2018/19 Fees

Annual subscriptions are now due and the amount payable will remain unchanged from last year. As always there will be an early bird discount for all fees paid on or before 31st October only. The rates are as follows:

Adults £50 or £45 early bird
Juniors £50 or £45 early bird
Second Junior (sibling) £30 or £25 early bird
Family £100 or £95 early bird

All fees should be paid no later than Friday 30th November 2018. Please pay by bank transfer if possible. The club’s bank details are the same as last year:

Account number 00385954
Sort Code 80-08-21

Please put the member’s name in the reference.

If you are unable to pay by BACS, cash or cheque will be accepted by coaches/committee members only if it is in a sealed envelope with the name of the member/s clearly written on the outside. If you need any more info just send an email to greenockglenparkharriers@gmail.com 

Harriers Success at 2018 Scottish Masters XC Trials

Greenock Glenpark Harriers are delighted to confirm that 4 of our members have qualified for the 2018 GB&I  International XC at Swansea in November. Chris Mooney, Paul Monaghan, Steven Campbell and Andrew White will all make the trip south and pull on an international vest in Wales.

The annual  trial race took place on the 15th September around Tollcross Park with 5 Harriers hoping to stake a claim on of the 3 automatic places up for grabs in each age category. The starting pace set out quickly with Paul Monaghan and Chris Mooney tucking in behind the leading three runners and Stevie Campbell not far behind. Moving into the final lap the trio of Mooney, Monaghan and Campbell were looking in prime position to take automatic places. Further back Mick Mcloone, still struggling with a virus, was battling for position in the v55 category and Graham McGrattan in the v60 category. Chris Mooney was the first harrier home in 4th overall which was good enough to earn his first Scottish vest in the v35 team. Despite dropping back a bit in the 3rd lap Paul Monaghan finished strong to clinch 2nd spot in the v45 category ensuring automatic selection. Stevie Campbell’s recent training efforts paid dividends finishing just behind Paul ensuring his selection for the v40 team taking the final automatic place. Unfortunately, Mick and Graham finished just outside the automatic places and will have to wait to see if they make up the remaining selectors spots.

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Vets champ Andy White unfortunately suffered a virus in the lead up to the trial race and was unable to compete. He did however receive news during the week that he has made up one of the selectors spots in the v50 category and takes his first Scottish vest. This is great recognition of his consistency and form over these past few years.

Results:
4th Chris Mooney (25:06) v35q
9th Paul Monaghan (26:08) v45q
10th Steven Campbell (26:20) v40q
34th Mick McLoone (28:47)
41st Graham McGrattan (30:38)

Other Andrew White v50q

JG Cameron 4k Road Race 2018

The 2018/19 Greenock Glenpark Harriers got off to a flying start yesterday on the Esplanade. The traditional 4k season opener was once again very well attended with 52 Harriers tackling the short course. Ultimately, it was one of the most dramatic starts to a season you’ll ever see!

A strong westerly wind meant that the runners had to judge the pace in the first half of the race, which takes them westbound along the Esplanade towards the Battery Park. After turning in the park, the runners got the benefit of the wind behind them for the sprint back to the finish line.

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Entering the Battery Park, the men’s race was extremely tight. With defending senior champion Chris Mooney leading a pack of 6 which included last year’s winner Steven Campbell and junior champion Harry McGill. As the leaders approached the Esplanade, Chris and Harry had broken free from the pack and prepared for a sprint finish. Young Harry had paced with Chris the whole way, and with 400m to go he made a dash for the line and took his first senior race win at only 15 years old.

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Sandra Campbell is entering her second season as a Harrier, having shown some form in the tail end of last season, she lead the ladies race going into the half way stage. However, not to be outdone by her older brother, Ruby McGill was hot on her tails. Coming out of the Battery Park, Ruby grabbed the lead an was able to hold on for a sensational victory! This marks the first time in club history that both senior race titles have been taken by junior athletes on the same day. And they’ve done it with a combined age of 28… Hopefully there are the first titles in a successful season for both.

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The senior men’s race was littered with great performing juniors. Another 2 managed to get into the top ten with great runs from Alan Mollins and Ryan Brown. Last years winner Steven Campbell was knocked into 5th place this year, even though he ran just about the same time. However it was good enough for first v40 by just edging out Andy White. It was good to see former club champion Shaun Lyon return to racing with his third place finish, and Daniel Doherty shaved a good chunk off of last years time to take 4th.

