Race Reports 2016-2017

 Cowal Highland Gathering  5k Road Race – 24th August 2017

5-star Harriers in Dunoon

In heavy rain and high wind 5 harriers took part in the 5k road race event of the annual Cowal Highland Gathering. The tough conditions didn’t seem to put Fiona Ramsey off as she continued her blistering run of form, finishing in 6th place overall and picking up yet another 1st lady trophy,  finishing a clear 3 minutes ahead of her closest competitor from the ladies.

Daniel Doherty and Michael McLoone stayed with the leaders until after the turn where gaps began to widen. Both finished strongly to comfortably secure their eventual positions of 3rd and 4th male respectively, Michael taking the 2nd vet place. Sean Gaffney of Inverclyde AC took home the male winner’s trophy which Daniel held last year. Winners in preceding years including Glenpark duo Shaun Lyon and Stephen Trainer, and Inverclyde AC’s Craig Ruddy.

The effervescent Mick Dunn had a superb run, taking 49 seconds off his time from last year’s race, finishing in 8th place and 3rd vet.

Alan Mollins was flying solo for the juniors and clocked an impressive time of 19:36. A great effort given the conditions which undoubtedly hampered a crack at a time close to, or even sub 19 minutes.

Daniel Doherty 17:30, Michael McLoone 17:59, Fiona Ramsey 18:59 Alan Mollins 19:36, Michael Dunn 20:02

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The games running events are the Thursday night 5k and the Saturday hill race 6k. It would be great to see increasing numbers of harriers making the short trip over, on Saturday and in the coming years for both. Good luck to everyone running on Saturday, especially Steven Campbell as he defends his hill race title.

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Paisley 10k – 20th August 2017

A trio of blue and gold PB’s in Paisley.

It was another great day for Greenock Glenpark Harriers as 18 harriers and their supporters headed for Paisley. All battled their way round the town and challenged for places throughout the large field of 1733 runners, with some outstanding performances along the way. Well-deserved PB’s on what can’t be described as a “flat and fast” course, came from George McCallum, Steven Smith who dipped under 44 minutes for the first time and Emma Benstead. Just rewards for their hard work in training and a setting of the bar for some of their club mates.

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Team effort – Graham Mc Grattan and George McCallum setting off to impressive times.

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PB time  – Steven Smith on the downhill to the finish

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Smiling through the pain – Emma Benstead making a tough PB look easy

Another notable performance came from Graham McGrattan who finished 3rd V60 from 66 in his category.

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Photos from Jo McGrattan and Nathalie Smith who were there providing much appreciated support, and Kenny Phillips.

Daniel Doherty 36:47, Chris Watson 37:48, Sean Marshall 38:37, George McCallum 40:29 (PB), Steven Watson 40:18, Stephen Reid 43:55, Steven Smith 43:48 (PB), David Ness 43:47, Marian Monk 46:35, Lynsey Mooney 51:03, Gerry Gillespie 51:47, Viki Smith 52:16, Cheryl Thomas 54:14, Craig Melrose 55:04, Emma Benstead 61:57 (PB), Sarah Aitken 61:52,

Bute Highland Games 19th August 2017

It was another successful day at Rothesay for the Harriers at the Bute Highland Games which saw the Seniors’ dominating the 10k road race, and our juniors sweeping up the top prizes on the track.

In the wet and windy conditions Fiona Ramsay overcame a scare which saw her lose her long held lead at 7km mark but she fought back to run out a convincing winner in 39 minutes.

Shaun Lyon’s bid to win his home 10k were dashed again by Cambuslang’s Robert Gilroy, as he finished in 2nd place for the 3rd year in a row. It was a brave attempt by Shaun as he went with the early pace, but he was just unable to match the experienced Internationalist. Team mates Steven Campbell and Paul Monaghan were not far behind in 6th & 7th.

24 juniors competed in the 100m, 200m, and 800m races.  Scooping most of the prizes as they coped well with the extremely difficult, wet, windy and slippy underfoot conditions. A special mention to those taking part in their first open competition, Madeline McCabe, Francesca McKay, Josh Docherty, Douglas Campbell, Patrick McCabe, Katie  and Ewan Johnson, Aimee and Erin McEleny, all can be proud of their performances.

Scottish Under 15s National T&F Championships, Scotstoun 20th Aug 17

Harry McGill had a successful championships at Scotstoun stadium. With the first 4 to qualify from each of the heats, Harry sailed through securing his place in the final by easily finishing in second place.

After a long 4 ½ hour wait, he again took to the track with all the top middle distance runners in Scotland. He was expecting it to be hard but it was made all the tougher when Central AC’s Lewis Dow led out a blistering first lap of 64 seconds, which strung out the field of 14 starters.

Harry maintained his challenge all the way to the line, and moved through the pack to eventually finish 8th, in 4.28minutes, 8 seconds quicker than his heat, but just failing by a single second to record a PB. Afterwards he said it had been painful towards the end as he was suffering from the effect of lactic acid following the quick first lap, but that he was still pleased with his days work.

Harry at Bute Highland Games

Harry winning the 200m at Rothesay the previous day

Bill Elder Road Races 1st August 2007 – Battery Park, Greenock

John Bell retained his title when he won the Bill Elder 10k road race in Greenock Glenpark Harriers final race of the 2016-17 season. He had made an early break from the main pack by the time he had left the Battery Park and headed towards the half-way turning point at the Custom House Quay clock tower – It was a lead the Inverclyde AC athlete was to extend to over two minutes.

Behind him David Tamburini and Steven Campbell were fighting it out to be top veteran, which saw David easing clear in the last kilometre, but Steven had the consolation of taking the trophy for the best placed Glenparker ahead of Andrew White.

Leading woman was Lorna Coyle who was a convincing winner ahead of Fiona Cushnaghan who recorded her quickest time for 4 years, and Sarah Whalen in 3rd.

In the veteran competition Mick McLoone, Graham McGrattan and Eddie Devine were best in the Over 50, 60 and 70 categories respectively.

Kenny Scott had a well-deserved victory in the Handicap race, but Paul Monaghan’s single point was enough to draw him level with Alan O’Rourke to share the seasons Handicap Champions title.

The Juniors got the evening underway with some impressive performances from the under11s in the 1km race around the Battery Park. Aidan McElwee with his now trade mark sprint finish was clear of debutant Nathan Adams and the improving Cameron Crawford. Maria McCabe’s win crowned her the under 11s 2016-17 Champion. Behind Maria was Madelaine McCabe who prevailed for the runner-up spot, but it was a close affair with just a ten seconds separating the 2nd to 5th placed girls.

After a year out with injury, it was a winning return for Alan Mollins in the 2km race.

A big thankyou to the race sponsor Judy Leslie-Carter of “with complements” massage therapies of Union Street. And to the marshals’ and timekeepers who endured the swarms of midges that descended on the park.

10Km: John Bell 32.22, David Tamburini 34.45, Steven Campbell 35.01, Shaun Gaffney 35.17, Andrew White 35.27, Mick McLoone 35.59, Jason Kane 36.14, Paul Monaghan 36.54, Andrew Osborne 37.18, Chris Watson 37.33, Daniel Doherty 37.51, John Stevenson 38.08, Shaun Marshall 38.18, Kevin O’Donoghue 38.57, Colin Morrison 39.11, Dillon Crawford 39.16, Danny McLaughlin 39.55, Joshua Ruddy 40.28, Graham McGrattan 40.40, Stewart Anderson 40.53, Brian McCluskey 40.55, George McCallum 41.06, Micky Dunn 41.12, Steven Watson 41.51, Stephen Hanley 41.56, James McFadden 42.47, David Ness 42.55, Stephen Reid 43.21, Gerry Gallacher 44.03, Stephen Smith 44.18, Robin McAuslan 44.52, Stuart Crawford 45.20, Colin Campbell 45.30, Jim Cuffe 45.47, Lorna Coyle 45.48, Malcolm McLean 46.02, Gerard Cooke 46.47, Frank McMahon 47.33, George Hegarty 47.48, Gerry Gillespie 48.48, Boyd McKenzie 49.05, Ian Hanley 49.42, Kenny Scott 49.55, Simon Hutton 50.28, Fiona Cushnaghan 50.45, Stuart Crawford 51.25, David Carruthers 51.35, Robert Rideout 51.59, Sarah Whalen 52.49, Claire Monaghan 53.21, Graeme Crawford 57.05, Grace Campbell 58.40, Viki Smith 58.42, Cindy Gavin 59.17, Eddie Devine 61.41,

1Km: Aidan McElwee 3.54, Nathan Adams 4.07, Cameron Crawford 4.11, Maria McCabe 4.13, Leo Beaton 4.24, Owen McElwee 4.34, Patrick McCabe 4.38, Madelaine McCabe 4.57, Francesca McKay 5.00, Ashlin Monaghan 5.04, Abbi Crawford 5.07, Finn McCabe 6.01, Jake McCabe 6.04, Logan O’Donoghue 6.10.

2Km: Alan Mollins 6.55, Ewan Ferguson 7.10, Scott Meechan 7.24, Cameron Patton 7.36,

 

Taynuilt Highland Games  22nd July 2017

On Saturday 22nd July, two hardy harriers took part in various races at the Highland Games in the village of Taynuilt, outside Oban. The highland games featured various traditional heavy events such as tossing the caber and the Nant stone (which, by the way, weighs about the same as that of a 5 year old child!) and of course the light events- the athletics. Dad and daughter duo John and Nicola Stevenson took part, cheered on by Eileen, Finn and dog Oreo. The first event was the half mile race – four loops of the sports field – where Nicola was the first (and only) woman over the line.

The main event, the hill race, was a 10km trail run/hike through the village of Taynuilt, crossing the River Awe, along a forestry track and up Barran Dubh on the side of Ben Cruachan to the east of the village. The run was fairly flat towards Inverawe, until around the 2 mile mark where the climb up became steepest, with the mid-point at the summit. After catching a quick glance at the stunning views up and down Glen Etive- the descent was treacherous and muddy, with Nicola falling waist deep into the mud at the foot of the hill. John completed the run in a time of 1hr 5mins and was 8th over the line. Nicola was 4th female in a time of 1hr 26mins.

As a cool down, both John and Nicola competed in the 1 mile event after (8 laps of the sports field), where John was 3rd male and Nicola again 1st female.

To round the day off, the competition really heated up with the three legged race. Unfortunately, no Stevenson’s placed in this intense competition.

Singlehurst Trail Race – 8th July 2017

Local man Shaun Lyon made full use of home advantage to win Greenock Glenpark Harriers Singlehurst trail race, when the Harriers travelled to Bute for their penultimate championship competition.

In blazing sunshine the new venue provided undoubtedly the most scenic views in the club calendar. The 5.7km 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 515 feet steep ascent to the summit of Suidhe Chatain.

Shaun, who’s farm lies adjacent to the route, led from start to finish with veteran Steven Campbell clear in second, and John Stevenson in third.

The ladies 5km race made slightly shorter by missing out the moor section of the hill, was highly competitive with Lorna Coyle holding off Marianne McKay who had closed the gap on the hill, and Nicola Stevenson close behind.

The 3.5km race which detoured the hill was the closest of the day, had just 2 seconds separating Ewan Ferguson, Cameron Patton and Jude Dolan. Ewan snatching the win on the line. Richard Hodelet in his first championship race of the season was next to finish.

The youngsters 1km run on fields around the farm was the final race, and again it was the ever impressive Aidan McElwee and Maria McCabe who came out on top. Aidan’s 5th win in a row guaranteeing him the overall under 11 championship for the season.

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

1km: Aidan McElwee 3.57, Maria McCabe 4.13, Patrick McCabe 4.29, Leah Knox 4.46, Erin McEleny 4.48, Aimee McEleny 5.44, Stella McCabe 6.31, Zak Dolan 7.16, Connie Dolan 8.15

3.5km: Ewan Ferguson 14.11, Cameron Patton 14.11, Jude Dolan 14.12, Richard Hodelet 22.28, Beth McKenna 22.29, Ruby McGill 22.34

5km: Lorna Coyle 25.19, Marianne McKay 25.47, Nicola Stevenson 26.21, Lyndsey Mooney 28.17, Jane Dolan 32.38, Aileen Stevenson 32.42.

5.7km: Shaun Lyon 23.39, Steven Campbell 25.50, John Stevenson 26.47, Danny McLaughlin 27.21, Robert Dolan 27.40, Graham McGrattan 28.14, Stephen Hanley 28.40, Alan O’Rourke 29.28, Mick Dunn 29.52, Stephen Reid 31.32, Ryan Brown 31.49, Harry McGill 31.50, Mick Harrington 32.55, Lucas Bezian 36.30, Kenny Scott 37.27, Robert Rideout 40.34.

Scottish Veteran Harriers 5k, Clydebank   28th June 2017

There were some good performances at the Vets 5k road race, with 3 of our vets going under the 17minute mark. Daniel Doherty had a top 10 finish in a quality field.  While Paul Monaghan finished 2nd in the V45 category and Mick McLoone finished top V50.

Photos by Kenny Phillips 🙂

Results: Daniel Doherty  16.36, Paul Monaghan 16.45, Michael McLoone 16.55,  Chris Watson 18.01, John Stevenson 18.09, Danny McLaughlin 18.46

Larig Ghru Hill race – 25th June 2017

It was a tough recovery run for Andrew White after competing in the west highland way relay the previous day. He took on the 27 mile Lairig Ghru race which included 2400feet of climbing from Braemar to Aviemore through the Cairngorms. He completed the course in 4hours 50 minutes.

