Matthew Ross 8:33, Charlotte McKay 8:38, Finlay McKeegan 8:42, Newton Robertson 8:57

Chisholm Mile 2019 Results

The results from last night’s Chisholm Mile can be found in the link below. Well done to all 107 athletes who took part. We must say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers on the night who made the event run smoothly, and to our race sponsors Inverclyde Leisure.

Chisholm mile 2019 Results

A full report will be up on the website later this week. Well done to our winners on the night, Cameron Watson and Elspeth Curran, and to our first GGH athletes Harry McGill and Katie Johnson!

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Cornalees Hill Senior Race 2019

The 2019 Harriers Hill race took place on the same day as the West District Junior Hill Race. The race route was the same as previous year’s senior hill race but cut slightly short to follow the same 7k route that the juniors were running. The runners started at Woodstock road and headed fir the hills, crossing the cut and following the stoney road to the cairn before flying back down to the start. The seniors were set off one minute before the juniors, but it didn’t take long for the kids to catch many their elders!

Shaun Lyon has made a rousing comeback in recent weeks, following on from his great run at the Boston Marathon. He was able to claim victory for the second club race in a row, with a strong run, which featured a stirring downhill section where he claimed all of the downhill crowns on Strava! Stevie Campbell was not far behind at all, as he makes a continued return to his best form to put in a late challenge for this year’s senior championship which looks to be going down to the wire.

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Paul Monaghan filled out the podium positions holding off guest runner Mark Nightingale.Mark’s run was impressive given that he had hill specialist Andy McCall breathing down his neck as he finished just 3 seconds behind.

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Sue Hewitson claimed victory in the ladies race to put her name in the mix for the ladies championship title. This title will also go right down to the wire with a number of names in the mix and only 3 races to go. Marian Monk returned at last month’s Willie Jukes and it was great to see her claim second on the hills as she makes a comeback.

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Cheryl Thomas claimed third place ahead of fellow hill running buddy Marianne McKay, both having recently been training on much more severe hills than this!

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Elsewhere in the race there were great runs from Danny McLaughlin and first time hill runner Oliver Reilly. Callum Gorry made himself one of only 3 club runners who can claim a clean sweep of all 11 races this season which is great to see. There were over 20 runners tackling the course on the day, with many more volunteering their help for this race and the junior race which was great!

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There are just 3 more races in the club championship to go. Starting with tomorrow night’s Chisholm Mile on the Esplanade. The weather is looking good and a favourable westerly wind is forecast, so it’ll be great to see a big crowd of runners, volunteers and supporters out to enjoy it! Its only a mile….

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Results: Shaun Lyon 28.21, Steven Campbell 28.43, Paul Monaghan 30.24, Mark Nightingale (guest) 30.34, Andrew McCall 30.37, Daniel Doherty 30.58, Tim Griffin (guest) 32.49, Danny McLaughlin 34.56, Oliver Reilly 35.43, Mickey Dunn 35.58, Sue Hewitson 36.46, Richard Davidson 37.27, David Ness 39.39, Stephen Reid 39.39, Marian Monk 40.39, Cheryl Thomas 41.21, Claire Monaghan 42.11, Marianne McKay 42.21, Lorna Coyle 43.22, Callum Gorry 46.24, Boyd MacKenzie 47.03, Simon Hutton 57.55

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Harriers to Host Chisholm Mile

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Tuesday 28th May 2019 Chisholm Mile, Greenock esplanade 7.30pm start.
Please note there will be NO training at Notre Dame on this evening.
1 mile road race along the Greenock Esplanade for ALL juniors and Seniors.
Direction of the race will be decided on the night. Race will be run with wind behind runners. – Weather Forecast means it is likely to start at Boat club end of Esplanade.

Registration is at the start from 6.15pm to 7.00pm.

*Runners please note that you have to register at race start on the Esplanade from 6.15pm to 7.00pm. Junior Entry is £1 Adults £2, Please bring correct money

Local success at National Hill Race Championships held in Greenock

 Scottish Junior Hill Race Championships, Greenock, Sun 19th May 2019.

Pictures of race; thanks to Kenny Phillips : Kenny Phillips FaceBook Pics

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Race Results: on following Links

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It was success for Glenpark Harriers Ben Campbell and Harry McGill at the Scottish Junior Hill running Championships, where the pair made home advantage count, at the event being held in Greenock for the very first time.

In the under 17 men’s 7km race , Harry’s tactic of starting cautiously on the climb was to pay off, as a flying descent pushed him into the lead to win from Lasswade’s Henriksen to take his first National title by 30 seconds.

In the under 15’s 4km race  East Lothian’s Angus Wright – Also a National cross country champion – was impressive as he went well clear of the chasing pack. That pack was led by Ben Campbell who made the most of his long stride to just keep clear to claim Silver. Alex Wiseman with a 2 minute improvement on last year finished in 9th.

Ava Beaton was first of the 6 Harriers back off the hill, agonisingly just one place away from a medal but she along with Katie Johnson and Francesca McKay can take great confidence from the massive improvements in their times in the last 12months. A special mention to Sophie Campbell who continues to improve with every race.

In a high quality Under 20s race won by Garscube’s Jack Trainer, the Harriers Alan Mollins ran strongly to finish a creditable 7th.