Stephen Hanley sneaked into the top 10 with a course PB from him of just under the 15 minute mark, just edging out Paul Beaton. Ewan Ferguson narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish, but it was another good run from one of the clubs juniors. He finished ahead of a large pack of seniors that included the returning Andy McCall and a great run from George McCallum. Richard Davidson took the v50 prize by just edging out Danny McLaughlin and Graham McGrattan (first v60).

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Other junior males included Jude Dolan and Cameron Patton who had great races as well. Elsewhere in the men’s race there was a first outing in a harriers vest for David Black. The parkrun regular recently joined the club with his wife Sharon who was also running in the race.

Sandra Campbell’s runner up finish was a 30 second PB from last years race. Claire Monaghan was not far behind in third place as she continues her good form. The ladies race also included a host of juniors who acquitted themselves well, with Abbie Tosh being the fastest behind Ruby in just under the 20 minute mark.

The race was sponsored by the Dolan family, and we wish to extend a huge thank you to them for their generosity and help on the day. Also, a big thank you to the whole host of volunteers who made the event run smoothly.

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Results: Harry McGill 13.08 (J), Chris Mooney 13.12, Shaun Lyon 13.25, Daniel Doherty 13.28, Steven Campbell 13.34, Andrew White 13.37, Allan Mollins 14.10 (J), Andrew Osborne 14.26, Ryan Brown 14.35 (U20), Stephen Hanley 14.57, Paul Beaton 15.07, Ewan Ferguson 15.07 (J), Chris Watson 15.13, Robert Dolan 15.17, George McCallum 15.22, Andrew McCall 15.22, Ross Neilson 15.26, Richard Davidson 15.30, Brian McCluskey 15.32, Danny McLaughlin 15.35, Graham McGrattan 15.49, Malcolm McLean 16.04, David Ness 16.34, Jude Dolan 16.54 (J), Matthew Young 17.03, Cameron Patton 17.05 (J), Steven Smith 17.10, Callum Gorey 17.12 (guest), Mick Dunn 17.14, Ruby McGill 17.17 (J), Robin McAuslan 17.20, Stephen Reid 17.25, Sandra Campbell 17.31, James McFadden 17.32, Claire Monaghan 17.41, Ian Hanley 18.36, Lorna Coyle 18.41, Kenny Scott 18.56, Marianne McKay 18.59, Lyndsey Mooney 19.11, Lisa Boonsanong 19.53, Abbie Tosh 19.58 (J), Sharon Black 20.31, Olivia Trainer 21.12 (J), John Carruthers 21.15, Mhairi Moore 21.47 (J), Nicola Gillespie 22.26, Kevin Gill 19.56, Charlotte McKay 24.50, David Black 25.19, David Carruthers 25.20

Juniors Make History

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For the first time in Greenock Glenpark Harriers long history, two juniors took top spots in the Men’s and Women’s races in the Harriers club championship. Siblings Harry and Ruby McGill, outpaced their senior team-mates to win the Harriers opening race of the 2018-19 season over 4km on the Esplanade. …. Full race report to follow

JG Cameron Road Race Results (22/9/18) 

1km: Douglas Campbell 3.44, Connor McCrorey 3.52, Sophie McGinty 3.52, Maria McCabe 3.53, Cameron Beck 4.04, Erin McEleny 4.07, Leah Knox 4.10, Summer Taggart 4.11, Ruari Trainer 4.28, Luke McNally 4.31, Ashlin Monaghan 4.37, Aimee McEleny 4.40, Edwin Docherty 4.49, Beth Docherty 4.54, Jamie Gallacher 5.16, Zak Gallacher 6.17, Elsie Doherty 6.21, Connie Dolan 7.30

