Scott Strikes Bronze at National

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Round-up of a successful weekend for the Harriers who competed in the age group National T&F Championships at Grangemouth stadium. 10th & 11th August 2019. With the highlight being Scott Hannaway’s brilliant Bronze in the U20 mens 400m.

Day one at the Scottish National Age Group T&F Championships:

In the under 15s 300metres Emma Aitken produced the run of the day with a 2 second PB. Having only recently started concentrating on the sprint distance, she covered the 300m in just 47 seconds, a significant improvement. Ben Campbell also ran well as he recorded a new best time by just ½ a second in the 1500m. Francesca McKay was slightly down on her 800m best but put in a strong run in a very quick heat. There was disappointment for medal hope Harris Morrison, who pulled out at last minute, on advice of the physio with hamstring strain he had been suffering with all week.

300m Emma Aitken 47.49

1500m Ben Campbell 4.55.09

800m Francesca McKay 2.55.24

Day two at the Scottish National Age Group T&F Championships:

It was the turn of the under13s & under 20s, and the warm sunny weather from the previous day unfortunately didn’t last – but it didn’t stop all  our six under 13 athletes producing their fastest ever times.

1st year girls Sophie, Maria, Summer and Erin gained valuable experience in heat 1 of the 800metres timed final format. Sophie went out strongly from the start holding onto 3rd place throughout with her typical gutsy performance. Maria was more measured in her tactics coming through steadily in the 2nd lap to take 4th.  Just behind came Summer and Erin giving their all to produce life time bests in their first National final.

Ava Beaton was in the 4th and quickest of the girls heats, and she kept herself in medal contention. At 600m she had forced her way through to 4th place and was closing down on the Pitreavie athlete in front, but as her rival picked up the pace in response to the challenge, Ava faded slightly in the home straight, but should take great confidence in that she has recorded a PB every time she has stepped on the track at 800m this season.

David Docherty was in the first of the 3 heats of the boys final. It was an impressive run by the youngster, lying 3rd at half way, he powered through to win by 20metres on the line. His time was the 14th quickest overall.

The outstanding performance of the day however came from Scott Hannaway in the U20’s 400metres. He had cruised to a comfortable win in his heat to set up his place in the final, where he would be up against formidable opposition in Pitreavie’s, Billy Doyle, and Englishman  Hakan Dalbal 7th and 18th quickest respectively in the UK. By the time the final came the weather had worsened with the wind picking up and the rain lashing down. Despite the conditions Scott was quickly away and into 2nd place, but with the finish line in sight he was overtaken by Hakan. But he can go home happy with a National Bronze medal in his first year at Under 20 and a time a fraction off his best in terrible conditions.

400m:  Scott Hannaway  3rd Final 49.75 /  1st Heat 49.91

800m:  David Docherty 2:34:84 PB

Ava Beaton  2:30.48    PB

Sophie McGinty  2:52.07    PB

Maria McCabe   2:55.86    PB

Summer Taggart 3:02.17   PB

Erin McEleny  3:04.50   PB

Season Finale at Battery Park

There was a large turnout for the Harriers Bill Elder Road Races with 107 athletes competing over the Junior 1km and Senior 10km races.

It was guest runners who filled the top 3 places in the Men’s race with Inverclyde AC’s John Bell in outstanding form with a spectacular 31.06  to take top spot, he was followed by Cambuslang’s Alasdair Campbell, and Glasgow University’s Johannes Arens.  But for the home clubs Steven Campbell his 4th spot was undoubtedly  more important, as it meant that he was to claim the overall GGH Champions title in the final event of the 11 race championship.

Chloe Simpson smashed  her PB by almost 2 minutes to go under the 40 minute mark to win the ladies race, but she was made to work  for her win by Sue Hewitson who also produced an outstanding run, beating her best by 84 seconds.  In 3rd was Claire Monaghan, who’s consistency throughout the long season ensured her the Harriers ladies overall  champions title for 2018-19.

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Steven Campbell & Chloe Simpson winners of the Bill Elder Salvers for 1st GGH athletes in the race

It was a record turnout for the junior 1km race (1 lap of the Battery Park) with U17 athlete Harry McGill as expected running clear for the win.  The under 15s were much closer with Harris Morrison doing enough to hold off Ben Campbell and Shaun Wiseman.  Ava Beaton was quickest girl around the park closely followed by Katie Johnson. It was especially encouraging to see 10 of the girls all going under 4 minutes.