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Dusseldorf Sprint Triathlon European  Championship – 25th June 2017  

It was a strong performance from Frank McMahon at the European Championships where he finished 20th in the over 65 category, taking just 97 minutes overall time for the 750m swim 20km cycle, and 5km run.

On the 5km run he produced his best result over the 3 disciplines finishing with the 11th quickest time, moving him up two positions.

Splits with transitions:  Overall 97.12: Swim 19.39/5.11/Cycle 43.34/2.44/Run 26.05

Frank McMahon

The Midsummer Highland Relay – 24th June 2017

It was a fantastic effort from veterans Paul Monaghan, Steven Campbell and Andrew White to finish runners up in the 3 person, 43 mile relay covering the northern sections of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William.   They completed the course in 5hours 10 mins 30 seconds just 4 minutes behind the winners Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. Paul Monaghan started out on the longest leg from Tyndrum to Glencoe covering 17.5 miles. Next up on the 10.5mile Leg to Kinlochleven was Steven Campbell with Andrew White completing the 14.5 miles to Fort William.

Blackrock 5 mile – 23rd June 2017

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The Harriers travelled east to the coastal village of Kinghorn in Fife for the race which is run across the beach to Black Rock, a rocky outcrop way out in the Forth, which is almost submerged at high tide but stands alone on the sand at low tide. Our top finisher was Stuart Austin in the popular wee race which has over 1000 competitors.

RESULTS: STUART AUSTIN 34:14, STEPHEN REID 35:11, STEVEN WATSON 37:17,  LORNA COYLE 37:54, BRUSE COYLE 40.26, ROMINA SCOTT 45:26, ANGELINE AUSTIN 45:26, JO MCGRATTAN 54.05, EMMA BENSTEAD 54.06,

Cornalees Hill Race 24th June 2017

Hill Win Made Marian Champion

Shaun Lyon and Marian Monk were clear winners at Greenock Glenpark Harriers Cornalees hill race, and in doing so both deservedly secured the club championship title for their first time. Shaun was 2 minutes clear of experienced hill runner Andy McCall, who is showing signs of getting back to full fitness, with Kevin O’Donoghue in third. John Stevenson was fastest veteran with a personal best time for the 5mile route up to the summit cairn above the Cornalees centre.  Marianne McKay and Nicola Stevenson competing in their first hill race performed well to go comfortable under the hour in the windy conditions. The biggest improvement was by Lucas Bezian slashing 18minutes from his time of last year.

Harry McGill was made to work for his win in the junior race by Ewan Ferguson who came within a few strides of causing a surprise defeat for the Largs youngster as they battled each other in the steep climb from Pennyfern to the Cut. Scott Meechan had also put in a strong challenge as he matched the pair, but he faded in the final stretch to the finish and had to settle for 3rd.  Aidan McElwee had another stunning run to win his 4th club race in row in the under 11 category.  Ruby McGill was a clear winner in the girls’ race with sprinter Beth McKenna making a rare appearance away from the track taking second. Leah Knox just had the edge on Maria McCabe for first place in the under 11s.

Thanks to Michael Dunn of C&M coaches our race sponsor, and to all the marshals out on the hillside.

Juniors ½ Mile uphill race: Harry McGill 2.56, Ewan Ferguson 2.59, Scott Meechan 3.17, Cameron Patton 3.25, Aiden McElwee 3.36, Ruby McGill 3.56, Patrick McCabe 4.15, Cameron Crawford 4.29, Struan Robertson 4.43, Beth McKenna 4.44, Leah Knox 4.54, Maria McCabe 4.55, Erin McEleny 5.16, Josh Docherty 5.23, Casey Trainer 5.33,

Seniors 5mile race: Shaun Lyon 36.17, Andrew McCall 38.07, Kevin O’Donoghue 38.42, Daniel Doherty 41.27, John Stevenson 42.32, Robert Dolan 43.00, Alan O’Rourke 44.22, Stephen Hanley 44.54, David Ness 48.25, Danny McLaughlin 48.41, George McCallum 48.54, Marian Monk 50.41, Marianne McKay 53.39, Nicola Stevenson 54.56, Lucas Bezian 56.45, Graeme Crawford 60.11, Simon Hutton 62.33,

Brian Goodwin 10k – 16th June 2017

There was a good turn out at Bellahouston with the best results coming from Mick McLoone who was 2nd in the vet 50 category, and Andrew Paul & Steven finishing 4th, 5th & 6th in the over 40s. Marian Monk ran a personal best also finishing 3rd in the O45s.

Results: Andrew White 35.14, Paul Monaghan 35.33, Daniel Doherty 35.42, Steven Campbell 36.09, Michael McLoone 36.12, John Stevenson 38.07, Stephen Hanley 39.46 Mick Dunn 42.20, Stephen Reid 43.34, Marian Monk 44.01, Donna Clark 47.13, James Campbell 57.09

Track & Field Round-Up June 2017

Ravenscraig OGM 4th June 2017

200m: Harry McGill 27.94, Mia Forrest 29.69, Cameron Patton 33.14

300m: Beth McKenna 46.96

800m: Harry McGill 2.13 PB, Ryan Brown 2.20, Ewan Ferguson 2.21 PB, Cameron Patton 2.33 PB, Mhairi Moore 2.56 PB

Grangemouth OGM 7th June 2017

3000m: Harry McGill 9.47, Ryan Brown 10.32

200m: Harry McGill 27.38 PB, Beth McKenna 29.26

Triple Jump: Harry McGill 9.91m

Scottish Schools Grangemouth 9th & 10th June 2017

1500m: Harry McGill 4.31/4.33 (7th in Final)

800m: Harry McGill 2.15, Cameron Patton 2.39

Kilmarnock OGM 13th June 2017

1500m: Ryan Brown 4.50, Ewan Ferguson 5.00

200m/300m: Beth McKenna 29.41/46.43

Linwood OGM 20th June 2017

Harry McGill set PBs at 100m and 1500m at a warm evening at Linwood. In his first 100m of the season he improved by 0.6  on last season to 13.26 seconds. In his 1500m he went 1 second quicker than 3 weeks ago to 4.30minutes. He has now set PBs this season at 100, 200, 800, 1500, 3000, Long Jump and Triple Jump.

Vale of Leven 10k, 10th June 2017

Greenock Glenpark Harriers cleaned up at the Vale of Leven 10k over a hilly course in rain sodden conditions.

In the team competitions Andrew White, Paul Monaghan, and Steven Campbell claimed the men’s prize, with all three placing in the top 10 from almost 600 starters. Not to be outdone, Emma Baxter, Lorna Coyle, and Terri Wall did likewise in the women’s race.

The prizes didn’t stop there as Emma Baxter who has shown good form so far this year also finished 3rd lady overall. Lorna Coyle was 2nd veteran 50 with a time that places her 6th fastest in the country. Andrew White who has been the Harriers leading veteran in recent months placed 3rd in the over 40 category, and finally in the over 60s both Yvonne Prager and Mick Dunn also finished 3rd.

Results: Andrew White 35.37, Paul Monaghan 35.56, Steven Campbell 36.28, Emma Baxter 41.45, Mick Dunn 42.06,  Stephen Reid 43.53, Lorna Coyle 46.41, David Benstead 49.19, Terri Wall 49.47, Claire Monaghan 53.47, Craig Melrose 54.09, Heather Kangley 54.51, Yvonne Prager 57.39

 GGH Chisholm Mile Race 30th May 2017

Shelby Morrison and Elspeth Curran served up a brilliant race along the Esplanade in Greenock Glenpark Harriers Chisholm mile.  Elspeth of Kilbarchan AAC, the 2016 winner and course record holder, set off very determined and opened up a considerable gap on Inverclyde Athletic Club’s Shelby. She looked set to record back to back wins, but a late charge from Shelby saw Elspeth agonisingly overtaken with just a few yards short of the line, with both runners smashing the old record.

In the men’s race IAC’s Callum Hunter was impressive running clear of team mates Adam Hay and John Bell, with quickest man for the host club Shaun Lyon taking maximum points and a major step to clinching his clubs Championship title.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers dominated in the veteran categories with Andrew White, Michael McLoone, Graham McGrattan and Eddie Devine quickest over 40, 50, 60, & 70 respectively.  Best in the ladies veteran categories were Claire Thompson of Victoria Park City of Glasgow(O40) and the Harriers Lorna Coyle (O50).

One of the most pleasing aspect was the number of young athletes competing and some incredible times recorded, with Harry McGill, Andrew Winter, Abbi Hammerman and Ruby McGill the leading young athletes from the two local clubs.

A special thanks for a fantastic effort from all the volunteers in ensuring another successful Glenpark event which saw a record turnout of 112 runners.

1 Callum Hunter M IAC 4.23
2 Adam Hay M 16 IAC 4.27
3 John Bell M IAC 4.27
4 Cameron Watson M 16 IAC 4.30
5 Shaun Lyon M GGH 4.32
6 Mathew MacKinnon M 18 IAC 4.35
7 Daniel Doherty M GGH 4.40
8 Graeme Hyett M IAC 4.40
9 Sean Gaffney M IAC 4.42
10 Michael Healey M U/A 4.44
11 Stuart Kerr M KILB 4.46
12 Kevin O’Donoghue M GGH 4.48
13 Harry McGill M 14 GGH 4.51
14 Andrew White M 40 GGH 4.51
15 Joshua Ruddy M 17 GGH 4.54
16 Shelby Morrison F 17 IAC 4.55
17 Steven Campbell M 40 GGH 4.56
18 Elspeth Curran F KILB 4.56
19 Dylan Crawford M 15 IAC 4.56
20 Jason Kane M IAC 4.57
21 Paul Monaghan M 40 GGH 4.57
22 Ryan Waldron M KILB 5.03
23 Evan Carrick M KILB 5.04
24 Andrew Winter M 14 IAC 5.04
25 Gordon Hepburn M GGH 5.05
26 Michael McLoone M 50 GGH 5.09
27 Ryan Brown M 16 GGH 5.09
28 Ewan Ferguson M 14 GGH 5.11
29 Stephen Hanley M GGH 5.15
30 James McFadden M 40 IAC 5.17
31 Steven Watson M GGH 5.18
32 Rachel Bushfield F IAC 5.18
33 Chris Watson M GGH 5.21
34 Graham McGrattan M 60 GGH 5.23
35 Scott Meechan M 14 GGH 5.26
36 Fiona Ramsay F U/A 5.27
37 Robert Dolan M 40 GGH 5.28
38 Paul Beaton M 40 GGH 5.30
39 Claire Thompson F 40 VPCG 5.33
40 George McCallum M 40 GGH 5.35
41 Stuart Austin M 40 GGH 5.36
42 Cameron Patton M 12 GGH 5.38
43 Mick Dunn M 60 GGH 5.39
44 Robin McAuslan M 50 GGH 5.41
45 Jude Dolan M 11 GGH 5.43
46 Gavin Highgate M 40 KILB 5.43
47 Gerard Cooke M IAC 5.45
48 Alan O’Rourke M 40 GGH 5.45
49 Tony Quinn M 60 CARTHA 5.46
50 Stephen Reid M 40 GGH 5.48
51 David McCorkindale M 40 GGH 5.48
52 Marion Monk F 40 GGH 5.53
53 Abi Hammerman F 13 IAC 5.54
54 Sue Hewitson F 40 GGH 6.03
55 Sean McFarlane M 40 GGH 6.11
56 Lynne Lesley F GGH 6.15
57 Ian Hanley M GGH 6.19
58 Colin Campbell M 60 GGH 6.20
59 Shaun Wiseman M 12 GGH 6.21
60 Gerry Gillespie M 40 GGH 6.24
61 Aiden McElwee M 10 GGH 6.25
62 Ruby McGill F 11 GGH 6.26
63 Anna Docherty F 13 GGH 6.28
64 Jack Hay M 10 GGH 6.28
65 Alex Wiseman M 11 GGH 6.33
66 Cameron Crawford M 8 GGH 6.34
67 Ross Morrison M U/A 6.35
68 Kirsty Ormond F GGH 6.36
69 Marianne McKay F 40 GGH 6.37
70 Alison Murray F 6.38
71 Ava Beaton F 10 GGH 6.39
72 Alex Patterson M 50 GGH 6.39
73 Katie Johnson F 11 GGH 6.40
74 Alyshia Singleton F 13 GGH 6.42
75 Orla McGeehan F 12 IAC 6.45
76 Hannah Thompson F 11 IAC 6.45
77 Oliver Curry M 14 GGH 6.46
78 David Benstead M 40 GGH 6.46
79 Phillip McGeehan M 10 IAC 6.53
80 Maria McCabe F 9 GGH 6.54
81 Lorna Coyle F 50 GGH 6.55
82 Ewan Johnson M 9 GGH 6.57
83 Fiona McFarlane F 35 GGH 7.01
84 John Carruthers M 40 GGH 7.02
85 Mhairi Moore F 14 GGH 7.07
86 Gregory Hay M 8 GGH 7.08
87 Jack Singleton M 10 GGH 7.09
88 Struan Robertson M 10 GGH 7.10
89 Claire Monaghan F 35 GGH 7.10
90 Graeme Crawford M 40 GGH 7.11
91 Patrick McCabe M 7 GGH 7.16
92 Mathew McGeehan M 12 GGH 7.24
93 Fraser McLaughlin M 14 GGH 7.40
94 David Carruthers M 40 GGH 7.43
95 Romina Scott F 35 GGH 7.45
96 Casy Trainer F 8 GGH 7.54
97 Rachel Hurrell F 13 GGH 7.54
98 Erin McEleny F 8 GGH 7.56
99 Finlay Hurrell M 8 GGH 7.59
100 Ashlin Monaghan F 9 GGH 8.26
101 Emily Hurrell F 10 GGH 8.27
102 Helena Nugent F 8 GGH 8.28
103 Eddie Devine M 70 GGH 8.28
104 Abigail Crawford F 11 GGH 8.30
105 Olivia Trainer F 13 GGH 8.31
106 Nathan McCorkindale M 8 GGH 8.32
107 Leah Knox F 9 GGH 8.33
108 Ruari Trainer M 7 GGH 9.23
109 Luke Nixon M 10 GGH 9.25
110 Lewis Scott M 8 GGH 9.26
111 Lewis McGowan M 7 GGH 9.54
112 Aimee McEleney F 5 GGH 10.45

Edinburgh Marathon 28th May 2017

John Stevenson went out quickly from the start, passing ½ way in just 85 minutes, but he was to pay the price, slowing badly in the latter stages, but he still managed to complete the course in 3:14hours. Team mates Donna Clark in her debut marathon finished in 4:11, and Eileen Stevenson and Natalie Smith both crossed the line in 5:05

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Donna enjoys a pre-race Irn-Bru

Perth, Australia ½ Marathon, 28th May 2017

It was a solid performance from David Roberts for the furthest travelled Glenparker this weekend, and he was pleased with his 91.06.

