All juniors are reminded that the next club race is this Saturday 14th April. Lots of points are up for grabs in the championship for Under 11s to Under 20s. Registration is at the first shelter on Ashton promenade from 1pm. Races start at 1.45pm. Under 11s run 1200metres, everyone else 2400metres.
The Harriers are back in local action on Sat 14th April competing for the Docherty Cup in round 6 of the GGH club championship.
Race start times on Gourock Ashton promenade are:
1.45pm:- Juniors: 1.2 km: Under 11’s (1 lap), 2.4 km: Under 13’s, 15’s & 17’s (2 laps). Junior course is a loop(s) of the Gourock Ashton promenade.
2.00pm: Seniors: 10 mile conceding handicap race. Starts at Gourock promenade and heads along Cloch Road, turning just after Inverkip roundabout and coming back to start.
*After race Refreshments in the Spinnaker Hotel (our race Sponsors) from 3.30pm.
**Why not stay on for the Spinnaker Charity Race night from 8.30 to 11pm on behalf of “Reach Across” a charity based in Scotland who provide support for people who are experiencing mental health issues. And also support the families of loved ones in the unfortunate case of losing a family member through mental health. !!!
A big thank you also to Inverclyde Leisure for changing & shower facilities at Gourock Pool.
This Saturday 7th April (11am – 12pm), training for the young Harriers is at Battery Park, Greenock, The session will be suitable for either spikes or road shoes
After a one year hiatus, the popular Balloch to Clydebank half marathon returned on Sunday 25th March. 16 Harriers made the journey across the water to take part, many eyeing a chance at a PB on a good course. It was a bright calm day with a light breeze gently assisting the runners, a stark contrast to the blustery conditions in the preceding weeks.
Daniel Doherty just fought off Andrew Osborne to be the first harrier home in just under 82 minutes. Sue Hewitson was first lady harrier in just under 1.36, a great run from Sue not far off her PB.
Nicola Stevenson recorded one of the biggest PBs on the day with a run of 1.46.20. Nicola ad been aiming for sub 1.45, but that PB is still a whopping 7 minute improvement! At this rate, the 1.45 mark is not far off. Another really impressive run was from Donna Clark to break 1.40 for the first time, and by some margin. Donna ran 1.37.24 to come in 2nd out of the ladies on the day. Kirsty Ormond was third lady in a PB of 1.41.13, taking 2 minutes off of her time from Alloa this time last year.
Stephen Reid put his recent hard work in marathon training to good use and got a PB by over a minute in 1.37.33. Also showing good signs in his marathon training was Robert Dolan, with a solid run of 1.24.45 which will stand him in good stead for London in a few weeks. Gordon Hepburn was close to his PB in 1.27.12 and Boyd MacKenzie dipped under the 1.50 mark in 1.49.15.
Both Graeme and Wenda Crawford got PBs. Graeme finished in 2.05.02 and Wenda in 2.14.26, both taking good time off of their previous best at Edinburgh last year. The great turnout on the day was rounded off with good runs from Susie Gillies, Ann Anderson, Heather Kangley and Terry Wall. Big thank you to the support teams including Abbigael and Cameron Crawford with their babysitters Emma and David Benstead, as well as mens captain John Stevenson and dog Oreo. Well done everyone!
Greenock parkrun 24.03.18
Elsewhere this past weekend the weather was more favourable at the Greenock parkrun. 6 harriers were able to get new PBs on the day. It was a family affair with Charlotte McKay and granddaughter Erin McEleney getting a new PB on the day. Similarly, Ava Beat and her father Paul both got a PB too. Paul getting under the 19 minute mark for the first time. There were also PBs for Derrick MacNish and Cheryl Thomas, who was celebrating her 50th parkrun along with fellow harrier David Benstead.
Speaking of milestones, Greenock parkrun is celebrating it’s 200th run this Saturday, 31st March. If you can, please try and get along and help Greenock parkrun reach their target of breaking the 200 runner mark on their big day!
With the weather taking a turn for the worse in February and into March in 2018, there has not been much opportunity for racing among the Glenpark Harriers since the national Cross Country. There have been a few exceptions to this and in some cases, some real success to share. If you have raced in recent months, please let someone at the club know and we can share our story on the website.
With the Alloa Half Marathon cancelled today, we hope that this is rearranged swiftly for all Harriers who had trained for this. Similarly for the cancelled Yound Athletes Races at the Battery Park. Keep an eye out on the website and social media outlets for more information. We also wish good luck to any harriers planning to race in the coming weeks with the Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon and the Tom Scott 10 mile road race coming up shortly.
Inverness Half Marathon
Andrew White headed north on Sunday 11th March to take part in the 2018 Inverness Half Marathon. Andrew had been running great around the tun of the year, with his first club race victory coming at the Harris Trophy. Sadly, an unexpected back injury a few weeks later had put him on the sidelines for a few weeks. However, when Andrew regained his strength to get back on running, he hadn’t missed a beat and was right back out running his high mileage and his pace soon returned.