 

Bill Elder 10K Results: John Bell 31.06, Alasdair Campbell 32.33, Johannes Arens 34.04, Steven Campbell 34.24, David Tamburini 34.28, Paul Monaghan 35.15, Daniel Doherty 36.09, Andrew White 36.48, Michael McLoone 37.46, Oliver Reilly 38.23, Andrew McCall 38.39, John Stevenson 38.42, Alan Henderson 39.09, Gordon Hepburn 39.19, Chloe Simpson 39.31, Gavin Morrison 40.07, Chris Jones 40.38, Sue Hewitson 40.42, Chris Watson 40.52, Richard Davidson 41.17, Andrew Norris 41.24, Stephen Harrison 42.58, Danny McLaughlin 43.46,Joshua Ruddy 43.54, James McFadden 43.55, Stuart Crawford 44.02, Stephen Reid 44.07, Richard Newsome 44.20, Ian McKee 44.27, Callum Gorry 44.33, David Ness 45.00, Alan O’Rourke 45.10, Gerry Deveney 45.11, David Rafferty 45.23, Claire Monaghan 45.50, Donna Campbell 46.27, Eric Lindsey 46.28, Kevin Gill 46.48, Fiona McFarlane 46.58, Jim Cuffe 47.00, James Docherty 47.03, Frank McMahon 47.34, Sean McFarlane 47.37, Lorna Coyle 47.55, Mathew Young 48.25, Lisa Boonsanong 49.08, Marianne McKay 49.15, Tam Hamilton 50.12, Brian Dando 50.58, Boyd McKenzie 51.04, Kenny Scott 51.09, Andrew McQueen 51.29, Gerry Gillespie   52.41, Fiona Cushnaghan 53.30, Willie Logan 56.03, Gerry Langan 56.44, Liz McAuslan 58.19, Angela Nelson 58.35, Dougie McEwan 58.48, Stuart David Crawford 58.57, Helen Crawford 58.58, Alison McSween 61.03, Eddie Devine 62.49,  Emma Sinclair 62.54, Charlotte McKay 64.06,

Junior 1k Results: Harry McGill 3.01, Harris Morrison 3.15, Ben Campbell 3.18, Sean Wiseman 3.22, Ava Beaton 3.24, David Docherty 3.25, Douglas Campbell 3.31, Katie Johnson 3.32, Euan Johnson 3.33, Leo Beaton 3.43, Ruby McGill 3.44, Abbie Tosh 3.44, Sophie McGinty 3.45, Emma Aitken 3.47, Francesca McKay 3.49, Connor McCrorey 3.49, Jonathan Lamont 3.49, Maria McCabe 3.50, Summer Taggart 3.51, Ruari Trainer 3.53, Erin McEleny 3.56, Sophie Campbell 4.03, Oliver Jones 4.11, Anna Docherty 4.16, Olivia Trainer 4.20, Sam Cushnaghan 4.25, Charlotte Jones 4.26, Sophie Baker 4.26, Tyler Bryce 4.35, Josh Docherty 4.39, Islay Newsome 4.39, Aimee McEleny 4.39, Rachel Ruddy 4.40, Stella McCabe 4.41, Ben Mullan 4.47, Samantha Lamont 4.54, Beth Docherty 5.08, Ben O’Brien 5.08, Lily Doherty 5.21, Elsie Doherty 5.38,

GGH Bill Elder Road Races

The final race of the 2018-19 GGH Club Championship takes place on Tuesday evening 6th August 2019 at the Battery Park, Greenock
7.15pm start: Juniors: 1km race, 1 lap of the Battery Park. (*Juniors to meet by 6.45pm)
7.30pm start: Seniors. 10km road race with non-conceding handicap.

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Route: Start in the Battery Park at middle gate run in clockwise direction, behind Pavilion and leave park at road exit. Turn left and follow cycle path along to Esplanade and container way. Turning point is around the clock tower at Customhouse quay.

Register at Battery Park (middle gate) from 6.30pm – Volunteers required for Registration, Marshalling & Time Keeping.

Please arrive early and bring correct change for race (£1 juniors, £2 seniors/ Guests £4)

June 10k Races

Port Glasgow 10k

The second annual Port Glasgow 10k took place on a new date this year, scheduled on a Sunday in June. The weather conditions were much better than last year (although they could hardly be any worse!). It was a bright morning, with a stiff breeze into the runners faces on the final 2k stretch along the boardwalk.

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There was a superb turnout of 41 harriers! Sadly, Chris Mooney could not return to defend his inaugural victory from the previous year due to injury. The competition was stiff this year too, and Stevie Campbell stuck with the hard pace for 5k before sitting back and easing his way to the end to finish 4th overall.

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The home favourite Daniel Doherty was only 7 seconds behind Stevie in 5th place as the Port Glasgow crowds swelled the pavements to cheer him on! Andrew Osborne was 3rd harrier home and finished ahead of Stephen Hanley, with the pair of them having been neck and neck at the recent Babcock 10k series.