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Shettleston 10k,  28th May 2017

Another good turnout from the Harriers at the Babcock 10k race series. Andrew White maintained his excellent run of form finishing 4th Vet40, finishing 1 place ahead of Paul Monaghan. Run of the day however came from Graham McGrattan who was top over 60, two minutes clear of the 2nd place runner. Lynsey Mooney and Viki Smith also ran well with both finishing in the top half of the ladies race.

Results: Andrew White 34.49, Paul Monaghan 35.21,  Andrew Osborne 36.19, Steven Watson 38.02, Graham McGrattan 39.37, George McCallum 41.03, Stephen Hanley 41.43, Stuart Austin 42.46 Stephen Reid 43.47, David Rafferty 44.01, Lynsey  Mooney 50.37, Viki Smith 51.42,  David Carruthers 51.52, David Benstead 53.21,  John Carruthers 53.50 .

MOK 10k & ½ Marathon 28th May 2017

Following on from the great junior performances Robert Dolan finished 7th in the ½ Marathon in 1:26:59, and 2nd in the veteran category. Robert’s experience shone through with a very steady start he moved through the field from 30th place in the early stages for an excellent top 10 finish. In the 10k Lorna Coyle was 1st V50 and 6th Lady overall in 45.51, and Liz McAuslan 57.36.

MOK Junior Run 27th May 2017

Jude Dolan and Cameron Patton were in fine form at the Mull of Kintyre junior races. Jude topped the podium in the 1km race while Cameron placed 3rd over 2km.

3k in the Green 26th May 2017

On a warm sunny day on Glasgow Green Andrew White claimed the victory in 9.43 in an exciting finish just ahead of Shettleston’s Peter Mackie. Andrew McCall made it into the top 10 in 10.21.  And finally Emma O’Rourke was mid-way up the field in 12.26.

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Andrew races clear to Victory

Stirling Marathon 21st May 2017

There were some good results from the Harriers at a very hilly Stirling Marathon. Starting west of the city at Blair Drummond Safari Park, the route wound its way through the Stirlingshire countryside and passed Doune Castle, the National Wallace Monument and Bridge of Allan before completing a circuit of the City Centre and finally finishing beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle.

Shaun Lyon the leading harrier, made a very strong start going through half way in just under 75 minutes and still in the top ten with less than ¼ distance to go, but unfortunately he tired badly slipping back in the field.

Shaun Lyon 2:52:33, Daniel Doherty 2:59:02, Ross Neilson 3:12:02, Kevin O’Donoghue 3:28:59, Susan slater 3:42:40, Emma O’Rourke 3:42:56, Fiona Cushnaghan 4:11:40, Viki Smith 4:23:04, Lucas Bezian 4:35:00

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Shaun Lyon

#158 PARKRUN  20th May 2017

Greenock parkrun number 158 marked the event’s 3rd birthday and appropriately enough 33 Harriers turned up to join the celebrations. Andrew White was first back for the club with his best time at Greenock parkrun for 11 months. Man of the moment John Stevenson continues to impress and with one week to go before he runs Edinburgh Marathon he finally smashed through the 18 minute barrier to record a new best for the distance of 17.58. Next in for the club was Steven Watson who equalled his best time for the distance on his 100th parkrun. Another milestone runner was Kenny Scott who was delighted to be completing his 50th parkrun.  Other notable performances came from Stuart Austin who took 13 seconds off his previous best time and young Cameron Crawford who beat the personal best he ran only last Saturday by a whopping 22 seconds.

Results: Andrew WHITE 16:54, John STEVENSON 17:58 , Steven WATSON 18:18 , Graham MCGRATTAN 19:03, George MCCALLUM 19:21, Alan OROURKE  19:22, Christopher WATSON 19:40, Stephen HANLEY 20:01, Stuart AUSTIN  20:02, Stewart ANDERSON 20:17, David NESS 20:20, Daniel MCLAUGHLIN 20:44, Robin MCAUSLAN 21:34, Lorna COYLE 22:41, Rhonda WHITE 23:35, Stephen REID 23:44, Ashley ANDERSON 24:04, Lynsey MOONEY 24:05, Kenneth SCOTT 24:19, David CARRUTHERS 25:18, David BENSTEAD 25:55, Sue HEWITSON 26:09, Eileen STEVENSON 26:13, Cameron CRAWFORD 27:21, Wenda CRAWFORD 27:53, Simon HUTTON 28:26, Angeline AUSTIN 28:49 , Fiona ODONNELL 30:51, Emma BENSTEAD 30:55, Erin MCELENY 33:09, Abbigael CRAWFORD 33:12, Marianne MCKAY 33:28, Richard HODELET 35:15

Harriers Dominate at Greenock parkrun #157 – 13th May 2017

This week the first runner back was our very own Andrew White with a time of 17.22. Andrew was closely followed in 2nd place by Daniel Doherty at 17.29. Damp and blustery conditions meant that there were no PBs this week. However there were notable performances from Stuart Austin who was only 15 seconds off his best for the course; running his fastest  time this year and Lynsey Mooney who was only 7 seconds off her best with an excellent time of 24.03. Next week is Greenock parkrun’s 3rd birthday and it would be great to see plenty of Harriers there. There will be loads of cake so get yourself along to the Esplanade for a 9.30 start. For more info on how to get involved as a runner or a volunteer go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/

Andrew WHITE 17:22 Daniel DOHERTY 17:29 John STEVENSON 18:26 Stephen HANLEY 19:07 Brian MCCLUSKEY 19:44 George MCCALLUM 19:47 Sue HEWITSON 20:26 Stuart AUSTIN 20:30 David NESS 20:41 Graham MCGRATTAN 21:18 David BENSTEAD 23:46 Alex PATERSON 23:48 Lynsey MOONEY 24:03 Stephen REID 24:59 Kenneth SCOTT 25:06 John CARRUTHERS 25:12 Romina SCOTT 26:44 Eileen STEVENSON 26:46 Richard HODELET 31:18 Erin MCELENY 31:41 Marianne MCKAY 33:10 Gill GILMOUR 34:17 Angeline AUSTIN 35:40

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Andrew White & Daniel Doherty clear in 1st and 2nd place.

West District T&F Championships 12th & 13th May 2017

GGH Juniors Give their Best at West

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Scottish Athletics – West District Championships 2017(C)Bobby Gavin

 

Greenock Glenpark Harriers had 6 juniors competing on Friday at the Ayrshire Arena in Kilmarnock on day 1 of the West District Track & Field Championships.

In the 1500m heats Harry McGill comfortably progressed to the final where he battled to 6th.  While Ewan Ferguson showed the biggest improvement on the night knocking off 24 seconds from his time at the same event 12months ago. Ryan Brown was into a straight final in the under 17s cutting 9 seconds from his best to finish 13th. On this strong showing he will undoubtedly start producing the results his hard work deserves. The only disappointment of the night was from Cameron Patton in the under 13s final. He was well placed with the main pack after 1 lap, but a severe cramp put paid to his hopes.

Mia Forrest and Beth McKenna had dropped down to the shorter distance for these championships and both posted quick times, with Mia finishing 7th in the final and Beth 6th in her heat.

On the Saturday the weather had changed drastically to cold and windy and overcast with heavy rain showers.

Returning after the previous evening’s exertions were Ryan Brown who was competing in the 800m, Mia Forrest in the 100m dash, and Beth McKenna taking on the tough 300m.

Despite their misgivings over the weather, it didn’t stop all 3 producing sterling performances. Ryan was first up and shattered his personal best over two laps of the track by 6 seconds. Mia in her first year as an U20, and also her first official 100m, stayed in contention throughout to finish 10th quickest out of the 2 heats. And finally after what seemed like a never ending wait, it was Beth’s turn to take to the track. She flew down the back straight and round the bend, but after 150m she hit a wall of wind but she kept her form and powered home to knock 1 second off her best.

1500m U13: Cameron Patton 5.20, U15: Harry McGill 4.42/4.40, Ewan Ferguson 4.57, U17: Ryan Brown 4.49

200m U20:Mia Forrest  27.23, U17:Beth McKenna 28.66

800m U17: Ryan Brown 2:20

100m U20: Mia Forrest 14.34

300m U17:Beth McKenna 46.43

Great Welsh ½ Marathon  Llanelli 7th May 2017

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Emma  in action last year

Emma Baxter came so close to victory at the Great Welsh ½ Marathon with a time of 88.56 minutes. She had been holding a narrow lead for just over 10miles over Celia Boothman, but the experienced triathlete just had the greater strength over the final 3 miles to move past Emma to win by just 7 seconds. It was a tremendous performance from a delighted Emma who finished 12th overall, and was just outside her best for the distance.

Vancover Marathon 7th May 2017

Boyd McKenzie travelled to Vancouver British Columbia to compete in the city marathon. The scenic course took him past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s Seawall – the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Boyd completed the course in 4hours 21minutes.

2017 Gryffe Valley 10K  7th May 2017

Houston10k PaulMonaghan 2017Following his 2nd place at Dunoon Paul Monaghan  was in action once again the following day.. After leading from the start Paul was the winner for the second year running in 35m 45s. More than 100 runners took part in the 2017 event in glorious sunshine.

Willie Jukes Road Races 6th May 2017

Shaun & Marian Win in the Sun

The sun shone for Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willie Jukes Road Races, which saw another amazing turnout at the club’s away day to Dunoon. There were 42 juniors and 46 seniors competing over the distances 100m, 200m and 5miles with dozens more supporting the event, held in memory of the Harriers former vice President.

Shaun Lyons lived up to his pre-race favourite tag by immediately taking the lead as the large field headed towards the turning point at Inellan. He was followed by the trio of on-form marathon runners Paul Monaghan, Steven Campbell and Andrew White. Shaun was to hold on comfortably from Paul who had also managed to break away from the chasing group. It was an extremely close finish for 3rd with just a couple of seconds separating Steven, Andrew and a strong finishing Daniel Doherty who had closed the gap.

Marian Monk was to prove the strongest in the women’s race crossing the line 200metres clear of Emma O’Rourke with Lorna Coyle following closely. In a tight handicap competition Lorna Coyle claimed the Kirkwood trophy ahead of Paul Beaton.

The youngsters got the day under way with 7 heats of 200m in the sunshine along the West Bay promenade as a warm up to their 1mile race. In the mile Harry McGill and Ryan Brown were neck and neck as they battled to the finish, with Harry just edging it on the line. Scott Meechan took the 3rd spot ahead of Ewan Ferguson who is quickly returning to full fitness after injury. The girls were very well matched with only 18 seconds separating the first five girls. Alyshia Singleton took the honours ahead of an impressive Maria McCabe in 2nd and third placed Mhairi Moore.

Mia Forrest and Beth McKenna were in fine form in preparation for next week’s West District track championships, with both posting very quick times in the 100m and 200m sprints.

The Harriers would like to thank the staff at Riverside Leisure centre for use of their facility, the staff at Sinbads for post-race refreshments, the Argyll Ferry staff and to the Jukes family for all their help in organising the day.