Andrew ran the Inverness half in 75.53, a 9 second pb! A great run from Andrew. This was enough for a top 20 finish in the race and 2nd v40, narrowly missing out on 1st by 13 seconds. Here’s hoping Andrew can continue this form into Manchester Marathon. The race itself was won by Scottish Commonwealth athlete Robbie Simpson with recent National XC champion Kris Jones in 2nd, with Garscube’s Katie White taking the female prize.
Valencia Half Marathon
Susie Gilles took herself to warmer climes for the Maraton Rioja de Túria in Valencia for the half marathon on 4th March. Susie managed to get round the tough hilly route in 2.12. Well done Susie, good to see the Glenpark vest making an outing in the Spanish sunshine!
Greenock parkrun has had to contend with the wild snowfall in late February, and in recent weeks the runners have had to contend with the fierce east wind! However, there has been some success in recent weeks for the harriers at the weekly event.
Young Ava Beaton took almost a minute off of her time on 24th February with a run of 24 minutes dead. On the same day, Ian McKee got his first pb in almost a year with a run of 22.18, and took another 20 seconds off of this time the following week. Sadly his attempt at the pb hattrick died in the howling winds on his next outing on 17th March.
The howling wind hasn’t stopped Chris Mooney picking up a coupe of first place finishes on 10th and 17th March. His sub 17 minute run on the 10th will be a particularly big confidence boost given the grueling conditions. Sue Hewitson has done likewise, powering her way to back to back first lady positions at the same parkrun outings. Sue has now been first lady at Greenock on 61 different occasions!
Some crafty harriers took themselves away from the Greenock wind on 17th March, with harriers popping up at Linwood, Ruchill, Strathclyde and Springburn parkruns.
3k On The Green
Andy McCall and Nicola Stevenson took themselves down to the February running of 3k on the Green. Andy managed to get there in better time and put in a great run of 10.08! Special mention to Andy, who amidst the red warning of snow on the following Wednesday, got his running gear n in the office, and ran from Glasgow City centre down the road in the fierce weather! True dedication/craziness, you decide…
This was Nicola’s first attempt at the shorter 3k racing distance, and put in a good showing with a time of 13.26, very comparable to her recent 5k times. A quick reminder that the March running of this event falls this Friday 23rd March, register here: http://www.3konthegreen.com/
The Harriers Junior Training is at Battery Park, Sat 10th March – at 11am to 12pm (on the path)
Saturday 24th February saw the annual running of the Scottish National Cross Country. The event is held at Callendar Park in Falkirk and features a stern test for the senior runners taking part in the 10k route. The course was almost unrecognisable from last year’s mudbath, with firm underfoot conditions making for great running. Let’s all be glad it wasn’t scheduled for this weekend! The course take runner on a 2 mile loop around the park. The first mile undulates around the woodland area behind Callendar House and on towards the golf course where the second mile loops round before heading up into the trees adjacent to the main road. The route was slightly changed again this year, but maintained the traditional frantic downhill finish.
The ladies set off first, with Marian Monk leading the way in 50.43, a good run from our defending ladies champion. Nicola Stevenson showed further signs of her recent improvements to come home in 2nd position for the club, and only just over a minute slower than Marian. As mentioned previously, the conditions were great underfoot with very little soft ground for the runners to deal with. However, Marianne McKay found a rogue slippy patch and went head over heels only one mile into the race. She bounced back up like a pro and went on to run a solid race whilst caked in mud! Lynsey Mooney had a good run in 4th position for Glenpark closely followed by Eileen Stevenson.
The men’s race was last up on the day, and ran over the same course as the ladies. Shaun Lyon and Chris Mooney had a great battle to be the first harrier on the day, Shaun led the way for the first two laps, with Chris nipping ahead at the start of the third. However, Shaun dug deep and pulled back in front and led the men home in 37.37, just 3 seconds ahead of Chris. Shaun showed great character to dig it out on the day and Chris has been flying in recent weeks, and both will take away a top 100 finish at the Nationals.
Steven Campbell was third harrier home with Andy McCall in 4th. John Stevenson rounded off a good family day out with his 5th place finish, only 30 seconds behind Andy’s time. Great run from the men’s captain! The battle for 6th counter in the men’s team was the battle of the Daniel’s, with Danny McLaughlin ultimately pipping Daniel Doherty for those bragging rights. Derrick MacNish put in a really good run, even if he forgot to put his time chip on!
In the team events, the ladies placed in 22nd and the men in 17th. Ultimately it was a disappointing placement for the men who had finished 8th last year, but a few runners missed out on the day through injury.
Ladies 10k: Marian Monk 50.43, Nicola Stevenson 52.16, Marianne McKay 53.36, Lynsey Mooney 56.06, Eileen Stevenson 62.23
Mens 10k: Shaun Lyon 37.37, Chris Mooney 37.40, Steven Campbell 39.20, Andy McCall 41.40, John Stevenson 42.10, Danny McLaughlin 42.49, Daniel Doherty 42.52, Derrick MacNish 45.30