2km: Ben Campbell 7.35, Katie Johnson 7.40, David Docherty 7.50, Ava Beaton 8.04

4km: Harry McGill 13.08, Chris Mooney 13.12, Shaun Lyon 13.25, Daniel Doherty 13.28, Steven Campbell 13.34, Andrew White 13.37, Allan Mollins 14.10, Andrew Osborne 14.26, Ryan Brown 14.35, Stephen Hanley 14.57, Paul Beaton 15.07, Ewan Ferguson 15.07, Chris Watson 15.13, Robert Dolan 15.17, George McCallum 15.22, Andrew McCall 15.22, Ross Neilson 15.26, Richard Davidson 15.30, Brian McCluskey 15.32, Danny McLaughlin 15.35, Graham McGrattan 15.49, Malcolm McLean 16.04, David Ness 16.34, Jude Dolan 16.54, Matthew Young 17.03, Cameron Patton 17.05, Steven Smith 17.10, Callum Gorey 17.12, Mick Dunn 17.14, Ruby McGill 17.17, Robin McAuslan 17.20, Stephen Reid 17.25, Sandra Campbell 17.31, James McFadden 17.32, Claire Monaghan 17.41, Ian Hanley 18.36, Lorna Coyle 18.41, Kenny Scott 18.56, Marianne McKay 18.59, Lyndsey Mooney 19.11, Lisa Boonsanong 19.53, Abbie Tosh 19.58, Sharon Black 20.31, Olivia Trainer 21.12, John Carruthers 21.15, Mhairi Moore 21.47, Nicola Gillespie 22.26, Kevin Gill 19.56, Charlotte McKay 24.50, David Black 25.19, David Carruthers 25.20

New Season starts with JG Cameron Road Race

The opening race of the Harriers 2018-19 club championship takes place on Saturday 22nd September. Distance is 4k for Seniors & under 17s . Junior distances are 2km for under 13s & 15s  & 1km for Under 11s. *under 15s can opt for 4km.

Register for race at Orangefield clubhouse between 12.00 & 1.10pm, or at start 1.20pm – 1.40pm. (Start is at Yellow Pole half way along Esplanade).

Can those not running please come along and help with Timekeeping, and to marshal the route 🙂

Race Review 18th August – 2nd September

Paisley 10k, 19th August

22 Harriers headed for Pailsey on Sunday 19th August for the annual Renfrewshire Leisure Paisley 10k. The ever popular event saw over 1700 runners take to the streets of Paisley. The course can prove a great chance for a PB if you are running well, and some very quick times were seen from the leading athletes.

On the day, Eileen Stevenson secured a PB by over a minute in a great time of 53.07. Steven Campbell was fastest Harrier on the day in just over the 35 minute mark, with Chris Watson second in a good time of 38.23. Marianne McKay was first lady in  just under 49 minutes, before being dragged back out to do the 3k fun run with her young harriers not long after!

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Results: Steven Campbell 35.08, Chris Watson 38.23, John Stevenson 39.04, Duncan Anderson 40.00, Stephen Hanley 40.30, George McCallum 40.59, Stephen Reid 44.37, Steven Smith 47.30, Malcolm MacLean 46.38, Marianne McKay 48.58, Cheryl Thomas 49.26, William Laing 49.59, Fiona MacFarlane 50.02, Eileen Stevenson 53.07, Lynsey Mooney 54.54, Simon Hutton 55.47, Gerry Gillespie 57.31, Graeme Crawford 59.24, Wenda Crawford 61.49, Nathalie Smith 62.18, Claire Melville 62.46, Charlotte McKay 65.05

Gourock Triathlon

7 Harriers took on the individual challenge at this years Gourock Triathlon. The half mile swim in the Gourock Outdoor Pool was followed by the 20k cycle and 5k run along the Cloch Road. There were some other Harriers who took part in the team events, and some even did both!

David McCorkindale: Swim 13.13 Cycle 24.45 Run 18.46 Total 57.51, Andrew Osborne: Swim 14.41 Cycle 25.58 Run 17.49 Total 58.25, Danny McLaughlin: Swim 16.48 Cycle 24.54 Run 18.21 Total 60.41, Paul Monaghan: Swim 17.10 Cycle 28.13 Run 16.13 Total 63.24, Andrew McCall: Swim 20.00 Cycle 27.22 Run 17.34 Total 66.37, Jim Cuffe: Swim 18.08 Cycle 29.33 Run 21.39 Total 71.04, Boyd McKenzie: Swim 17.15 Cycle 30.56 Run 23.27 Total 72.58

Cowal 5k

3 Harriers headed over on the ferry for the annual Cowal Games midweek 5k race and joined local Harrier Alan Mollins in Dunoon. Alan ran a great race in 17.39 for 5th overall place and first junior. Former champion Daniel Doherty was 2nd overall in 16.57. Marianne McKay and Fiona MacFarlane also picked up prizes running 23.08 and 24.04 respectively. Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan headed over on the following Saturday for the hill race, but no results yet available.

