Renfrewshire Cross Country, Tower Hill, 25.11.17
Greenock Glenpark Harriers hosted this year’s Renfrewshire Cross Country Championships at Tower Hill in Gourock. It was a real team effort from the club to get the course ready for the day, with challenging icy conditions meeting the early morning set up crew! However,come early afternoon the one mile loop around the Tower was in perfect cross country conditions.
The ladies course involved 3 laps to total 3.3 miles and it was a very successful race for our own Harriers. Marian Monk, Suzi Coyle and Lynsey Mooney took home the bronze medal in the ladies race, with Marian Monk’s run earning her an individual bronze in the v40 race and 8th place overall! A great team effort and just reward for the ever enthusiastic Captain Monk. Bellahouston Road Runners took the team gold for the ladies race with 3 of the first 4 runners, and their own Catriona MacDonald taking first place overall.
The men were challenged with 5 laps of the Tower totaling 5.5 miles. The highlight of the day for the men was seeing former club champion Steven Campbell take home the gold medal in the v40 category. Steven was also part of the Glenpark senior men’s team that clinched a bronze medal. They were narrowly pushed into that bronze medal position by only 2 places, with Shaun Lyon, Chris Mooney, Andrew McCall, Daniel Doherty and Andrew White making up the six counters. Shaun Lyon was 5th overall and Chris Mooney also in the top 10 finishing 7th.
Just behind the six counters there was a great battle between John Stevenson and Paul Beaton, with John edging it by just one second, but it was another encouraging run from Paul who has been improving over the last few months.
The men’s team event was won by Inverclyde AC on the day, with them taking the three podium positions as well with Ross Gray, Ryan Gray and John Bell respectively.
In total, 23 runners from Glenpark took on the senior races on the day and many more in attendance to help out. The club would like to extend our thanks to all who helped out on the day and made the event a great success for the club
GGH Juniors at Renfrewshire XC Championships Tower Hill 25/11/17
It was a successful day for our youngsters at a very cold and muddy Tower Hill, where they came away with 2 team medals. It was Bronze for both the Under 15 boys and under 11 girls, whilst Jude Dolan had a storming run to win individual Silver.
The Under 11 girls who won bronze were Maria McCabe the Harriers leading girl in 9th place, followed by Sophie McLaughlin. The final counting place went to the line with Ashlin Monaghan just a stride in front of Leah Knox.
In the U11 boys race Aidan McElwee, after a steady start, came storming through the mud to finish 4th, Euan Johnson and Jack Hay were the other counters in the team who just missed out on the medals.
Jude Dolan had a fantastic run to claim individual silver in the under 13s boys event while Brodie Stone showed plenty of promise on his cross country debut.
It was tough challenge for Francesca McKay and Abbigael Crawford as the Under 13 girls took a step up in distance, especially in the challenging conditions. Both finished strongly and the experience will benefit them in future races.
The under 15s team took bronze with Ewan Ferguson, closely followed by Scott Meechan and new boy Bobby Stone.
Ryan Brown continued his return from injury with another solid performance to finish 5th in the under 17s three mile race.
The severity of the course and conditions meant there were a few non finishers, but all the youngsters deserve great credit for getting out to represent the club.
U11s 1mile: Aidan McElwee 6.55, Euan Johnson 7.55, Jack Hay 8.14, Nathan Adams 8.25, Connor McCrorie 8.33, Cameron Crawford 8.51, Maria McCabe 8.22, Sophie McLaughlin 9.05, Ashlin Monaghan 9.37, Leah Knox 9.38.
U13s 2miles: Jude Dolan 13.33, Brodie Stone 16.05, Francesca McKay 20.40, Abbigael Crawford 24.03.
U15s 2miles: Ewan Ferguson 13.42, Scott Meechan 13.44, Bobby Stone 18.06
U17s 3miles: Ryan Brown 20.38
3k on the Green 24.11.17
Thanks to Andy McCall for his report on Fridays 3k on the Green, the last one of 2017:
At 11am I wasn’t even sure if I was going to take part but after seeing the starting line up for Saturdays Renfrewshire X-country race I realised I wouldn’t make the top 6 counter got the club, something I haven’t managed since around 2010. With that in mind I set off to take the race on as a tempo run and try to better my time from last month. In October I turned up late and ran 10:40. A time I was actually quite happy with.
