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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!