Docherty Cup 2019

This year’s Docherty Cup senior race was held last Saturday in Gourock. The longest club race in the calendar challenges the runners over 10 miles, and this year it actually was 10 miles! With roadworks overrunning at Lunderston Bay, the runners were diverted through the car park along the cycle path before rejoining the pavement. A route that might just we’ll be kept for future years.

The route takes the runners on an initial loop of Gourock Esplanade and then out towards Inverkip, turning to return home just after the roundabout (more on that later). There were over 40 senior runners taking part, which continues the increase in numbers at club races this season.

The weather was far from ideal, dry and bright but a strong easterly wind made it a challenging race on the way back to Gourock. The race is a conceding handicap, with runners set out in a predicted reverse order. Boyd MacKenzie was out first and looked to be on course for holding off the competition. However, disaster struck at the turn as Boyd sadly did not go as far as the roundabout, missing the marshal and turned for home too early. At the finish line, Steven Smith had made up most of the ground on Boyd and was only 20 seconds behind at the end. Steven therefore claimed his first club race victory with an excellent run, a long way in front of the chasing field.


The chasing pack in the handicap race saw some other great runs. Stuart Austin, fresh off of his excellent run at Manchester Marathon placed very high in the race. Donna Campbell showed great signs with her run as well. Steven Watson just held off his fast finishing younger brother Chris to place in the top 5 too. Chris’s run was very well paced to pick off a number of runners who had started to struggle in the wind. One of those was Stephen Hanley, who still placed in the top 10 to close the gap on the handicap championship leaders to 1 point.

In the ladies race, Sue Hewitson claimed the win in a great time, close to her PB from 2 years ago. Donna Campbell was not far behind and Lorna Could had a great race to finish in 3rd. Elsewhere, Heather Lafferty had a great run in her longest race to date.


In the men’s race, Andrew White claimed another victory in a great time. He had been set a tough challenge of trying to close a 2 minute gap on his nearest club mates. He kept them in sight and once the maths were done it was another victory for Andrew, who is looking in top shape for next week’s London marathon. Paul Monaghan ran really well to take second place and a high finish in the handicap standings. Stevie Campbell was not far behind and also placed in the top ten handicaps. Elsewhere there was a great run from Owen Atkinson who held on to Chris Watson for long periods of the race and finished in the top 10.


It was good to see Daniel Doherty back racing and Robert Wilson Jnr continued his strong return with another great race. Callum Gorry had a great run in his longest run to date and Richard Jow ran his first race as a Harrier. There was to be no repeat victory in the handicap race for Stuart Crawford, although he did take one minute off of his time from last year.

There was a great crowd of volunteers out in the route keeping the runners safe, watered and we’ll photographed. There was also a great atmosphere at the finish with a good turnout from the club. We would like to thank all of the volunteers and our race sponsors The Spinnaker for their hospitality after the race.


Results: Andrew White 56.22 (93.52), Paul Monaghan 57.20 (92.50), Steven Campbell 57.55 (93.25), Sean Gaffney 59.44 (96.14), Robert Wilson 63.03 (94.33), Daniel Doherty 63.55 (96.55), John Stevenson 64.31 (95.01), Chris Watson 65.22 (93.22), Stephen Hanley 65.28 (93.28), Owen Atkinson 65.44 (93.44), Steven Watson 65.51 (92.21), Robert Dolan 65.56 (96.26), Danny McLaughlin 66.37 (93.37), Callum McKenzie 67.11 (96.35), Sue Hewitson 69.32 (93.32), Steven Smith 71.20 (87.50), Stuart Austin 71.26 (92.26), Alan O’Rourke 72.11 (96.11), Stuart Crawford 72.19 (94.19), Ian McKee 73.01 (93.31), Stephen Reid 73.50 (94.20), Callum Gorry 74.13 (94.13), Graham McGrattan 74.23 (98.53), Gerry Gallacher 74.54 (96.54), Donna Campbell 76.45 (93.15), Lorna Coyle 78.03 (94.03), Claire Monaghan 80.20 (97.20), Richard Jow 81.52 (104.52), Frank McMahon 82.24 (99.54), Boyd McKenzie 82.29 (87.29), Terri Wall 82.29 (95.29), Kenny Scott 83.26 (94.26), Sarah Jane Whalen 86.09 (99.09), Colin Campbell 87.31 (102.31), Heather Lafferty 87.49 (94.49), Lisa Boonsanong 88.28 (99.28), David Benstead 92.37 (102.07), Graeme Crawford 97.56 (108.56), Ian Hanley dnf

New Junior Records at Docherty Cup

There was a record turnout from the Harriers with 35 juniors competing over the one and two lap races around Ashton promenade, and despite the strong cold breeze making conditions far from ideal there were some outstanding performances from the youngsters.  Shaun Wiseman’s recent good form continued as he came from behind when trailing after the first lap to pass Ben Campbell in the closing stages to win the 2 lap race. The duo were followed across the line by David Docherty and Euan Johnson both dipping under 10 minutes for the 2.5km course. Leading girl and just 1 second outside the under 13s girls record was Ava Beaton, with Sophie McGinty returning to form claiming the runners-up spot, with Maria McCabe in 3rd.