Greenock parkrun, 18.11.17
32 Glenpark Harriers took part in Saturday’s Greenock parkrun, with 5 of them getting PBs! Cheryl Thomas, Fiona MacFarlane, Katie Johnson, Claire Monaghan and Malcolm MacLean all set new best times over the 5k course. For Malcolm, it was his first run under 20 minutes, taking 25 seconds off of his previous best time. It was a 3rd pb in 4 weeks for Claire Monaghan who has now taken 2 minutes off of her best time in the last 6 weeks! Alan O’Rourke’s Monday and Wednesday sessions paying big dividends for many of the runners.
It was a Harriers 1, 2, 3 in the mens placings (out of those who had a barcode…) Chris Mooney fought off Andrew White and Daniel Doherty to finish in 16.46, only 8 seconds off of a pb. It was a legitimate 1, 2, 3 for the ladies with Donna Clark just edging out Fiona MacFarlane and Claire Monaghan.
There were plenty of Harriers enjoying parkrun tourism as well. Eddie Devine was out in Derry watching his son Chris race in the vets cross country, and took in the local parkrun beforehand. Sean Marshall and Viki Smith ran at Linwood, with Viki getting a new course pb. Emma O’Rourke ran at Victoria parkrun, Heather Kangley ran at Strathclyde and Nicola Stevenson ran as a tail runner at Ruchill.
British and Irish Masters Cross Country, Derry, Saturday 18th November
Mick McLoone and Paul Monaghan represented Scotland at the British and Irish Masters cross country race in Derry on Saturday. The race was ran over a 5 mile course on the banks of the River Foyle.
Paul competing in the v45 category completed the course in 30.59 and Mick in the v50 in 29.52 for 11th in his category.
Results and article: http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/30966-2/
Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k, Bellahouston Park – 12th November 2017
The ever popular Jimmy Irvine 10k was held on Sunday at Bellahouston Park. The race is hosted by Bellahouston Road Runners and has always attracted a good crowd of Harriers heading up the M8. This year was no exception as 14 Harriers raced on the day. The route changed this year, and everyone was sad to see the end of the nice downhill start. Issues with the local authorities meant that the race had to be contained entirely within the park this year, removing the loops on Mosspark Boulevard.
Overall, the times were slower than the previous years run, showing that the course was a good bit tougher. Chris Watson was first Harrier home this year in 38.48, but over a minute slower than his pb time of the previous year. Gordy Hepburn was second in 39.17 and George McCallum was third in 41.40.
Lorna Coyle was first female Harrier to finish and was 2nd v50 overall in a time of 46.00. Fiona McFarlane was second in 47.45 and Marianne McKay was third in 48.28. Fiona’s time was a one minute pb! Alex Patterson also managed a pb on the day in a time of 49.47! Well done guys.
Greenock parkrun – 11.11.17
Andy White was first Harrier home at Greenock parkrun and narrowly missed a pb by 2 seconds in 16.48. Andrew Osborne was next in 17.09 and John Stevenson third Harrier in 18.39. Both Lorna Coyle and Sue Hewitson came across the line in 22.45 to take first and second female places respectively.
Lucas Bezian continued his pb streak by finishing in 23.35 and new Harrier Claire Melville got her first pb since joining in 31.20. Young Ava Beaton got a pb of 24.49 running round with fellow young Harrier Katie Johnson who competed in the event for the first time.
Further afield, Emma and David Benstead ran at the notoriously tough Drumchapel parkrun. With David running it for the first time and Emma running a course pb! Nicola Stevenson ran the Ganavan Sands parkrun near Oban in a course pb for her of 23.40. Viki Smith ran at Linwood and Catriona Stirling slummed it at Curl Curl parkrun near Sydney (but I’m sure she would have preffered the below freezing conditions at Greenock…)
National XC Short Course, Kirkcaldy
There could be no complaints about the weather at the National Short Course XC Championships in Kirkcaldy; sun and blue skies greeted the 13 junior and senior harriers who made the journey to the east coast event. The going was soft and the athletes faced an uphill start making it a fairly tough course.
First race of the day was the Under 15 Girls over a distance of 2km. Alyshia Singleton and Mhairi Moore have been competing more regularly this season and the improvements in performance are beginning to come through. On this occasion Alyshia getting the advantage on Mhairi.