The Championship races were preceded by the under 13s who had a tough little 1200metre run from Woodstock road up to the “Cut” and back down. The field was mostly made up from runners from the two local clubs, and there were amazing performances from all of the youngsters taking part.

David Docherty was denied on the line as county rival Calan Chong from Giffnock just held him off by a stride, with Douglas Campbell a few seconds further behind.

Inverclyde’s Iris Paterson had a much more comfortable win, 20 seconds clear of Fife’s Freya Hedley, with Erin McEleny in 3rd winning the battle of the Glenpark Girls.

The prestigious event attracted runners from all over the country from Stornaway, Gala in the Borders and Aberdeen.

Thanks to all the volunteers from Inverclyde Athletic Club and Greenock Glenpark Harriers for marshalling and timekeeping, and putting in all the preparation work required for hosting the  successful Championships.

 

Willie Jukes Road Race 2019

Every year, Greenock Glenpark Harriers travel in numbers across the Clyde to Dunoon to pay tribute to one of our past members, Willie Jukes. The annual 5 mile road race takes place in his home town in his memory. This year there were 42 senior runners and 40 junior runners taking part. Great to see such a turnout and the Jukes family were very welcoming as always.

The race itself heads South from the West Bay promenade and runners are turned back for home at the half way point. A fast and flat route which is ideal for chasing good 5 mile times. The conditions were cool with a decent breeze to contend with on the way back (as always seems to be the case!)

The men’s race was very high quality, with the top four runners all finishing in under 27.30. The pack was solid through 6k before Shaun Lyon, unperturbed from his great 5k race the night before, broke away to take the victory. Shaun’s legs clearly had recovered in time as he posted the fasted time on the route since Stephen Trainer broke 26 minutes five years ago. The chasing pack battled for second with Steven Campbell breaking clear to take second, a real return to form for the former club champion going into the summer season. Paul Monaghan ran the 5k in Friday night, but he edged out Andy White for 3rd with both men just 1 week after excellent marathon efforts.

New member Wes Pattison was 5th in his club race with local junior runner Alan Mollins in 6th. Elsewhere in the men’s race there was a PB over 5 miles for Stephen Hanley, with Callum Gorry, Eddie Devine and another new member in Eric Lindsay. Eric has been doing the sessions since the turn of the year and has taken over 6 minutes off of his parkrun time since then! Superb stuff.

The ladies race was just as competitive as the mens. Donna Campbell lead from the start but Claire Monaghan paced it brilliantly to nip in from with little over half a kilometre to go to claim victory. Claire continues her brilliant running and puts herself right in the frame for the wide open ladies championship alongside Donna and Sandra Campbell who finished in 3rd on her return from injury. Elsewhere in the ladies race there were great runs from Sharon Black, Dannie Seddon and Debbie McKenzie. New members Elaine Medinelli and Angela Nelson swapped the hills for the flat in their first club race outing, both running well.

The handicap race saw Graeme Crawford claiming his second handicap victory in 18 months, this time having to wait until the maths had been done back in the pub! Dannie Seddon and Claire Monaghan shared second place in a dead heat. Overall, 37/42 runners finished with 3 minutes of their assigned predicted time, showing great consistency across the field. The handicap championship now has only one race to go, the Bill Elder 10k in August. Stephen Hanley picked up 4 points on Saturday to take a 3 point lead (complaints on a postcard!) The table below shows everyone who can catch him, so get training hard!

Stephen Hanley 20
John Stevenson 17
Robert Dolan Jr 17
Paul Monaghan 16
Graeme Crawford 15
Steven Campbell 14
Alan Mollins 13
Claire Monaghan 12
Chris Jones 11
Kevin Gill 11
Nicola Stevenson 11
Paul Beaton 11
Steven Smith 10

There’s not long to go until you can get your fill of another GGH club race, with this year’s hill race on Sunday 19th May. It would be great to see a big turnout of runners there to support the event and all our juniors who are running the Scottish trials at the same time. After that, it’s the lung bursting Chisholm Mile on Tuesday 29th May. 102 different GGH members have ran races this season which is superb, let’s see how high we can get that number to!

Results: Shaun Lyon 26:56, Stevie Campbell 27:11, Paul Monaghan 27:17, Andrew White 27:24, Allan Mollins 28:23, Wes Pattison 28:35, Daniel Doherty 29:24, Stephen Hanley 30:14, Neil Lafferty 31:05, Duncan Anderson 31:26, Chris Jones 32:02, Danny McLaughlin 33:47, Graham McGrattan 34:21, Ian McKee 34:28, Michael Dunn 34:33, Callum Gorry 35:19, Stephen Reid 35:31, Claire Monaghan 35:39, Donna Campbell 35:58, Gerry Gallacher 36.16, Matthew Young 36:39, Sandra Campbell 36:46, Marian Monk 37:34, Frank McMahon 37:35, Lorna Coyle 37:45, Rhys Jones 38:40, Eric Lindsay 38:48, Dannie Seddon 39:09, Terri Wall 39:21, Lisa Boonsanong 39:26, Sharon Black 39:39, Lucas Bezian 40:21, James Campbell 40:44, Graeme Crawford 40:46, Debbie McKenzie 41:13, Gerry Gillespie 41:21, Lynsey Mooney 42:09, Heather Lafferty 42:31, Kenny Scott 43:19 Angela Nelson 43:44, Elaine Medinelli 44:54, Simon Hutton 46:21, Eddie Devine 49:37