Over one lap it was the under 15 boys who led the way with Harris Morris setting a new course record with Jude Dolan in 2nd. In the under 11s race Douglas Campbell went clear of Leo Beaton who just held off Cameron Crawford. Erin McEleny  was leading girl with a sub 5 minute run, a few seconds behind was Summer Taggart, with Leah Knox holding on for 3rd.

1200m: Harris Morrison 4.05, Jude Dolan 4.20, Douglas Campbell 4.33, Leo Beaton 4.52, Cameron Crawford 4.53, Erin McEleny 4.59, Ruari Trainer 4.59, Connor McCrorey 5.01, Summer Taggart 5.02, Johnathon Lamont 5.03, Leah Knox 5.38, Mirren McConnell 5.42, Aimee McEleny 5.46, Isla Newsome 5.52, Ben Mullan 5.52, Beth Docherty 6.02, Grant Monroe 6.05, Matthew Ross 6.06, Stella McCabe 6.20, Jack Campbell 6.25, Nathan McDonald 7.24.

2500m: Shaun Wiseman 9.21, Ben Campbell 9.24, David Docherty 9.54, Euan Johnson 9.57, Ava Beaton 10.03, Sophie McGinty 10.53, Nathan Adams 11.07, Maria McCabe 11.31, Francesca McKay 11.47, Sophie Campbell 12.04, Emma Aitken 12.12, Olivia Trainer 12.14, Alex Wiseman 13.06, Abbigael Crawford 13.43.




March Review

Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon

A hardy bunch of harriers headed across the water to take on this year’s Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon. The bus journey over took a slight detour via Siberia but managed to get the runners to the start line at Loch Lomond Shores. It was there that they all thought the inevitable cancellation would come, as the roads through Clydebank were looking treacherous en route. However, the race went ahead as scheduled and the group of 18 had to wrap up warm and go for it!

The course itself was remarkably clear for the first 8 miles or so as it meandered along the River Leven and into Dumbarton. The cycle path through the town was also clear, but a moderate headwind was faced by the runners for long periods. However, upon the rise off of the cycle path and down into Bowling and Old Kilpatrick, there was some slushy surfaces to deal with. The pavement was abandoned by many as they battled along the roads to get to the finish line and the hope of some warmth!


Andrew White was first harrier home and smashed his PB in the process with a time of 75.34. Considering the conditions on the day, this was a great effort from our undisputed form runner at present. Other PBs included Paul Beaton who broke 85 minutes and Stephen Hanley who finally broke that 90 minute barrier and took over 5 minutes off of his PB. Oliver Reilly took almost 12 minutes off of his PB which shows just how great the harriers training has paid off.

Fiona MacFarlane ran a PB and broke the 1.50 barrier for the first time. It was also good to see Sue Hewitson back out racing and putting in a run very close to her PB too. Elsewhere there were great runs from John Stevenson, Gordy Hepburn and Stephen Reid. It was a tough shift for all, and fingers crossed we get a better day for it next year as it is certainly a potentially fast course.


Results: Andrew White 75.34, Paul Monaghan 81.06, John Stevenson 82.50, Paul Beaton 84.59, Robert Dolan 86.37, Gordon Hepburn 86.40, Stephen Hanley 88.13, Oliver Reilly 88.26, Sue Hewitson 94.20, Stephen Reid 98.18, George McCallum 99.06, Micky Dunn 99.33, Steven Smith 1.43.08, Matthew Young 1.50.01, Fiona MacFarlane 1.49.58, Viki Smith 1.53.49, Fiona Cushnaghan 1.58.30, James Campbell 2.03.09

Self Transcendence 50km Road Race

Andrew White decided that as a ‘wee warm up’ for London, he would take on the 50km race at this years Self Transcendence 50/100km event in Perth. The 50km race takes place around the North Inch Park in Perth City Centre, site of the parkrun for those familiar with the area. The loop is just under 1.5 miles, meaning that you just have to do 21 laps… Andy finished in third overall position for the race in an incredible time of just under 3 hours 15 (so that’s 20 consecutive sub 20 minute 5k’s for those curious). Andy was actually gaining on second place, which could have seen him take the Scottish gold medal for the event. However, it was Scottish silver for Andy with Italian Paulo Natali taking first overall and Cambuslang’s Kerry Liam Wilson in second taking first Scot. Andrew finished ahead of Inverclyde’s David Tamburini in fourth.