5mile Race: Shaun Lyon 27.22 (26.52), Paul Monaghan 28.05 (25.50), Steven Campbell 28.24(26.09), Andrew White 28.25(25.55), Daniel Doherty 28.26(25.56), Andrew Osborne 30.15(27.30), Steven Watson 30.47(26.17), Robert Dolan 31.31(27.01), Shaun Marshall 31.53(26.23), Chris Jones 31.55(26.25), Alan O’Rourke 32.15(25.45), Graham McGrattan 32.16(26.16), Stephen Hanley 32.49(26.49) Paul Beaton 32.51(25.21), Ross Neilson 32.55(26.25), David McCorkindale 33.00(29.00), Chris Watson 33.13(27.43), Danny McLaughlin 33.45(27.45), Mick Dunn 33.53(27.23), Robert Adams  4.21(28.51), Stuart Anderson 34.25(27.55), David Ness 34.39(26.39),  Stuart Austin 34.39(25.39), Marian Monk 35.28(25.58), Stephen Reid 35.32(26.32), Alex Osborne 36.14 , Emma O’Rourke 36.15(26.45), Lorna Coyle 36.30(25.00), Gerry Gillespie 37.39(26.09), Colin Campbell 38.02(28.32), Marianne McKay  38.06(26.06), Lisa Ruddy 38.49(28.19), Jim Cuffe 39.06(29.06), Sam Way 40.34, Nicola Stevenson 40.43(26.43), Lyndsay Mooney 40.46(26.16), Sarah Whalen 41.23, Davy Carruthers 42.01(25.31), Lucas Bezian 42.40(28.40), Graeme Crawford 43.05(25.35), Claire Monaghan 44.00(25.30), Kirstin Arthur 46.57(29.27), Wenda Crawford 49.16(28.46), Eddie Devine 52.31(30.01), Catheryn Shinsheimer 52.31, Brid McGahan 60.26.

1mile race: Harry McGill 5.32, Ryan Brown 5.32, Scott Meechan 5.39, Ewan Ferguson 5.41, Jude Dolan 6.22, Shaun Wiseman 6.40, Alex Wiseman 6.58, Alyshia Singleton 6.59, Aden McElwee 7.04, Maria McCabe 7.08, Mhairi Moore 7.08, Ava Beaton 7.12, Katie Johnson 7.17, Ewan Johnson 7.30, Patrick McCabe 7.32, Teylon Henderson 7.44, Cameron Crawford 7.45, Sky Arthur 7.47, Erin McEleny 8.01, Casey Trainer 8.06, Lewis Scott 8.25, Nathan McCorkindale 8.47, Leo Beaton 9.02, Oliver Jones  9.04,Ruby Miller 9.08, Luke Nixon 9.09, Leah Knox 9.38, Ashlin Monaghan 9.56, Charlotte Jones 9.57, Heather Neilson 10.20, Abigail Crawford 10.21

100m: Mia Forrest 12.9, Beth McKenna 13.7

Winners of 200m races:  Heat1– Aimee McEleny 49.7, Heat2- Leah Knox 35.7, Heat3- Cameron Crawford 38.4, Heat4- Katie Johnson 31.5, Heat5- Teyla Henderson 36.7, Heat6- Ryan Brown 31.7 Heat7- Mia Forrest 26.6, Beth McKenna 27.9

Parkrun #156  – 6th May 2017

With the big day out in Dunoon for the Willie Jukes the number of Harriers completing Greenock parkrun was down on previous weeks. Still, a respectable 14 members turned up on the Esplanade for the 9.30 start. First back for the club was John Stevenson. John’s training for the Edinburgh marathon seems to be having benefits over the shorter distances and this was shown by a fantastic 5k pb of 18.08. Other performances of note came from John McKee who ran a time of 23.14 in only his second parkrun and Cheryl Thomas who was within 30 seconds of her course best.

 John STEVENSON 18:08, Christopher WATSON 20:35, Sue HEWITSON 20:57, John MCKEE, 23:14, David BENSTEAD 23:23, Cheryl THOMAS   24:13, Alan OROURKE 24:19, Stephen REID 26:30, Angeline AUSTIN28:28, Emma BENSTEAD 29:01, Romina SCOTT 29:12, Gill GILMOUR 29:44, Richard HODELET 31:47, Fiona ODONNELL  31:48

Dumbarton 10k 11th May 2017

Andrew White 35.13, Daniel Doherty 35.21, Paul Monaghan 35.30, Steven Watson 38.13, Andrew Osborne 39.18, Stephen Hanley 40.00, Graham McGrattan 41.10, David Rafferty 44.07, Stephen Reid 44.56, Lorna Coyle 45.21, Stuart Austin 45.23, Marianne McKay 48.04, Craig Melrose 52.22, John Carruthers 52.59, Emma Benstead 61.16

Helensburgh 10k 4th May 2017

Paul Monaghan 35.01 (1st V40), Andrew White 35.07 (2nd V40), Andrew Osborne 35.41, Steven Watson 37.54, Stephen Hanley 39.41, Graham McGrattan 39.53 (2nd V60), Stephen Reid 43.44, David Rafferty 43.47, Donna Clark 45.30, David Benstead 47.50, Craig Melrose 51.59 John Carruthers 54.02

Highland Fling 29th April 2017

Well done to the GGH women (Sue Hewitson, Lorna Coyle, Marian Monk and Lisa Ruddy) at the Highland Fling  relay where they placed 3rd ladies team (12th overall in a time of 8.37.58). Also to Kevin McGill completing the full course in 12 hours 51 minutes, this coming  less than one week after his London Marathon.

Capital Show from Harriers 23rd April 2007

4 Glenpark Harriers headed south last weekend for the 37th Virgin Money London Marathon and it was success all round with all 4 achieving personal bests over the distance.

First back for the club was Mark Vance in what was his first sub 3 hour marathon. Mark also achieved the qualifying standard for next year’s race, said the atmosphere was electric and he was very happy with his PB.

Robert Dolan, running his 14th London Marathon, was next to finish broke the 3 hour mark for the 2nd time. Mark and Robert who had trained together for 16 weeks leading up to this, and despite being only 8 seconds apart at the finish, incredibly did not see each other at all during the race.

Kevin Gill ran a solid race only slowing slightly over the last 10k, to miss out on his sub 3.20 target.

Gordon Hepburn made a solid start but suffered stomach cramp from Mile 15 which hindered him badly, but to his credit he still managed to run a 7 minute PB.

Results: Mark Vance 2.57.40, Robert Dolan 2.57.48, Kevin Gill 3.23.57, Gordon Hepburn 3.24.30

KAIM HILL RACE 19/4/17

Well done to Mick Dunn who was the first Harrier home at the Kaim Hill race at Fairlie. The experienced hill runner was also 1st in the over 60 category and 20th overall from a field of just under a hundred. Behind him came junior boys Ryan, Harry and Peter who ran the race together. The 2 Stephen’s and Marianne all making their debut at hill running performed well over the short rough course, especially Marianne who finished 7th woman.

Results: Mick Dunn 35.32, (Ryan Brown, Harry McGill, Peter Bradshaw 37.31), Stephen Hanley 38.11, Stephen Reid 44.25, Marianne McKay 45.0118034218_10208977812618708_2802264179338841655_n

Greenock Parkrun #153

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Conditions on the Esplanade meant it was slim pickings for any of the 32 Harriers looking to run best times at the 153rd Greenock parkrun. A strong head wind faced runners as they struggled to make progress towards the boat club and this proved enough to snuff out any hopes of record performances. Despite the wind six of our runners made up the top seven places with Stevie Campbell back home first for the club. There was also a tough battle further down the field with Stephen Hanley, Graham McGrattan, Chris Watson and Stuart Austin all finishing within 4 seconds of each other.  Chris and Graham had a particularly close run in with the older of the pair using his experience and his elbows to secure his place in the finishing funnel. There were some sterling performances from our ladies, with Emma O’Rourke, Marianne McKay and Sue Hewitson coming in as 1st, 2nd and 3rd female respectively. It was also a good day for Nicola Stevenson who ran her 50th parkrun and who no doubt will be sporting her free shiny red milestone t shirt very soon.  Nicola has ran 41 of her parkruns at Greenock and has managed to take almost 5 minutes of her time since her first appearance in December 2014.

RESULTS: Steven CAMPBELL 17:32, Paul MONAGHAN 17:39, Andrew WHITE 17:42, Andrew OSBORNE 17:49, Michael MCLOONE 17:51,  Mark VANCE  18:43 ,  John STEVENSON 18:50, Steven WATSON 19:33, Brian MCCLUSKEY 19:49, Stewart ANDERSON  20:23,  Kevin GILL 20:51,  Stephen HANLEY 21:21, Graham MCGRATTAN 21:22, Christopher WATSON 21:23, Stuart AUSTIN 21:25 , Jude DOLAN 21:29, Robin MCAUSLAN 21:41, Stephen REID 22:19, Gerry GILLESPIE 23:16, Emma O’ROURKE 23:23, Marianne MCKAY 23:26, Sue HEWITSON 23:27, Nicola STEVENSON 24:38, Kenneth SCOTT  25:28, Jim CUFFE 26:06, Eileen STEVENSON 27:46, Emma BENSTEAD 29:50, Romina SCOTT 30:15,  Angeline AUSTIN 30:16, Gill GILMOUR 30:16,  Fiona ODONNELL 33:18, Erin MCELENY 37:11

Ravenscraig – Time Trial #1, 13th April 2017

The first time trial of the season took place at Ravenscraig stadium on a cold and blustery night, with 13 juniors and just the 2 seniors lining up.

Performance of the night came from Ryan Brown with 2 big PBs in both distances.  In a strong display of front running, he was well clear of the rest of the field, to take 6 seconds from his 1500m, then 20 minutes later, he went out more aggressively in the 800 reducing his best time by 7 seconds. Another showing a big improvement was Mhairi Moore going 20 seconds quicker than last season. Under 11 youngsters Aiden McElwee and Katie Johnson showed yet again that they will be ones to watch, as they pushed their older club mates close.

800M: Ryan Brown 2.26, Jude Dolan 2.43, Aidan McElwee 3.08, Mhairi Moore 3.10, Shaun Wiseman 3.13, Katie Johnson 3.19,  Gerry Gillespie 3.21, Marianne McKay 3.22, Alex Wiseman 3.32, Ewan Johnson 3.40, Zara Mangan 3.49, Erin McEleny 4.00, Heather Neilson 4.07, Mark Donnachie 4.07 (400M), Madeline McCabe 4.15.

1500M: Ryan Brown 4.59, Marianne McKay 6.28, Gerry Gillespie 6.28,

Greenock parkrun #152

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Club Legend Jim Sheridan

Of the 99 runners who completed Greenock parkrun on Saturday a whopping 32 were Harriers. It was also Harriers who claimed all of the top six places.  Paul Monaghan was first across the line, closely followed by Andrew Osborne who managed to shave one second off his previous best for the course.  Amongst the leading pack there was also a best time for Gordon Hepburn who crossed the line in an impressive 18.26.  Other Harriers taking advantage of the good conditions to duck below their previous best times were Derrick MacNish who ran a seven second best, David Beanstead who went 27 seconds quicker and Gerry Gillespie who smashed his pb by 64 seconds. Junior members Cameron and Abbigael Crawford took 17 and 10 seconds of their times respectively and as good a showing as it was from the brother and sister duo both were soundly outdone by their Dad Graeme who slashed his previous best by a remarkable 52 seconds; his third pb in as many weeks. This week also saw Angeline Austin and Gill Gilmour run their milstone 100th parkrun. A fantastic achievement from two Harriers who have consistently ran at parkrun since it started in 2014. Finally, it was great to see Jim Sheridan on the esplanade doing his first parkrun since 2015 and looking like he’d never been away.

Paul MONAGHAN 17:12, Andrew OSBORNE17:26, Andrew WHITE 17:31, Mark VANCE 18:05, John STEVENSON 18:18, Gordon HEPBURN 18:26 , George MCCALLUM 19:42, Derrick MACNISH 19:49, Sue HEWITSON 20:11, Robin MCAUSLAN 20:48 , Steven SMITH 21:37 , Graham MCGRATTAN 21:56, Gerry GILLESPIE 21:57, David BENSTEAD 22:31, Lorna COYLE 22:46 , Jim CUFFE 23:21 , Alex PATERSON 23:46, Rhonda WHITE  24:19 , Graaeme CRAWFORD 24:35, Romina SCOTT   25:58 , Angeline AUSTIN 26:36 , Erin MCELENY 27:25, Marianne MCKAY 27:28, Cameron CRAWFORD 27:43, Wenda CRAWFORD 28:01, Eddie DEVINE 28:56, Nathalie SMITH 29:38, Gill GILMOUR 30:00 , Richard HODELET 30:17 , Eileen STEVENSON 30:26, Abbigael CRAWFORD 31:18 , Fiona ODONNELL 31:19 , Jim SHERIDAN   51:35

2nd April 2017 – Manchester Marathon /Bratislav ½ M /Tom Scott 10Mile

It was Super Stamina Sunday as 11 Greenock Glenpark Harriers stepped up in distance to compete around the UK and Europe.

The most notable performances came at the Manchester Marathon, where the Harriers veteran men were in outstanding form.

Leading them home was Paul Monaghan who produced a top quality run with an astonishing 7 minute personal best.  His 2nd place in the over 45’s was the fastest by a Scotsman in this category in over 12months. Paul hit the mid-point in 76 minutes, just over a minute slower than his best for a ½M. With extra winter training behind him he was able to maintain his effort, only slowing slightly, to finish in 2.39.18 hours and 37th overall in a field of almost 20,000.

Steven Campbell also started strongly, still close behind Paul at half way in 78 minutes. Despite fading in the closing stages Steven too recorded a personal best of 2.46.27 to place 16th in the over 40s category.

Andrew White, becoming more experienced over the distance, produced another well judged run to cross the line 11th in the over 45’s in 2.49.30, very close to his best.

Kirsty Ormond on her debut at the distance, completed the 26.2 miles in a very satisfactory 3.56.02

Ian Hanley had started confidently, and was on schedule to beat his target of 4 hours at half way. Unfortunately a knee injury slowed him considerably, eventually doing well just to get round the course in 4.43.15

Furthest travelled was John Stevenson who went to the Slovakian Capital Bratislava, completing the ½ Marathon with a respectable 1.26.03.