Oliver Reilly had to wait another week before getting his sub 39 target and John Stevenson worked hard to ensure another sub 40 was in the bag. Young Shaun Wiseman had a cracking run in just over 41 minutes, a great time and first under 20! Graham McGrattan produced a great sprint finish to take a couple of scalps in the home straight.

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Claire Monaghan was first female harrier and 5th overall with a great run of under the 45 minute mark which was a PB for Claire. It has been a really good season for Claire as she has made a big push towards the Glenpark Woman’s Championship which is going down to the last race. Donna Campbell was second female harrier and Nicola Stevenson was third, slightly hampered by having to wear her dad’s large harriers T shirt! We love the commitment to wearing club colours.

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Eric Lindsay has been motoring throughout the summer. In his first few months of joining the club, he has been storming through PBs at parkrun. At Port Glasgow, he was able to test himself over the longer distance and will be really chuffed to dip under the 48 minute mark.

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The organisation of the race was superb on the day, with a number of harriers lending a hand. A big thank you from the club goes out to the officials. We are all looking forward to the third installment next year.

Results: Steven Campbell 36:40, Daniel Doherty 36:47, Andrew Osborne 37:47, Stephen Hanley 38:22, Oliver Reilly 39.18, John Stevenson 39.47, George McCallum 41.13, Shaun Wiseman 41.17, Malcolm MacLean 42.59, Stewart Anderson 43.17, Ross Slater 43.31, Graham McGrattan 43.52, Ian McKee 44.32, Claire Monaghan 44.56, Stuart Crawford 45.32, Donna Campbell 45.37, Stephen Reid 45.38, Bernard Kangley 47.56, Eric Lindsay 47.59, Stuart Austin 48.20, Nicola Stevenson 48.36, Fiona MacFarlane 48.41, Kevin Gill 48.42, James Campbell 49.55, Marianne McKay 49.58, Debbie McKenzie 50.46, Jan Duncan 51.13, Gerry Gillespie 52.57, Lynsey Mooney 53.08, Heather Lafferty 53.08, Graeme Crawford 53.44, Eileen Stevenson 54.42, Ian Hanley 55.04, Heather Kangley 55.09, Nathalie Smith 60.11, Elaine Medinelli 60.15, Sandra Devine 60.17, Gill Gilmour 62.38, Angeline Austin 72.08, Charlotte McKay 74.56,


Clydebank 10k

On Thursday 13th June, the Clydebank 10k made a return to the early summer race schedule for 2019. As part of the previous four race Polaroid series before it wasn’t continued in the new three race Babcock series, the course always offered a fast and flat course over two laps of the industrial estate and onto the nearby canal path.

On a cool and calm night ideal for running, two club members travelled over in search of good performances to set themselves up for the rest of the season.

First home for the club in 35th place in a field of around 250 was Duncan Anderson running a 49 second PB. Last year’s handicap champion has been showing great signs this summer, this 10k PB following on from a parkrun PB which has been long awaited. Only a couple of places behind in the first of three 10ks in just over a week was Oliver Reilly, also in a new PB. After joining the club late last year, Oliver has dedicated himself to improving in every race and with two excellent marathons behind him in Spring and now a 10k race schedule over the summer, we can only see him getting stronger.

Up at the front, the men’s race was won by Grant Baillie of East Kilbride Athletics Club in 32.39 with the women’s race being won by Michelle Sandison of Springburn Harriers in a time of 35.49.

Results: Duncan Anderson 38.46, Oliver Reilly 39.02


Brian Goodwin 10k

The Bellahouston Harriers host one of the most popular 10k races of the summer in Pollock Park on a Friday night in June. A stellar field of runners are enticed to the Southside of Glasgow with the promise of a free beer and burger (and a fast, flat 10k of course).  The course takes runners through Pollock park from Cartha Rugby Club, and loops back to the start via the surrounding roads then repeating the 5k loop.

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Stephen Hanley was first back for the club, achieving his 4th 10k PB in the space of 5 weeks, following on from a hattrick of PBs at the Babcock 10k series. He managed to reduce his PB from 391.4 to 36.32 in that time frame. Oliver Reilly also left Pollock delighted, as he managed to break that 39 minute barrier that he had been searching for in the last few weeks! A good bit of healthy competition for these guys has worked a treat with a string of PBs. Duncan Anderson followed on with another solid run, but wasn’t quite able to match his great time at Clydebank.

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George McCallum used the race as a nice warm up before he headed north the next day to tackle the Rob Roy Challenge. It was great to see Marian Monk back racing again. The two time lady champion has seen her season disrupted by injury but was back to take on one of her favourite races. She finished ahead of Marianne McKay and Fiona MacFarlane who had a great battle for 2nd and 3rd female harrier home.