Results: Andrew White 3.14.51

3k on the Green

The 3k on the Green race had its biggest ever turnout on the last Friday in March. The race always provides a strong field for anyone looking to improve their speed over shorter races, or those that was something different for their lunch runs in Glasgow! It is held on the last Friday of every month at 12.30pm at the arch in Glasgow Green. Register on their website before attending as well. This month, Stephen Hanley was the sole harrier in attendance and he took 20 seconds off of his PB coming in at 10.11. A great time, but such is the field, it wasn’t good enough for a top 20 spot!

Tom Scott 10 Mile Race – Scottish National 10 Mile Championships

The annual Scottish 10 mile championships were held at the Tom Scott Road Races at Strathclyde Park a few weeks back. This was the perfect opportunity for Andrew White to continue to add to his considerable medal haul over the last few weeks. Andrew ran a superb time of 55.19 to claim first v50 and 3rd overall v40 on the day, blagging the Jackie Gourlay Shield for first v50. Robert Wilson Jnr was the only other harrier running, and he continued to show signs of a return to form after his great time at The Willow Bowl, running the 10 miles here in 62.33.


Results: Andrew White 55.19, Robert Wilson Jnr 62.33

Alloa Half Marathon

The Alloa half marathon provided an alternative spring half marathon to club runners, but held on the same day as the Tom Scott meant a tough choice for some. The route takes runners out of Alloa to the north towards Tillicutry, and then west towards Alva through the foothills of the Ochils. A scenic route, but not entirely flat!

George McCallum used this as a training run ahead of Manchester Marathon but got caught up in the ideal conditions and ran a very good solid time of just under 91 minutes. Alex Patterson ran this as his first half marathon and came in with a very respectable time of just under 1.55.

Results: George McCallum 90.50, Bernard Kangley 1.45.31, Alex Paterson 1.54.17, Heather Kangley 1.59.55

Glasgow University Aquathlon

The aquathlon consisted of a 750m swin and a 5km run. Boyd MacKenzie, Frank McMahon, David McCorkindale and Mik Harrington all made the trip to Bellahouston Park to compete in this years event, with david claiming first male vet and 14th overall.

Results: David McCorkindale 33.51, Frank McMahon 43.34, Mick Harrington 43.47, Boyd MacKenzie 44.14

Inverclyde Sports Personality of the Year

And finally, t was great to see such a big turnout to support the club at this year’s Inverclyde Sports Personality of the Year awards at the Greenock Town Hall a few weeks back. The crowd were there to cheer on two of our bright young athletes in Harry McGill and Scott Hannaway who were both up for awards. Sadly, neither of them won on the night. However, the club itself was awarded with ‘Club of the Year’.


Harriers Docherty Cup races

Saturday, 13 April 2019

The 6th and the longest Race in the Harriers Club Championships takes place this Saturday. The 10 mile senior road race takes in the the scenic coastal route from Gourock to Inverkip and back again. The Juniors run 1 loop or 2 loops of Ashton Promenade. *Please note the earlier start times

Junior & Senior Club Championship Races
11.45am: Under 11s – 1200 metres (1 lap of the promenade)
11.45am: U13s-U17s – 2400 metres (2 laps of promenade)
12.00pm: Seniors – 10 miles Conceding Handicap race (From
Gourock to Ardgowan estate roundabout & return)
*There may be a slight detour if road works at Lunderston Bay not complete.

Register at 1st Shelter on the Ashton promenade from 11.00am.

Thanks to our Race Sponsors – The Spinnaker Hotel. – After race refreshments at the Spinnaker at approx 1.30pm
Also thanks to Inverclyde Leisure who will provide changing and showers at Gourock Pool.

Emma & Jude Win Mile Race

Wilson Trophy 1 mile Handicap, Ravenscraig stadium 21st March 2019

Emma Aitken & Jude Dolan took the honours in Greenock Glenpark Harriers re-arranged Wilson Trophy Mile, as the pair won the Girls’ and Boys’ Handicap races under the floodlights at Ravenscraig stadium.

But it was almost a dream debut for new boy Grant Munro who was first away in the Boys’ conceding handicap, as he stayed in front for 1400 metres, alas it wasn’t to be, as he was swamped by the chasing pack in the closing stages. It was Jude Dolan who led the charge, striding past Grant with 200 metres remaining to win the Boys title, followed in by Leo Beaton, with  3rd spot claimed by Cameron Crawford whose lunge over the line held off the fast finishing Shaun Wiseman.

The back markers and recording the quickest scratch times on the night were Ryan Brown and Harris Morrison who set off together. Ryan pushed the pace from the start and established a comfortable gap, but Harris responded strongly at the bell and closed Ryan’s lead to a few metres.