Next up, was the Under 15 Boys race which had Harry McGill and Ewan Ferguson competing. Harry didn’t quite reach his normal high standards, but nonetheless he produced a solid run going under 7 minutes for the 2 kilometres. Junior run of the day however came from Ewan Ferguson who always thrives on competition, kept in contention with Harry finishing just 13 seconds behind.
Ryan Brown has been the unluckiest harrier in the last 2 seasons, with his training being interrupted with a series of injuries. In the Under 17 Men’s 3km race he returned again after his latest setback, and did more than expected, getting stronger as the race progressed, and showing the promise of much more to come.
In the Senior Women’s race, first home for Glenpark was Suzie Coyle in 18:27 for the 4km distance. Marianne Mckay put in a strong run with a time of 19:23. Eileen Stevenson and Nathalie Smith both showed signs they are improving over the season with their respective times of 21:37 and 22:16.
The performance of the day has to be from the in-form Mick McLoone. His time of 14:11 in the 4km Senior Men’s event earned him a Silver medal in the V50 category, only narrowly missing out on the gold in the closing stages or the race. Not far behind came Paul Monaghan who crossed the line in 14:41, 5th in the V45 category. Both Stephen Reid and Frank McMahon put in strong finishes with their times of 17:37 and 18:37.
U15 2km: Alyshia Singleton 09:57, Mhairi Moore 10.09, Harry McGill 06:54, Ewan Ferguson 07:07:
U17: 3km Ryan Brown 11:11:
4km: Suzanne Coyle 18:37, Marianne Mckay 19:23, Eileen Stevenson 21:37, Nathalie Smith 22:16 Michael McLoone 14:11, Paul Monaghan 14:41, Stephen Reid 17:37, Frank McMahon 18:37
Thanks to Stephen Reid and Stephen McLoone for the report.
Remember that Greenock Glenpark Harriers are hosting the Renfrewshire XC at Tower Hill on Saturday 25th November. Please help out where possible and if you can run then please do. Please let any committee member know if you wish to volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Glen Ogle 33 Ultra Marathon Race
On Saturday 4th November, Andrew White, John Stevenson and Kevin Gill set out to tackle the Glen Ogle 33 mile race- beginning and ending in Killin, Stirlingshire. The route saw the runners cross the Glen Ogle viaduct and down into Strathyre before turning back on themselves and back into Killin over the viaduct again. With spectacular views, this was set to be an impressive run, particularly for “ultra virgin” Captain John and Kevin running for Ardgowan Hospice in memory of his dad, Danny.
Despite taking a wrong turn and adding an extra mile to his race, Andrew managed to secure a 10th place position over the line in a time of 4hrs 7mins. John, again taking a wrong turn, completed the race in a time of 4hrs 22mins in 21st position- an impressive run for his first ultra. Kevin (sporting some excellent tartan thermals) finished the run in a time of 5hrs 51mins and was 190th to cross the line in a field of 415 runners. Well done to all three runners!
Thanks to Nicola Stevenson for the report.
Greenock parkrun 4.11.17
Many Harriers opted for the afternoon club race on Saturday, but there was still a good turnout for the 5k in the morning. Some even chose to do both!
Lucas Bezian got a pb of 23.41 and would later go on to collect an award at the club’s prize-giving for our most improved newcomer. Well done Lucas!
Colin Shields Road Race 2017
The 2017 Colin Shields Road Race saw 50 senior runners take on the 4.5 mile course that took them from Notre Dame High School up to the hospital and back via Cumberland road. It was a brisk autumn day and there was a stiff breeze into the runners’ faces as they headed out along Inverkip Road towards the bridge at Branchton Station.
In the mens race, it was a welcome first GGH victory for Chris Mooney in his first time running the route. His win rounds off a great few weeks for Chris as he completes his comeback from an injury hit summer. As a time trial race, runners were set off in random pairs from the start line at 30 second intervals. When the times were tallied up at the end, there was only 24 seconds separating the top 4 finishers. Mick McLoone continued his recent good form with a second place finish, just 10 seconds behind Chris. Winner of the first club race of the season, Steven Campbell, was a further 5 seconds behind in third. Daniel Doherty finished in 4th place, taking 34 seconds off of his time from last year. There were only a few runners able to produce better times than last year’s race showing that conditions were not as ideal.