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Results: Stephen Hanley 36.34, Oliver Reilly 38.40, Duncan Anderson 39.27, George McCallum 40.12, Marian Monk 45.56, Marianne McKay 49.02, Fiona MacFarlane 49.04

Loch Lomond 10k

The Loch Lomond 10k (formerly known as the Vale of Leven 10k) took on a slightly altered course this year. The hill through Balloch Country Park was removed and a flatter course routed itself along the banks of the canal through Balloch.

There was a great turnout from Glenpark Harriers making the short trip across the water on a sunny Saturday morning. Paul Monaghan took full advantage of the good weather and new course, and finished 3rd overall in 34.40, and narrowly missed out to Paul Sorrie in 2nd by 2 seconds. Andrew Osborne finished just ahead of Mick McLoone who were 2nd and 3rd harriers respectively.

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Donna Campbell edged out Claire Monaghan for first female harriers but both picked up prizes in the vets categories. Terri Wall was third female harrier in just over 50 minutes. The bright red T shirts that were handed out to the competitors were very well received, with 6 of the runners turning up to the following Monday night hill session wearing them!

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Results: Paul Monaghan 34.40, Andrew Osborne 37.28, Mick McLoone 37.46, Donna Campbell 45.17, Claire Monaghan 45.32, Bernard Kangley 47.54, James Campbell 49.36, Terri Wall 50.05, John Carruthers 52.51, Fiona Cushnaghan 53.13, Heather Kangley 53.25, Angela Nelson 57.45, Elaine Medinelli 58.08, Sandra Devine 60.17


Bill Elder 10k 2019

Just a reminder to all members and interested others, this year’s season ending Bill Elder 10k takes place on Tuesday 6th August at 7.30pm. Start and registration at the middle gate of the Battery Park.  Lets try and get a smashing turnout from the club to close this season. All visitors welcome, entry is just £2 for members and £4 for guests. What a bargain!

Course Records Smashed on Bute

Shaun Lyon and Chloe Simpson were on top form to win Greenock Glenpark Harriers Singlehurst trail race. They set new course records with both taking a minute off the previous bests.

The club had returned to the Isle of Bute for the 3rd year, and were again blessed with warm sunshine. The senior 5km race started at Kingarth then headed down to the village of Kilchattan. The runners then turned on to the West Island Way trail, before reaching the sting in the tail, a 400 feet steep climb up Suidhe Chatain.

At this point Shaun Lyon and Steven Campbell were together, with Daniel Doherty battling hard to stay on terms. And again last year’s winner Steven made his bid for the win on the climb, opening up a gap on Shaun, but unlike last year it wasn’t to be as local man Shaun regained the lead on the descent, and was to hold on comfortably at the end from Steven, with Daniel back in 3rd.

Chloe Simpson making her debut at this race coped well with the steep climb to stay clear of Nicola Stevenson who also dipped under the previous course record. Claire Monaghan was 3rd with an impressive 2 ½ minute improvement on last year.

The Junior race followed, with 9 youngsters contesting the ½ mile road race. Summer Taggart- in yet another course record, went clear of Erin McEleny on the long gradual climb to the finish with Leah Knox in 3rd place.  It was excellent performances all round with 5 of those who ran last year’s race all improving, none more significantly that Connie Dolan who was almost 2 minutes quicker.

A special thanks to Shaun Lyon and his family for hosting the race and providing refreshments in the beautiful setting looking onto Kilchattan bay.

800m Junior Race: Summer Taggart 3.08, Erin McEleny 3.13, Leah Knox 3.22, Aimee McEleny 3.53, Isla Newsome 4.03, Zak Dolan 4.19, Shaun Newsome 4.50, Elsie Doherty 5.13, Connie Dolan 6.03.

5km Senior Race: Shaun Lyon 18.19, Steven Campbell 19.07, Daniel Doherty 19.32, Wes Pattison 19.38, John Stevenson 21.54, Robert Dolan 22.17, Danny McLaughlin 23.54, Stephen Reid 23.54, Chloe Simpson 24.03, Richard Newsome 24.35, Nicola Stevenson 25.01, Frank McMahon 25.20, Matthew Young 25.41, Claire Monaghan 25.43, Callum Gorry 25.49, Marian Monk 26.11, Lucas Bezian 26.20, Cheryl Thomas 26.30, Lorna Coyle 26.35, Marianne McKay 27.38, Lynsey Mooney 30.43, Jane Dolan 31.26, Silke Loehdorf 31.53, Sharon Black 33.29, Charlotte McKay39.43,

 

Ravenscraig Stadium

JUNIOR TRAINING – For all those going to the track on Tuesday & Thursday this week please note the following Road Works.

Auchmead Road is closed from Inverkip Road from Monday 01/07/19 at 6am- Friday 05/07/19 at 5pm.
Diversion is via Cumberland Road and down Auchmead Road.

Please Note- Parking may be limited during this time.