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Perthshire Half Marathon

The Crawford family headed through to Aberfeldy for the scenic half marathon. Wenda Crawford ran the race with son Cameron in toe in 2.26 on a fun family weekend out. From camping out in a field before and after the race to the ceilidh dancing afterwards, a great weekend was had by all!

Ayr 10k

Viki Smith and Donna Campbell headed to the seaside for a blustery 10k last Wednesday. The seafront race saw Donna come home in 46.07 and Viki 51.25. The course is flat and could be a fast one, but very exposed to the wind throughout.

3k on the Green, 31st August

Four Harriers made it along to the monthly 3k race on Glasgow Green last Friday. John and Eileen Stevenson joined daughter and, now regular at the event, Nicola for the race. John’s first attempt at the race saw him dip under the 11 minute barrier in 10.54. Eileen managed to break 15 mins in 14.50 with Nicola just over the 13 minute mark in 13.07. Stephen Hanley also ran the race and finished in 11.13.

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Clyde Muirshiel Bog Stomp 2018

A string group of Glenpark Harriers headed for the hills behind the Greenock Cut Visitors Centre for the annual Clyde Muirshiel Bog Stomp. It was good to see a large group from the club out supporting the local race now in it’s third year. The route had changed from previous years, but still started with the steep climb up Cornalees Hill and then meandered through the trails which are often used by Harriers for their Sunday training.

John Stevenson and Sue Hewitson were first harriers home respectively. The event has been advertised as a run, not a race, so no results yet available.

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Ardrossan 10k

Viki Smith completed her second 10k in the space of 5 days at Ardrossan on Sunday. Viki was 53.21 on another windy day on the Ayrshore coast. Close behind her was Fiona Cushnaghan finishing in 53.37.

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McGill Wins Thrilling Final

John Kydd Neave Trophy 6th  Sept 2018

Harry McGill came out on top in the much awaited re-match with veteran Micky Dunn in a repeat of the 2017 final of Greenock Glenpark Harriers John K Neave 100metre handicap race. With five of last year’s finalists again making their way through to the last 8 there was more than a feeling of déjà vu as the athletes went under starting orders.

The trophy was expected to go to one of the winners of the 4 semi-finals Micky Dunn, Harry McGill, and the surprise athletes of the night, youngsters Ava Beaton and Sophie McGinty, who had both been impressive recording the quickest times of the opening 10 heats.

Also joining them were Beth McKenna, Paul Beaton Katie Johnson and Joshua Ruddy.

Sophie, off 22metres, burst away from the gun and held off the back markers until the 80m point, and once again it was Dunn who was to hit the front. But with the finish line just a few strides away, his thoughts of glory were dashed as McGill came storming through like a runaway train to reverse the result of 2017.

Sophie held on for bronze followed closely by Ava Beaton just leading a blanket finish for the minor places.

The prizes were presented by Sally Mack, daughter of John K Neave who had won the 1915 race which inspired the current competition.

Special thanks for a brilliant job by all the volunteers who kept to the tight schedule to ensure all 15 races were completed in just an hour;

Thanks also to race sponsors Greenock Morton Hospitality, and to Warren Hawke, Brendan McEleny, and Mark Farrell earlier in the afternoon for hosting Sally and her husband Ken who had travelled from London, on a tour of Cappielow the scene of the original race in 1915.

RESULTS: Heat1 Ava Beaton 11.60, Heat2 Sophie McGinty 11.65, Heat3 Michael Dunn 11.66, Heat4 Leah Knox 13.25, Heat5 Douglas Campbell 13.54, Heat6 Abbie Tosh 12.89, Heat7 Beth McKenna 12.67, Heat8 Mhairi Moore 12.93, Heat9 Harry McGill 12.00, Heat10 Joshua Ruddy 12.50.

S/F1 Ava Beaton 11.92, S/F2 Sophie McGinty 11.97, S/F3 Michael Dunn 11.33, S/F4 Harry McGill 11.79

Final 1. Harry McGill 11.20, 2. Mick Dunn 11.52, 3. Sophie McGinty 11.80, 4. Ava Beaton 12.07, 5. Katie Johnson 12.30, 6. Joshua Ruddy 12.51, 7. Beth McKenna 12.71, 85. Paul Beaton12.72

A rare photograph below from the original competition in 1915.

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