Closer to home at Strathclyde Park in the Tom Scott 10mile road race, Michael McLoone was top Harrier in (58.53 – 2nd O50), closely followed by  Daniel Doherty (59.49). Graham McGrattan (66.11) and Mick Dunn (68.21) were in the leading group in an extremely strong over 60s category, the pair finishing 5th and 7th respectively. In the shorter route Steven Watson was 7th in the “Round the Loch 6km” (23.16).

Greenock Glenpark Harriers – Docherty Cup 25/03/17

Docherty Winners

Emma Baxter, Shaun Lyon, Stewart McCartney, and Fiona Cushnaghan

Shaun Lyon put himself in a commanding position in this season’s Greenock Glenpark Harriers club championship when he won the Docherty Cup, to give him his 3rd win in his 4 races. A strong run over the 10 miles from Gourock to Inverkip and back, saw him take the prize 2 minutes clear of veteran Internationalist Paul Monaghan. Andrew White was the only other to dip under the hour mark in the warm conditions.

Fiona Cushnaghan was the clear winner of the Handicap to win the Connie Gavin trophy. First away in the staggered start, she maintained her lead despite the efforts of the 35 athletes chasing her down, with the closest to catching her being Paul Monaghan.

Emma Baxter had to be at her best to beat the challenge of Sue Hewitson as both runners smashed the previous best women’s time for the course by 6 minutes.  It was impressive performances from both athletes with Emma and Sue finishing 10th and 11th overall.

Those showing the biggest improvements on last year’s times were John Stevenson, Marian Monk and Stephen Hanley all improving their bests by 5 minutes.

In the junior events beforehand Harry McGill and Ryan Brown were together throughout, but with 300metres to go Harry managed to ease away. The pair were followed closely by Ewan Ferguson, with all three boys recording big personal bests for the course. A very close girls’ race saw Amelia Vance snatch victory from Anna Docherty on the line, with Ruby McGill a few strides behind.

Over 1 lap of the promenade Beth McKenna was first girl clear of Mia Forrest, and with a fantastic run Katie Johnson took 3rd.  Aiden McElwee had a promising debut for the Harriers winning the boys‘ race from Cameron Crawford and Gregory Hay.

The bright sunshine at Gourock river front at Ashton, brought out a record turnout with 63 competitors in 3 very competitive races; and for making the event run smoothly the Harriers would like to thank all the volunteers and Stewart McCartney and the staff at the Spinnaker Hotel for their continued race sponsorship and excellent hospitality.

Senior 10 mile (Handicap time in brackets): Shaun Lyon 54.52 (89.52), Paul Monaghan 56.54 (87.54), Andrew White 59.52 (88.52), Daniel Doherty 60.37 (91.37), Robert Dolan 62.16 (89.16), John Stevenson 62.38 (88.38), Sean Marshall 63.21 (89.21), Graham McGrattan 66.16 (89.16), Steven Campbell 66.31 (89.31), Emma Baxter 66.51 (88.51), Sue Hewitson 67.28 (88.58), Stephen Hanley 67.30 (89.30), Alan O’Rourke 68.23 (90.23), Stewart Anderson 69.15 (90.15), Richard Davidson 69.49 (89.49), Mick Dunn 70.23 (91.53), David Ness 71.46 (91.46), Stuart Austin 71.51 (88.51), Paul Symington 73.39 (94.39), Marian Monk 73.59 (89.59), Robin McAuslan 75.04 (91.04), Colin Campbell 75.07 (91.07), Chris Harron 76.20 (89.20), George McCallum 76.22 (98.22), Marianne McKay 77.59 (90.59), Duncan McDonald 78.32 (91.32), Nicola Stevenson 80.15 (89.15), Ian Hanley 80.58 (91.58), Viki Smith 83.14 (90.14), Fiona Cushnaghan 85.34 (85.34), Gerry Gillespie 87.05 (94.05), Angeline Austin  89.04 (91.04), Lucas Bezian 89.22 (96.22), Simon Hutton 90.29 (94.29), Graham Crawford 96.28 (98.28), Paul Hegarty 123.34 (124.34),

Junior 2500m(1st lap in brackets): Harry McGill 8.49, (4.17), Ryan Brown 8.53, (4.17), Ewan Ferguson 9.06, (4.22), Cameron Patton 9.42, (4.37), Jude Dolan 10.02, (4.46), Amelia Vance 11.05, (5.12), Anna Docherty 11.06, (5.11), Ruby McGill 11.08, (5.12), Alyshia Singleton 12.22, (5.40), Mhairi Moore 12.23, (5.40), Rebecca Ross 12.25, (5.48)

Junior 1200m: Beth McKenna 4.41, Aiden McElwee 4.58, Cameron Crawford 5.14, Mia Forrest 5.15, Katie Johnson 5.16, Gregory Hay 5.17, Sophie McLaughlin 5.18, Ewan Johnson 5.23, Maria McCabe 5.33, Finn McLaren 5.44, Patrick McCabe 5.44, Erin McEleny 5.46, Ashlin Monaghan 5.55, Abigail Crawford 5.49 Josh Docherty 5.51, Newton Robertson 7.09

National RR Championships, Greenock  – 18/03/17

 

There were great performances all round from Greenock Glenpark Harriers junior athletes at the National Road Race Championships at the Battery Park. The highlights coming from the boys with the 6th place for the Under 15s and 8th for the Under 13s; the youngsters being rewarded for their hard work in training.

It was Cameron Patton that led the under 13s to 8th in the team competition, with Harry McGill leading the u15s to 6th.

The girls didn’t disappoint either with Ameila Vance, Alyshia Singleton and Mhairi Moore, all competing in their first national competition, performing better than their coaches’ expectations.   Ryan Brown in his first year at under 17 came through strongly in the second half of the race, demonstrating his continuing improvement. He was closely followed by Joshua Ruddy another who has improved significantly over the last year.

2.5km: U13 Girls: Amelia Vance 11.12, Alyshia Singleton 11.15.

2.5km: U13 Boys 8th: Cameron Patton 9.05, Jude Dolan 9.48, Shaun Wiseman 10.15, Alex Wiseman 11.12

4.2km: U15 Girls: Mhairi Moore 21.17

4.2km: U15 Boys 6th: Harry McGill 15.35, Ewan Ferguson 15.40, Scott Meechan 16.33

4.9km: U17 Boys: Ryan Brown 18.06, Josh Ruddy 18.28

 

 March 2017 Race Round Up

11 Harriers took part in the Alloa ½ Marathon (19/3/17), Shaun Lyon was first home in 19th in 75.48. Mick Dunn continued his excellent run of form finishing 3rd over 60 in 92.00 minutes. In her debut at the distance Sue Hewitson was also outstanding, finishing 8th vet in 93.22. Other results were Mark Vance 82.38 (8min PB), Robert Dolan 86.34, Gordon Hepburn 90.20, Stephen Hanley 93.29 (PB), Kevin Gill 98.21, Steven Smith 100.04(PB), Donna Clark 102.25, and Nathalie Smith 134.56.

There was a massive personal best for Nicola Stevenson at the Inverness ½ Marathon (12/3/17) she knocked off 23 minutes to 1.53.57

At the Great North West ½ Marathon (19/2/17) Ian Hanley finished with a time of 1.47.37, a 5 minute personal best at a wet and windswept Blackpool.

In the Jack Crawford 10k (11/3/17) at Bishopbriggs Danny McLaughlin led the small Glenpark contingent, with a steady 39.08. Sue Hewitson was again impressive in 42.06. She was followed by Steven Smith 45.17, John Carruthers 54.54, and Nathalie Smith 55.46.

Marian Monk and Lisa Ruddy displayed early season form in their first Aquathon of the year at Glasgow University (12/3/17) the pair finished 10th & 16th respectively, with Marian claiming 1st veteran prize. Their times for the 800m swim/ transition/5km run:

Marian(12.44/0.36/23.55=37.16) Lisa (13.42/0.31/25.56=40.10)

TWO Greenock Glenpark Harriers won medals at the Scottish Athletics National Indoor Masters Championships in the 1,500 metres. (5/3/17) Paul Monaghan claimed bronze in the 45-plus age category, while Graham McGrattan won silver in the 60-plus age category. Paul’s time was 4:42 and Graham’s was 5:09. The event was held at the Emirates Arena and gave both athletes a rare outing on the indoor 200-metre track.

National XC Championships, Falkirk  – 25/02/17

Greenock Glenpark Harriers senior men were in outstanding form at the National cross country championships at Falkirk. In the ankle deep mud and hills around Callender Park they finished in 8th position in the team competition, in addition with two exceptional individual performances, Graham McGrattan and Mick Dunn claimed first and second place in the veteran 60 category.

The underfoot conditions for the men were challenging to say the least, as the course, already churned up by the 9 previous races, deteriorated further on each of the 3 laps as almost 700 runners pounded around the 10km course. Stephen Trainer almost back to his best was highest counter for the team in 30th, with Shaun Lyon and Steven Campbell both comfortably making the top 100. But with 6 to count good packing by Chris Mooney, Paul Monaghan and Daniel Doherty was required to ensure their top 10 finish.

This was an outstanding result for the Harriers, just behind local rivals Inverclyde AC, demonstrating the strength of distance running in the town with only the big city clubs in front.

In the ladies race, Marion Monk and Ashley Anderson were the only representatives, both performing well with Marian just ahead of Ashley who was making her debut over the country.

Best runs from the Juniors came from Peter Bradshaw who had a strong 2nd half of his race, and Ewan Ferguson closing down the gap on his team mates.

Results: U13s, 3.2km: Cameron Patton 13.01, Jude Dolan 13.10, Alex Wiseman 14.50, Ruby McGill 15.29, Anna Docherty 17.16. : U15s, 4.2km: Peter Bradshaw 14.37, Harry McGill 15.09, Ewan Ferguson 15.43. : U17s, 5.9km: Ryan Brown 26.14, Josh Ruddy 27.50

Seniors 10km: Stephen Trainer 37.58, Shaun Lyon 39.07, Steven Campbell 40.33, Chris Mooney 41.06, Paul Monghan 42.12, Daniel Doherty 43.18, Graham McGrattan 47.21, Mick Dunn 48.39, Stephen Hanley 51.10, Stephen Reid 52.42, Kevin Gill 53.19, Ian Hanley 60.28. Marion Monk 51.40, Ashley Anderson 51.51

*A big thanks to Robert Dolan and all the parents for help with the tent and all the support on the day.

                                       Senior Photographs (by Kenny Phillips)

                                        Junior Pictures (By Kenny Phillips & Jim Brown)

Willow Bowl Race 18/02/17

Lisa Ruddy was a convincing winner in the 35th running of Greenock Glenpark Harriers Willow Bowl race.

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Lisa Ruddy & Sue Hewitson with Chris Glen of the Willow Bar

Despite the testing conditions with strong winds and freezing rain showers blowing in to the faces of the athletes, it was another big turnout for the popular conceding handicap 7½ mile trail race around the Greenock Cut.

Lisa had hit the lead passing all 6 of the early starters after just 1.5 miles, leaving a long nervy 6 miles on her own knowing there would be 30 faster runners chasing her down.  Her closest challenge came from the much improved David Rafferty; he had given her an 8 minute head start but although passing 15 runners himself he could only close the gap on Lisa down to 2½ minutes, leaving her what was eventually a comfortable victory.

The handicappers did a fine job, as following David came a steady line of runners headed by Marian Monk, with the majority crossing the line within a few minutes of each other.

The Centenary Cup for the fastest scratch men’s time was won by Shaun Lyon with an excellent run to dip under 45 minutes. Chris Mooney ran well to push Paul Monaghan down to 3rd. While Sue Hewitson was quickest lady taking the Overton Cup, with Ashley Anderson edging Marian Monk close for the runners up spot.

Thanks to all the volunteers, timekeeping and marshalling, and to Chris Glen and The Willow Bar for their post-race refreshments and their continued sponsorship since 1983.

7.5mile Trail Race (scratch time in bracket): Lisa Ruddy 76.04(64.04), David Rafferty 78.36(58.36), Marian Monk 79.07(59.07), Donna Clark 79.18(62.18), Robert Dolan 79.25(51.25), Kevin Gill 79.27(59.27), Stephen Hanley 79.33(53.33), Chris Mooney 79.38(46.08), Shaun Lyon 79.43(44.43), Ashley Anderson 79.46(59.46), Sue Hewitson 79.57(55.57), Danny McLaughlin 80.08(53.08), John Stevenson 80.09(51.09), Paul Monaghan 80.32(47.02), Graham McGrattan 80.37(53.37), Daniel Doherty 80.42(47.12), Sean Marshall 80.49(51.49), Stuart Austin 80.51(58.51), Andrew McCall 80.52(49.52), Liz McAuslan 80.59(69.59), Mick Dunn 81.27(55.27), Steven Campbell 82.04(48.04), Andrew White 82.09(49.39), Simon Hutton 82.38(69.38), Angeline Austin 82.46(70.46), Stephen Reid 83.03(59.03), David Ness 83.18(58.18), Susan Clark 83.33(69.33), Chris Watson 84.11(55.11), Steven Watson 84.26(57.26), David Carruthers 84.36(72.36), Silke Loehndorf 86.20(75.20), Graeme Crawford 86.25(73.25), Paul Hegarty 86.41(75.41), Colin Campbell 87.04(63.04), Angela Magee 100.28(89.28), John Carruthers 100.29(88.29)

Scottish Veterans Road Relays, Strathclyde Park 22/01/17

The men’s A team produced a strong performance in the Scottish veterans 4 leg relay around Strathclyde Park. Over a distance of 3.5miles Steven Campbell recorded the team’s quickest time as he got the quartet off to a flyer finishing in 4th after the opening lap. Just 30 seconds separated the next 3 runners as Andrew White, Paul Monaghan, and finally Chris Mooney on the anchor leg brought the team home in 5th place.