In the girls race Emma Aitken appropriately wearing the number 1on her vest was impressive as she cut through the early starters before finally hitting the front in the final lap to win by 30 metres. Francesca McKay was back her best form to take the runners-up spot with young Mirren McConnell holding on well for 3rd.

Ruby McGill, Ava Beaton and Katie Johnson were the final group sent off, and the trio stayed together for the first of the 4 laps as they caught the early starters. But it was Ruby who made made the break and she steadily opened up a lead over her 2 team mates. They can all be happy with their nights work as all 3 smashed their PBs for the distance.

1 mile results: Ryan Brown 5.19, Harris Morrison 5.21, Shaun Wiseman 5.31, Jude Dolan 5.37, Ruby McGill 5.43, Ava Beaton 5.52, David Docherty 5.54, Katie Johnson 6.00, Euan Johnson 6.03, Emma Aitken 6.24, Leo Beaton 6.26, Abbie Tosh 6.29, Cameron Crawford 6.31, Cameron Beck 6.34, Erin McEleny 6.49, Ruari Trainer 6.51, Maria McCabe 6.53, Summer Taggart 6.56, Francesca McKay 7.02, Leah Knox  7.02, Oliver Jones 7.03, Sophie McGinty 7.11, Aimee McEleny 7.18, Olivia Trainer 7.18, Alex Wiseman 7.24, Mirren McConnell 7.37, Johnathon Lamont 7.37, Beth Docherty 7.48, Stella McCabe 8.13, Matthew Ross 8.15, Abbigael Crawford 8.18, Jacob McCabe 8.25, Murray Brown 8.30, Rob Mcnee 8.33, Finlay McCabe 8.47, Grant Munro 9.02, Zac Gallacher 9.13, Orla Trainer 9.16, Jamie Gallacher 9.43.


National Cross Country 2019

The national cross country championships took place in Falkirk on Saturday, with the Harriers being well represented across all of the age groups. The seniors mens and womans races are now equal in distance with both being billed as 10k. The ladies were out first on the course and were the first ones to discover that the 10k wasn’t quite as billed, with an extra 700m thrown into the tough course!


The course has changed over the years, but as always the steep muddy hill leading to the forest section of the course was still there in all its glory, with runners tackling it three times during their race. Cheryl Thomas mastered this and all else that the course threw at her the best, returning home as first female harrier. Claire Monaghan paced her race well and picked off plenty of runners on the way as she finished not too far behind Cheryl. Marianne McKay was third back and was loving the hills as always, she even managed to stay on her feet this year! Lynsey Mooney wasn’t so fortunate, as she took a nasty stumble on the gravelly section of the course and sadly could not finish. Debbie McKenzie and Heather Lafferty did well at their first nationals as well.


The two under 20s races interjected the seniors races, with the course getting to its ultimate chewed up state for the men to tackle it. Although, even a bit of rain during their rain was not able to really result in a muddy course this year. Paul Monaghan was first to return home for the men with a run of just over 40 minutes, with Steven Campbell not far behind.


Paul Beaton and Neil Lafferty had a great battle for third spot, with Paul showing a little bit more experience on the cross country terrain to finish just ahead. It was a really good debut on the cross country for Neil, and a sign of things to come for both in the future. It was a similarly promising debut for Oliver Reilly, who ran cross country for the first time ever, and managed a very respectable finish.


Danny McLaughlin had a great run to put a few of the younger guns to shame! Bragging rights were deservedly his on the bus trip back home (although some dodged the bus to avoid the pelters!). Last weeks winner Kevin Gill was brought back down to earth, sadly no trophy on offer for 631st this week, but a great run nonetheless. Alan O’Rourke said he felt the benefit of the Monday night hill sessions he has been running for the past few months, closing the gap on those ahead of him compared to previous weeks results. Can’t get a better advert than that for our regular training sessions, so get yourself along! A big shout out to the support of the seniors and juniors who cheered everyone on as they flew past the club tent. Brilliant to see so many through with plenty of bobble hats on show.


The cross country season is now at a close but the racing never sleeps. A few big races coming up in the next month or two with the Balloch to Clydebank half marathon, Tom Scott 10 miler and of course the GGH Doherty Cup. Greenock parkrun celebrates it’s 250th event this Saturday and there will be pacers on the day, a great opportunity to get yourself a shiny new pb.

Womans ’10k’: Cheryl Thomas 53.17, Claire Monaghan 53.42, Marianne McKay 55.05, Debbie McKenzie 60.25, Heather Lafferty 64.42
Mens ’10k’: Paul Monaghan 40.27, Steven Campbell 41.17, Paul Beaton 43.13, Neil Lafferty 43.32, Danny McLaughlin 45.58, Oliver Reilly 46.55, Stephen Hanley 47.24, David Roberts 48.13, Alan O’Rourke 49.52, Scot Hill 52.35, Kevin Gill 53.45, Frank McMahon 54.33