Mick McLoone didn’t show any signs of rustiness after a long lay-off as he led after leg 1 in the over 50s team competition. And with Graham McGrattan, Danny McLaughlin and Mick Dunn in support they finished in a respectable 6th in their category.

Marian Monk was quickest of the Glenpark Women as the women’s A team, which included Lorna Coyle and Gillian Forrest, placed 15th. The B team were just 2 places behind with the best run coming from Marianne McKay.

Results: Steven Campbell 19.40, Chris Mooney 20.23, Paul Monaghan 20.36, Michael McLoone 20.48, Andrew White 20.53, John Stevenson 22.46, Graham McGrattan 22.53, Daniel McLaughlin 23.43, Michael Dunn 24.12, Michael Harrington 25.31, Marian Monk 26.23, Marianne McKay 27.25, Lorna Coyle 27.28, Donna Clark 27.47, Gillian Forrest 28.48, Nathalie Smith  32.07,

 

Harris Trophy Race Results 7/1/17 Coves Reservoir Greenock

wbsmith-trees-turfStephen Trainer returned from injury to win Greenock Glenpark‘s Harris Trophy race. He was dominant from the start putting over a minute between him and the chasing pack. Second place went to Bute farmer Shaun Lyon, another who has suffered a series of injuries, but he had to withstand a lot of pressure from veteran internationalist Steven Campbell who ran him close. Campbell had the satisfaction of recording a PB for the course.

Behind this trio there was fierce competition with positions being changed constantly over the 4 laps of the 1.5 mile trail around Coves reservoir. Chris Mooney breaking clear for 4th with the next 5 runners all crossing the line within a minute of each other.

Fastest lady was Lorna Coyle followed closely by Ashley Anderson and Marianne McKay, both with excellent debuts for the Orangefield club to take 2nd and 3rd.

In the handicap competition Colin Campbell was a clear winner from Graham McGrattan

It was a very close run affair in the youngest race with the under 11s all within 7 seconds. Ava Beaton was quickest with Patrick McCabe just a few strides behind. The under 13s ran alongside their Senior club mates, but only completing 1 or 2 laps. Cameron Patton and Harry McGill took top spots in their respective races.

The Harriers would like to thank Race sponsors Andy and Viki Smith of WH Smith Trees and Turf of Kilbarchan.

U11s – ½ mile: Ava Beaton 4.03, Patrick McCabe 4.05, Maria McCabe 4.06, Leah Knox 4.07, Ashlin Monaghan 4.11. U13s – 1 ½ mile: Cameron Patton 9.40, Ruby McGill 10.47, U15s – 3miles: Harry McGill 17.54, Ewan Ferguson 18.57, Scott Meechan 19.57

5.5mile Trail Race (Handicap time in bracket): Stephen Trainer 30.33 (30.33), Shaun Lyon 31.39 (30.39), Steven Campbell 31.43 (29.43), Chris Mooney 33.05 (31.05), Paul Monaghan 33.28 (30.58), Daniel Doherty 33.31 (31.01), Andrew Osborne 33.41 (30.41), Andrew White 34.01 (31.01), Andrew McCall 34.07 (31.07) Kevin O’Donoghue 34.29 (31.59), Stephen McLoone 34.45 (30.15), Gordon Hepburn 36.15 (29.150, Shaun Marshall 36.37 (31.07), Robert Dolan 36.43 (29.43), Danny McLaughlin 37.26 (30.26), Sam McVicar 37.31 (32.01), Graham McGrattan 37.44 (28.44), John Stevenson 38.13 (32.43), Chris Watson 38.22 (32.52), Alan O’Rourke 38.41 (30.41), Mick Dunn 38.52 (29.52), Stephen Hanley 38.55 (29.55), Chris Jones 39.09 (32.09), Joshua Ruddy 39.10 (31.10), David Ness 39.26 (30.26), George McCallum 39.45 (30.45), Paul Beaton 40.15 (34.45), Stephen Reid 40.21 (31.21), Stuart Austin 41.45 (30.45), Colin Campbell 42.11 (28.11), Kevin Gill 42.46 (28.46), Lorna Coyle 44.02 (31.32), Ian Hanley 45.04   29.04), Ashley Anderson 45.07 (31.07), Marianne McKay 45.11 (31.11), Donna Clark 46.02   32.02), Alex Paterson 46.42 (31.12), Nicola Stevenson 47.45 (32.15), Kenny Scott 49.07 (31.07), Katie McAuslan 50.54 (32.24), Lucas Bezian 51.25 (32.55), Claire Monaghan 51.40 (34.40), Eddie Devine 62.38 (44.08), Angela Austin 62.38 (45.38),

Lyle Mile 01/01/17

John is First Foot after the Bells

RUNNERS from around the west of Scotland took part in a new Greenock race to celebrate the start of 2017. Seven clubs were represented in the inaugural Lyle Mile Challenge, organised by Greenock Glenpark Harriers on January 1.

Fifty-two athletes completed the race, 32 of them from the Harriers, starting at the junction of Lyle Road and Newark Street at Fort Matilda and climbing the energy-sapping 401 feet ascent to the beacon on Lyle Hill.

The other clubs represented were Inverclyde Athtletic Club, Bellahouston Road Runners, Victoria Park, Clydesdale Harriers, Kilbarchan AAC and the Scottish Prison Service AAC.

John Bell of Inverclyde won in 6.26, ahead of current Glenpark champion Steven Campbell (6.54) and his club mate Paul Monaghan (6.56). Claire Thompson of Victoria Park was the first female in 8.49, followed by Glenpark’s Marian Monk (9.22) and Marianne McKay (9.31).

Results: John Bell 6.26, Steven Campbell 6.54, Paul Monaghan 6.56, Daniel Doherty 6.57, Graeme Hyett 7.02, David Weatherhead 7.13, Mark Vance 7.41, John Stevenson 7.53, Gavin Morrison 8.10, Joshua Ruddy 8.17, Danny Mclaughlin 8.19, Stephen Reid 8.20, Stephen Hanley 8.34, Paul Symington 8.38, Richard Davidson 8.39, David Ness 8.43, Claire Thompson 8.49, Mick Harrington 8.55, George McCallum 8.56, George Hegarty 9.03, Ross Slater 9.11, Colin Campbell 9.14, Paul McKendry 9.15, Steven Watson 9.15, Graham McGrattan 9.17, Marion Monk 9.22, Marianne McKay 9.31, Stuart Austin 9.31, Douglas Nicholson 9.38, Kevin Gill 9.47, Nicola Walker 9.54, Alex Paterson 10.02, Sue Hewitson 10.09, David Rafferty 10.10, Alan O’Rourke 10.11, Nicola Falconer 10.19, Lynne Leslie 10.20, Susan Clark 10.27, Lorna Coyle 10.27, Sarah Whalen 10.30, Marina McCallum 10.43, Ava Beaton 11.05, Paul Beaton 11.05, Lana Robertson 11.07, Kirstin Arthur 11.12, Susan Falconer 11.13, Jonathan Nicholson 12.05, Angeline Austin 12.34, Jo McGrattan 13.06, David Mushet 13.06, Blair Hendry 16.07, Suzanne McCall 16.09.

 

Alan’s Long Wait is Over  –  Wilson Trophy Race 17/12/2016

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Alan O’Rourke

Greenock Glenpark Harrier Alan O’Rourke with 150 attempts in almost 18 years finally managed to win his first club trophy.

After Joining the club last century he finally put the years of disappointment behind him, along with the rest of the field, to cross the finish line, 20 seconds clear of his nearest rival, to win the 4 ½ mile Wilson Hadicap trophy.

At Yetts reservoir above the Greenock Cut, he had set off with 9 runners in front of him, with 15 waiting behind ready to chase him down. Steadily he moved through the field catching all in front with just over a mile to go. Of the chasers only Sam McVicar posed any real threat to deny him, but Alan held on comfortably to the end.

Steven Campbell recorded the fastest time over the muddy moorland, but Chris Mooney was to push him close with just 15 seconds separating the pair. Run of the day however came from junior man William Guy finishing with the 3rd quickest time beating veteran Internationalist Paul Mooney into 4th. The 17 year old was making his debut for the Orangefield club, following in his father’s footsteps.

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Steven Campbell

Marian Monk despite taking a tumble in the slippy conditions recovered to put a minute between her and Emma O’Rourke with Nicola Stevenson a further 36 seconds adrift, to lift the Ladies trophy.

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Marian Monk

There was a very good turnout for the Junior race, which was over two laps of the Murdieston Dam. And like the seniors it was a conceding handicap race with the younger runners given a head start, with the oldest having the task of catching them. Patrick McCabe was set off first and it was a lead he wouldn’t let go as he blasted his way around the path to win from Euan Johnson.

The quickest time however was recorded by Harry McGill, but it was only by a solitary second from Peter Bradshaw, and very closely followed by the improving Ewan Ferguson and Scott Meechan.

Fastest girl was Mia Forrest, a minute quicker than last year, to beat Ruby McGill.

Quickest boy and girl in the under 11’s were Jack Hay who provided the surprise time of the day with a very impressive performance, and Leah Knox.

Thanks to race sponsor Robert Wilson of Wilson’s Coaches, and the many volunteers who helped the day run smoothly. A special thanks to all the Harriers who brought along donations for the local food bank.

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Senior 4.5mile (Scratch times in Brackets): Steven Campbell 46.18(27.18), Chris Mooney 45.03(27.33),  William Guy 44.25(28.25), Paul Monaghan 46.39(28.39), Andrew White 45.59(28.59), Andy McCall 45.00(29.00), John Stevenson 45.19(30.49), Sam McVicar 43.30(31.00), Robert Dolan 45.44(31.44), Alan O’Rourke 43.09(32.39), Ross Neilson 44.10(33.10), Stephen Reid 43.42(33.12), David Ness 44.58(33.28), Stephen Hanley 46.30(34.00), Danny McLaughlin 48.35(34.05), Graham McGrattan 46.51(34.21), Stuart Austin 46.59(35.29), Marian Monk 45.31(37.31), Colin Campbell 47.58(37.58), Kevin Gill 48.12(38.12), Emma O’Rourke 46.48(38.48), Nicola Stevenson 45.54(39.24), Ian Hanley 44.51(39.51), Boyd MacKenzie 46.05(40.05), Susan Clark 48.48 (42.18).

Junior 1500m race: Harry McGill 4.44, Peter Bradshaw 4.45, Ewan Ferguson 4.49, Scott Meechan 4.53, Jack Hay 5.32, Mia Forrest 5.43, Alex Wiseman 5.50, Ruby McGill 5.58, Shaun Wiseman 6.04, Aeden Monaghan 6.18, Ewan Johnson 6.27, Struan Robertson 6.38, Leah Knox 6.50, Patrick McCabe 6.52, Katie Johnson 7.00, Maria McCabe 7.07, Nathan McCorkindale 7.14, Lewis Scott 7.17.

West District XC Championships Ayr 4/12/2016

Vet’s Deliver the Silver at Ayr

Greenock Glenpark Harrier Steven Campbell continued his run of good form by winning individual silver at the West District cross country championships at Ayr. And with Paul Monaghan (the quickest over 45), and Andrew White backing him up, the team also claimed silver in the veteran competition behind an extremely strong Cambuslang.

This was no walk in the park, but a quality performance from the Glenpark veterans; as the trio ploughed through the Ayrshire farmland which had been churned up into an ankle deep sludge by the 9 previous races, to press the Glasgow club the closest they have been all season.

The Orangefield men, again out in large numbers, were boosted by the return of Stephen Trainer and although not at his best he still led the senior men to a very respectable 5th overall in the team competition behind winners Shettleston Harriers. Stephen was well supported by the other counters Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan, Daniel Doherty, Christopher Mooney, and Kevin O’Donoghue.

Other good runs came from Micky Dunn 4th in the over 60 category, and Danny McLaughlin relishing the mud and the hills.

Earlier there were fine performances from the boys teams, with  Peter Bradshaw, Ewan Ferguson and Harry McGill  placing 8thin the under 15s race,  and  Cameron Patton, Jude Dolan, Alex and Shaun Wiseman 13th in a very competitive under 13 race. Ruby McGill and Beth McKenna can be proud of their efforts, showing good improvement despite the difficult conditions.

A big thanks to all the supporters who turned out on a bitterly cold day.

Men’s Results: Stephen Trainer 38:20, Steven Campbell 39:15, Paul Monaghan 40:20, Daniel Doherty 41:25, Christopher Mooney 41:28, Kevin O’Donoghue 42:01, Andrew White 42:04, Stephen McLoone 43:53, John Stevenson 44:07, David Roberts 44:43, Daniel McLaughlin 44:45, Sean Marshall 45:35, Gordon Hepburn 45:48, Michael Dunn 47:02, Alan O’Rourke 47:48, Andy MacLean 57:00, Ian Hanley 61.12.

Renfrewshire XC Championships, Johnstone – 20/11/16

County Silver for Harriers

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Mick Dunn No.44 Gold in Over 60s

There was a silver lining for Greenock Glenpark Harriers at Shanks Park Johnstone, when the senior men won team silver. Steven Campbell was the leading Harrier, the veteran finishing 10th overall. The next five counters packing closely together ensured the runners-up spot on the podium.

It was an outstanding performance from the Harriers veteran men with a haul of 3 bronzes for Steven Campbell (40s), Stevie McLoone (50s) and Boyd McKenzie (60s), but best of all was Gold for Mick Dunn in the Over 60s.

Emma O’Rourke was quickest of the ladies, just clear of Donna Clark, but they just missed out in the team competition finishing in 4th.

Mia Forrest won individual silver in the Under 17 girls competition, with under 15 boys team of Harry McGill, Peter Bradshaw and Ewan Ferguson winning bronze. The under 13s went close to the medals finishing in 4th. There was an excellent run from Ava Beaton in her first county race where she finished in 13th place.

Under 11s: Aeden Monaghan 08:16, Ava Beaton 08:37. Under 13s: Ruby McGill 14:08, Cameron Patton 11:37, Alex Wiseman  14:17, Shaun Wiseman 15:19, Under 15s: Harry McGill 15:23, Peter Bradshaw 15:47, Ewan Ferguson 16:43, Under 17s: Ryan Brown 15:33, Mia Forrest 20.12.

Senior Men (6miles): Steven Campbell 33:07, Paul Monaghan 33:48, Kevin O’Donoghue 34:12, Daniel Doherty 34:30, Chris Mooney 34:38, Andrew White 34:43, Stevie McLoone 35:41, John Stevenson 37:13, David Roberts 37:43, Danny McLaughlin 37:55, Shaun Marshall 38:07, Mick Dunn 39:42, David Ness 40:08, Alan O’Rourke 41:03, Stephen Reid 41:15, Steven Smith 43:52, Boyd McKenzie 45:48.

Senior Women (4 miles): Emma O’Rourke 35:22, Donna Clark 35:29, Nicola Stevenson 37:40, Viki Smith 38:00, Susan Clark 38:32, Lana Robertson 39:52, Romina Scott 42:06, Greenock Glenpark Harriers      ,

Jimmy Irvine 10k – 13/11/16

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18 Harriers travelled to Bellahouston Park for the annual, and hugely popular, Jimmy Irvine 10k, the last 10k outing for most West of Scotland runners in the year. The strong field gathered at the start line just as the rain started to fall lightly, providing excellent running conditions and hopes all round of good performances.

Steven Campbell started conservatively on the downhill opening, before eating in to the gap with the leaders through the 2nd kilometre, sitting comfortably in 5th place but in isolation with a large chasing pack behind him. However his strength kept him clear of the chasing group and a decisive kick at the end saw him take 5th place overall and with it the top prize for the Vet 40s.

Graham McGrattan emulated Steven’s feat in the Over 60s, chasing home clubmate Stephen Hanley to take first place in the older vets category.

There were plenty of PBs on the day too; Chris Watson eclipsed brother Steven’s new best time from last week, coming home in 37mins 12 secs, and was joined by Gordon Hepburn, David Ness and David Rafferty, while Stephen Reid continued his fantastic Autumn form with a 2 minute improvement on his previous best.

For the ladies, it was a near miss from Viki Smith as she got so close to going under 50 minutes for the first time, while Marian Monk managed to hold off Lynne Leslie to be first home for the club. – Report: Robin McAuslan

Results: http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1qa/club/5763_greenock+glenpark+harriers

National Short XC Course – King George V Playing Fields Renfrew 5/11/2016

Steven’s Even Pace Wins National Bronze

Steven Campbell produced one of the best runs of his career to take bronze medal in the veteran category at the National cross country short course championship at Renfrew.

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Steven Campbell (690)

It was frenetic start to the senior men’s 4km race, with nearly 400 athletes jostling for position in the confined course around the King George V playing fields. Steven decided early on for an even paced run, and it was a tactic that served him well as he passed runner after runner as he steadily moved through the field, to win a place on the podium.

It was another excellent turnout from the Orangefield club with 34 athletes competing. The Harriers juniors all performed well, with the best team result coming from the under 15 Boys Harry McGill, Peter Bradshaw and Scott Meechan. They packed well in the 2km race, all finishing within 40 seconds of each other to finish 9th.

Steven Campbell along with Shaun Lyon, Paul Monaghan and Chris Mooney, the other Glenpark counters finished a respectable 14th overall in the senior men team competition.

Veteran Lorna Coyle, helped by Emma O’Rourke, Susan Clark, and Lana Robertson, led the women to 20th place in the team competition.

U15s 2km:  7:25 Harry McGill, 7:40 Peter Bradshaw, 8:05 Scott Meechan, 9:12 Beth McKenna.

U17s 3km: 11.14 Ryan Brown, 14:29 Mia Forrest.

Senior Men 4km: 13:51 Shaun Lyon, 13:55 Steven Campbell, 14:08 Paul Monaghan, 14:10 Christopher Mooney, 14:19 Kevin O’Donoghue, 14:54 Stephen McLoone, 14:58 Mark Vance, 15:37 Gordon Hepburn, 15:50 David Roberts, 15:53 Sean Marshall, 16:13 Daniel McLaughlin, 16:30 Duncan Anderson, 16:49 Stuart Austin, 17:08 Alan O’Rourke, 17:13 Stephen Reid, 17:21 Michael Dunn, 18:13 Steven Smith, 19:07 Boyd Mackenzie, 19:10 Ian Hanley, 20:15 Simon Hutton, 21:10 John Carruthers, 21:35 David Carruthers, Senior Women 4km: 19:05 Lorna Coyle, 19:30 Emma O’Rourke, 20:09 Susan Clark, 20:30 Lana Robertson, 20:54 Angeline Austin, 22:36 Nathalie Smith.

Southside six uphill finish!

What a race this was. Freezing cold but a perfect day for running. Fiona Cushnaghan, Stephen Hanley and I (Andy McCall) travelled through to this one. With Stephen fresh from a wedding day and night, and Fiona just off the back of the Dublin marathon this race could go either way. We were all first timers at this race and no one knew what to expect. Throw into the mix that this was the first time Stephen had competed or even race this distance since taking up running!

The 16 mile race started at the top of Queen’s Park in Glasgow and covered 6 parks in the Southside. Each park provided stunning view points and challenging hills throughout. The hardest part was trying to cross some of the busy roads but most drivers were accommodating. The course was well marked and lots of stewards on hand to help out.

This race kept the older style timing of a race with the times all being recorded from the gun (no chip) and stickers were collected at each park to ensure that you completed the entire route. The finish was like no other. After a hilly course the last quarter of a mile was uphill with a few stairs thrown in just in case you were thinking of trying to sprint finish anyone.

When I started my watch didn’t get a signal so I decided to run the good old way and just go with how I felt. This was eventually discovered to be a seriously bad move. I went off at what felt like a decent pace, up and down some hills and sitting in the top 10. At around 8 miles I decided to try and up the pace as I was feeling good, taking over another couple of runners and moving into probably around 7th place. One mile on and I was paying for that move. The pack of runners caught me and I was again chasing them. I continued to hold on to the back of this pack and a couple of people had dropped out along the way but making up for that were others taking over me who paced the race well, much to my envy. Through the half marathon point, the guy with me said we went through in 1:25 which was the best I have done in a while. And considering the hills, crossing roads and terrain I was happy with that, and right then the wheels fell off. I eventually reached the last uphill and just about managed to walk/run up the stairs to the finish in what I think was 15th place in around 1 hour 50 mins. I would definitely recommend this race for anyone, as real challenge and I’m sure the others will agree 🙂

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New York Marathon 6/11/16

Well done to John and Eileen Stevenson on successful completion of the New York Marathon. John was 2 minutes inside his target, covering the 26.2 miles in 3:12:57 hours. At half way he had taken just over 90 minutes, but despite slowing in the last quarter of the race, he was delighted with his time.

Eileen made a late decision to compete, despite having very little training behind her over the last few months due to a number of injuries. With an enormous amount of determination she somehow managed to get around the course in 5:39:18, an excellent time considering her preparation.

In the elite field, it was an extraordinary race of one, as Mary Keitany of Kenya ran to her third consecutive victory, finishing completely out of sight of the rest of the field, in 2 hours 24 minutes 26 seconds. Pulling away from her rivals before the 10-mile mark and never needing to look back, she covered more than half of the course entirely alone.

 

The men’s race was won by a 20-year-old Eritrean, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who pulled away from a tight pack of three at Mile 20 and blew kisses to his onlookers as he won in 2:07:51. He is the youngest winner in race history.

Men’s Edinburgh 10k 6/11/2016

Steven Watson ran a personal best of 37.21 to finish 35th at the  Men’s 10k in the Capital. The race route was a tour of the city, starting on the Royal Mile,  through Holyrood Park with the finish at Murrayfield Stadium.

Antonine 14mile Trail Race 30/10/16

Kevin O’Donohue was pleased with his performance, placing 3rd in the Antonine trail race covering the 14 mile distance in a time of 1.28.47. The route was over trail / mixed-terrain starting in Croy but taking in Auchinstarry, Kilsyth, Drumbreck, Twechar and back into Croy. Kevin was about a minute shy of the course record which was broken by both runners in front.

Dublin Marathon 30/10/16

Yvonne and a group of friends headed across the sea to celebrate her 60th birthday, and what better way to do it than to run 26.2miles??????

Results: Heather Kangley 4.10, Fiona Cushnaghan 4.13, Anne Anderson 4.39, Jane Dolan 4.41, Susie Gillies 4.47, Yvonne Prager 4.51, Silke Leohndorf 5.02

Colin Shields Time Trial  30/10/16

Thanks to the host of volunteers who helped on another hectic, but successful day for Greenock Glenpark Harriers, when we had 67 athletes competing over all the races.

25 youngsters competed in the junior races in 1.1km loops around Dunlop street and the Murdieston park. Harry Vance was clear of Aeden Monaghan for the win, but it went right to the line for the girls as Ava Beaton just held off a fast finishing Maria McCabe.

Over 2 laps it was just as close with Anna Docherty proving to be just the stronger on the day to edge out Ruby McGill. Ruby’s brother Harry winning from Peter Bradshaw. Under 17 Ryan Brown who had kept a close challenge on Harry over 2 laps, carried on in the 3rd lap out on his own, his performance indicating big improvements in recent months. Mia Forrest another who has grown stronger over the summer months was the fastest under 17 girl.

In the senior time trial race over 4.5mile, the runners were set off at random order at 30 second intervals. So with no way to judge where their opponents were, it became a race against the clock for the athletes.

From Dunlop Street to Branchton then a tough climb past the hospital, the 42 runners were snaked along the route as they made the return back down through Larkfield. First across the line and also recording the fastest time of the day was the club champion Steven Campbell, 52 seconds ahead of his closest opponent, fellow veteran Paul Monaghan. Fastest lady was Emma Baxter, showing good form in her preparation for the Conwy ½ marathon in north Wales.

Romina Scott and Nicola Gillespie performed well in their first Harriers competition.

Juniors 1.1km:  Harry Vance 4.04, Aeden Monaghan 4.18, Ava Beaton 4.45, Maria McCabe 4.46, Leah Knox 5.01, Carly McGarrigle 5.16, Ashlin Monaghan 5.29,  Erin McGinty 5.29, Eden Hagerty 6.48.

2.2km:  Harry McGill 7.12, Peter Bradshaw 7.27 Ewan Ferguson 7.48, Cameron Patton 7.58, Scott Meechan 8.11 (12.34). Jude Dolan 8.11, Anna Docherty 8.58, Ruby McGill 9.00, Beth McKenna 9.14, Alex Wiseman 9.33, Shaun Wiseman 9.55, Alyshia Singleton 10.06, Amelia Vance 10.06, Mhairi Moore 11.00

3.3km: Ryan Brown 11.31, Mia Forrest 15.02.

Seniors 4.5mile: Steven Campbell 25.21, Paul Monaghan 26.13, Daniel Doherty 27.01, Andrew White 27.33, Chris Watson 27.40, Andrew Osborne 28.00, Shaun Marshall 28.24, John Stevenson 28.29, Steven Watson 28.32, David Roberts 29.09, Robert Dolan 29.20, Graham McGrattan  30.12, Stephen Hanley 30.14, Emma Baxter 30.18, Brian McCluskey 30.19, Stuart Austin 30.37, Danny McLaughlin 30.41, David Ness 31.04, Mick Dunn 31.05, Stephen Reid 31.05, Alan O’Rourke 32.01, Robin McAuslan 32.06, Marian Monk 32.57, Kevin O’Donoghue 33.10, Kevin Gill 33.53, Colin Campbell 34.03, Lorna Coyle 34.04, Emma O’Rourke 35.09, Boyd MacKenzie 35.27, Ian Hanley 35.44, Donna Clark 36.05, Angeline Austin 36.59, Susan Clark 37.00, Claire Monaghan 37.01, Viki Smith 37.23, Kenny Scott 38.17, Simon Hutton 39.01, John Carruthers 39.04, Paul Hegarty 39.29, Nicola Gillespie 40.36, Grace Campbell 41.21, Romina Scott 42.06,

National XC Relays Cumbernauld  22/10/16

It was so near but yet so far for the Harriers veteran men at the National XC relays at Cumbernauld, the final and toughest of the relay season. Andrew White had set out on the hectic opening leg to give a solid start and put the team into 7th place. Steven Campbell with a blistering run moved them up to 4th before passing onto Mark Vance on the penultimate stage. Mark although slipping back to 5th, still had the team within striking distance of a medal. Despite the efforts of Paul Monaghan, he had overhauled Kirkintilloch like they did 2 weeks earlier at the West District championships, he couldn’t quite close fast enough on Bellahouston’s Russell Whittington.

Danny McLaughlin got the over 50s trio underway taking them back in 14th. Stephen McLoone brought them into the top 10, with finally Graham McGrattan anchoring the team to a very creditable 8th place.

Shaun Lyon produced the club’s quickest time in an understrength Senior team.

It was a mixture of youth and experience in the women’s A team where Emma Baxter, Lorna Coyle, Emma O’Rourke and Susan Clark finished in the top half of the starting teams, their best result in a number of years.

In the junior races, all eight boys performed well, with the A team a very creditable 37th Jude Dolan (10.40), Harry McGill (9.23), Ryan Brown (9.22). And in 61st were the much improved Cameron Patton (10.21) Ewan Ferguson (10.12) Scott Meechan (10.42). In the incomplete C team were Aeden Monaghan (12.44) and Peter Bradshaw (9.56).

It was a good all round performance from the Harriers junior girls with Ruby McGill (12.20), Beth McKenna (12.21), and Mia Forrest (12.45) all running very similar times for the hilly course.

Juniors Pictures

Seniors Pictures

Renfrewshire XC Relays Bellahouston Park 16/10/16

Glenpark’s men clinched team silver at the county championships at Bellahouston Park. Stephen Trainer making a welcome return got the quartet off to a flying start bringing the Harriers home in the leading position. Despite a good run from Daniel Doherty the team slipped to 2nd behind IAC, a position Steven Campbell and Kevin O’Donoghue would hold to the end. The B string of Paul Monaghan, John Stevenson David Roberts and Stephen McLoone managed a top10 finish with Paul recording the team’s quickest time. Other good runs came from the C teams Gordon Hepburn also Stephen Hanley and veteran Danny McLaughlin.

Just as in the Men’s race Emma Baxter went with the leaders from the gun chasing down on 4th place at the changeover. Lorna Coyle and Ladies Captain Emma O’Rourke did well to hold 5th position after coming under pressure from rivals Giffnock.

The under 13 boys were in fine form collecting the bronze medals for their efforts in the 3×1.5mile relay. Jude Dolan with the team’s quickest time put them into 5th after the first leg. Alex Wiseman with his best run for the club somehow kept position, keeping Cameron Patton in with a chance of clawing back on the anchor leg. Cameron set off and took the team into the bronze  medal position within the first ½ mile and comfortably held on.

The under 15s trio of Ewan Ferguson, Scott Meechan and Harry McGill were just outside the medals with their 4th placing.

It was a good turnout from the clubs seniors with 5 ½ men’s and 2 women’s teams competing.

Results:

A: (2) Stephen Trainer 13.34, Daniel Doherty 14.06, Steven Campbell 14.18, Kevin O’Donoghue 14.34

B: (9) Paul Monaghan 14.22, John Stevenson 16.02, David Roberts 16.12, Stephen McLoone 15.52

C: (14) Gordon Hepburn 15.39, Robert Dolan 16.19 David Ness 17.18, Graham McGrattan 16.50

D: (17) Duncan Anderson 17.00, Stephen Reid 17.32 Stephen Hanley 16.56, Stuart Austin 17.11

E: (20) Alan O’Rourke 17.22 Michael Dunn 18.09, Danny McLaughlin 17.10, Boyd MacKenzie 20.27

F: (26) John Carruthers 22.20, David Carruthers 22.37

A: (5) Emma Baxter 17.02, Lorna Coyle 19.16, Emma O’Rourke 19.47

B: (11) Lisa Ruddy 21.27, Angeline Austin 21.16, Viki Smith 20.46

U13s (3rd) Jude Dolan 10.40, Alex Wiseman 11.57, Cameron Patton 10.59

U15s (4th) Ewan Ferguson 10.11, Scott Meechan 10.35, Harry McGill 9.42

 

The Wee Eck 50K Ultra Marathon Saturday 8th of October.

Thanks to Boyd for report: The 50K distance was incorrect and the full distance was actually 54.4 kms.  Apparently we Ultra marathon runners do not quibble about such trivia. More distance equals more pain so bring it on. There was also the small addition of 3681 feet of hills to consider but at that stage ignorance was bliss.

The day starts well with an easy welcoming registration and bus out to Benmore Gardens for a free continental breakfast. The positive cheery banter from competitors and organisers certainly helped ease the apprehension from the Ultra Virgins, Andew, Boyd and Emma.  Silke was on hand giving advice and sorting out kit and inside out t shirts, what a star!

The only experienced Ultra in the ranks Kevin had just flown in from a USA holiday the day before and we were all of the opinion that Kevin was slightly mad.  Kevin was advising Andy on his nutrition needs for the distance, yes on the day of the race! Kevin had stomach problems during the first part of the race that would have finished most mortal men, but still managed to finish the distance.

The two ladies relay teams of Susan Clark, Anne Anderson, Lorna Coyle. and Susie Gillies, Jane Dolan, Yvonne Prager,  while running their own race gave so much encouragement at every checkpoint that you could not help to be lifted by their enthusiasm.

Overall the weather was stunning enhancing the views of Loch Eck and across the Clyde. The organisation from “Dunoon Presents” was first class with hospitality that I would have loved to enjoyed but having consumed around 8 gels, tablet, fudge, cheese and biscuits I was feeling a bit sick when I finally stopped running.

Big respect to all concerned and big thanks to Silke for being our coach for the day.

Times: Relay teams 1 and 2:    6:16

Individuals:Andrew McCall 5:11, Emma O Rourke 6:45, Boyd Mackenzie 6:55, Kevin Gill  7:22

West Dist XC Relays, Kilmacolm, 8th October 2016

Glenpark Harriers Veteran men produced a stunning performance to grab District Silver team medal at the cross country relays at Birkmyre Park.

With most of the other Veteran teams loading up with their fastest runners on the opening 2 legs, Glenpark’s tactics were to save their quickest men to the end. Even so Mark Vance and Andrew White couldn’t afford to hang around, and they kept the team well in contention at half way with Andrew catching one place on the 2nd leg to move the team into 9th. On leg 3 Paul Monaghan, selected for Scotland at next month’s Veterans International, made the biggest impact blasting through the field taking the men into 3rd. Steven Campbell out on the final stage looking  as if running effortlessly, recorded the team’s fastest time to pass Kirkintilloch for Silver – only being beaten by the talented Cambuslang quartet.

Indeed the veteran men were in outstanding form with five placing in the top 6 in their age categories: Steven Campbell 6th O40, Andrew White 6th O45, Stephen McLoone 4th O50, Graham McGrattan 2nd O60, and best of all Paul Monaghan fastest O45.

The Men’s A team were also in good form, with Chris Mooney getting them off to a flying start in 19th. Out second was Shaun Lyon, who motored through the field moving the team to 9th with the club’s fastest time. Club Captain Kevin O’Donoghue maintained position, with Daniel Doherty coming under pressure doing well to hold on for a very creditable 10th place.

With the majority of the Harriers women competing elsewhere it was left to Angeline Austin, Lana Hanson, and Viki Wilkinson to make up the A team to represent the club. The trio put in a sterling performance to place 25th from the 35 starting teams. There was little to separate them, timewise, on the 4km trail around Birkmyre park, with all running within 40 seconds of each other. It was Viki on the anchor leg who recorded the quickest time of 19.11 minutes.

The Junior boys A team of Cameron Patton, Harry McGill and Ryan Brown put in a good solid performance especially,  as they are all still in the first year of their respective age groups. Cameron handed over to Harry in 18th who moved the trio up to 13th and despite being a bit rusty after suffering from a bad cold held on for a top 20 finish well into the top 1/3 of the field.

The boys B team of Jude Dolan, Ewan Ferguson and Tom Forrest were just a couple of minutes behind. It was an especially good run from Jude, just a few seconds behind Cameron on the opening leg. Ewan as always a much better racer than trainer held on well, to pass on to the late stand in Tom Forrest, the sprinter doing well to bring the team home in 38th.

It was a good turnout from the Harriers men with 6 teams taking part, in the event, well organised  by Inverclyde Athletic Club.

Great Scottish Run, Glasgow 2nd October 2016

It was PBs galore for the Harriers in the Great Scottish Junior run, 10km, and ½ marathon.

On the Saturday in the Junior race 3 of our youngsters placed well among the hundreds taking part in the cold early morning conditions. In 20th place was Harry McGill (9.38), with his sister Ruby in 56th (13.50) and Ava Beaton close behind in 62nd (13.57).

On the Sunday in the ½ Marathon it was a day when Kilbarchan’s Calum Hawkins won the race and smashed the Scottish record with a time of 60.24 minutes,  the 2nd fastest time ever by a Britain behind Mo Farrah.  First home for the Harriers with a brilliant PB was veteran Paul Monaghan in 54th place, with Chris Mooney following hard on his heels in 64th. Also performing well were Daniel Doherty and Andrew White a few places outside the top 100. First Lady home was Emma Baxter, not far from her best time.

In the 10km Mark Vance and Marian Monk were Glenparks 1st male & female to finish with both setting new best times.

RESULTS

10km: Mark Vance 36.51, Brian McCluskey 38.54, Stephen Hanley 40.31, Marian Monk 44.45,Joshua Ruddy 46.10, Kirsty Ormond 47.43, Nicola Stevenson 47.54, Claire Monaghan 51.11, Lana Robertson 51.56, Susan Clarke 52.02

½ Marathon: Paul Monaghan 74.29, Chris Mooney 75.09, Daniel Doherty 77.33, Andrew White 77.47, John Stevenson 85.13, David Roberts 86.38, Robert Adams 90.19, Emma Baxter 92.00, Stewart Anderson 96.24, Stuart Austin 96.41, David Rafferty 109.13, Fiona Cushnaghan 116.16, Anne Anderson 122.27, Jane Dolan 123.14, Nicola McCrorey 152.54

Berlin/Loch Ness Marathon 25th September 2016

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Shaun at Brandenburg Gate

Shaun Lyon had the run of his career with an outstanding Marathon performance in Berlin, knocking 8 minutes off his personal best to record a time of 2.35.53.

Prior to the race his training had been curtailed by niggling injuries, so his expectations had not been high, he was more concerned in getting around without further injury, rather than setting PBs.

But after a cautious start he built into the race getting quicker as the race progressed

New Ladies Captain Emma O’Rourke was also competing in the Marathon, but this time at Loch Ness. Just recently started increasing her training, she was rewarded with an excellent time of 3.51.55

 George Cumming Road Relays, Houston 24th September 2016

[Photographs by Claire Thompson]

It was another great turnout from the Harriers for the George Cummings Road Relays at Houston, with 6 men and 4 women teams competing.

The men’s A quartet had a respectable 11th place with Daniel Doherty recording the club’s quickest time on the opening leg. He was followed by club captain Kevin O’Donoghue, Andrew Osborne, making the A team for the first time, and Chris Mooney.

A strong team consisting of Steven Campbell, Mark Vance, Andrew White, and Paul Monaghan, narrowly missed out on the veteran team prize finishing just behind Bellahouston Road Runners.

The Ladies top trio were led out by Sue Hewitson who set the Glenpark women’s fastest time of the day. She was ably backed up by Marian Monk maintaining position, and finally passing on to anchor Lynne Lesley gaining 2 places to finish 9th team. Nicola Stevenson and Donna Clark were quickest in the B and C teams who finished 15th and 17th respectively.

Three of our junior athletes stepped up in distance for some experience, with Harry McGill, Mia Forrest and Beth McKenna putting in good solid performances.

Special thanks to Micky Dunn of C&M Coaches for Transport, and to the Willow Bar from post Race refreshments.

RESULTS: A Team: Daniel Doherty 14:28, Kevin O’Donoghue 14:46, Andrew Osborne 14:58, Chris Mooney 14:38.

B Team: Steven Campbell 14:29, Mark Vance 15:29, Andrew White 15:20, Paul Monaghan 14:54,

C Team: Sean Marshall 15:39, Harry McGill 16:41, Chris Watson 15:52, Steven Watson 16:06,

D Team: Stephen Hanley 16:55, David Roberts 16:39, John Stevenson 16:24, Robert Dolan 16:34,

E Team: Graham McGrattan 16:44, Ross Neilson 17:10, David Ness 17:21, Steven McLoone 15:55,

F Team: Stuart Austin 17:33, Alan O’Rourke 18:50, Micky Dunn 18:11, Stephen Reid 17:53,

LA Team: Sue Hewitson 18:30, Marian Monk 18:40, Lynne Leslie 19:15,

LB Team: Susan Clark 20:55, Angeline Austin 21:01, Nicola Stevenson 20:00,

LC Team: Mia Forrest 23:01, Clare Monaghan 21:47, Donna Clark 20:11,

LD Team: Beth McKenna 23:23, Grace Campbell 24:14

Brownlee Triathlon, Leeds 24th September 2016

Frank McMahon took the win in his age category at the Brownlee sprint Triathlon. Trailing in 2nd place going into the run, he overcame a 2 minute deficit to blast away to win in a time of 2hrs 9mins, over 9 minutes clear of his nearest rival.