The biggest improvement on last year’s times came from Kenny Scott, who took around 90 seconds off his time. Kenny has been steadily improving in the last 6 months and it’s good to see that continuing. Stephen Hanley took over a minute off of his time from last year an managed to just dip into the top 10 finishers. Some other notable strong runs came from Robin McAuslan, Paul Beaton and Robert Adams. It was good to see some new faces in the light blue vest including James McFadden and Malcolm MacLean, and some returning from injury like Graham McGrattan and David Ness.
The ladies race saw Lorna Coyle take the victory in 34.08. Lorna had 4 wins last season as well as 2 overall age category prizes, and it looks to be a good start to this season for her too! Donna Clark took second place and one minute off of her time from last year to boot. Marianne McKay showed no ill effects of her recent marathon to take home third place. Claire Monaghan and Viki Smith both took over 30 seconds off of their times from last year. Claire has been improving her parkrun times in recent weeks, so it was good to see this continue in the club race. Viki has been running the cross country relays, and her time improvement here may be the result of that hard work!
Chris Mooney 26.03, Mick McLoone 26.13, Steven Campbell 26.18, Daniel Doherty 26.27, Paul Monaghan 26.46, Andy McCall 27.20, Andrew Osborne 27.53, Chris Watson 28.24, Paul Beaton 29.00, Stephen Hanley 29.03, Robert Dolan 29.04, Chris Jones 29.56, David McCorkindale 30.37, Graham McGrattan 30.45, Sam McVicar 30.49, George McCallum 31.22, Stuart Austin 31.37, Robert Adams 31.42, James McFadden 31.46, Stephen Reid 32.04, Robin McAuslan 32.29, Malcolm MacLean 32.57, Steven Smith 33.01, Ross Slater 33.02, Alan O’Rourke 33.17, Stuart Crawford 33.25, David Ness 33.41, Jim Cuffe 33.56, Lorna Coyle 34.08, Ian McKee 34.19, Colin Campbell 34.39, Donna Clark 35.05, Marianne McKay 35.43, Boyd MacKenzie 35.45, Sandra Campbell 36.03, Fiona McFarlane 36.08, Gerry Gillespie 36.10, Claire Monaghan 36.27, Viki Smith 36.31, Terri Wall 36.42, Kenny Scott 36.47, Lynsey Mooney 37.56, Silke Loehndorf 40.43, Kirstin Arthur 41.21, Graeme Crawford 41.25, Yvonne Prager 41.27, David Carruthers 42.17, James Campbell 42.26, Wenda Crawford 43.25, Eddie Devine 48.03
Harry McGill claimed the Laurence Mulaghton Trophy with a convincing win in the junior 2 lap race around the testing circuit of Dunlop Street and through Murdieston Park. He opened an early gap on the chasing group led by Ewan Ferguson and continued to extend his lead from Ewan and the 3rd placed Cameron Patton.
Ruby McGill came from behind to win the girls race with an excellent paced run. After 1 lap she was sitting in 3rd spot, behind Ava Beaton and Katie Johnson. But with a second lap time matching her first, she timed it to perfection to take the win from runner-up Ava and Katie in 3rd , both looking as if they can put up a strong challenge in this year’s club championship.
The closest competition came in the under 11s one lap race, where Douglas Campbell had a 30metre lead at half-way from Jack Hay, but on the steep climb up Murdieston Street Jack had pulled level. With the finish line fast appearing a final kick from Douglas gave him the narrowest of wins. Just a few seconds behind came Connor McCrorey.
Maria McCabe, the reigning under 11 champion, was again leading girl, and not only that, she had put the boys under a great deal of pressure for the top spot overall. In 2nd place in the girls race was Sophie McLaughlin just edging out Erin McEleny, both girls showing big improvements in recent months.
The most pleasing aspect for the coaches, was the size of turnout from the junior section, which saw 37 youngsters taking part, this has been increasing over the last couple of years. The major individual advances since last year were shown by Shaun Wiseman and Mhairi Moore both an impressive one minute quicker, and in the shorter event Maria McCabe and Ashlin Monaghan.
2.2km: Harry McGill 7.13, Ewan Ferguson 7.43, Cameron Patton 8.01, Scott Meechan 8.10, Shaun Wiseman 8.53, Aidan McElwee 9.00, Ruby McGill 9.13, Ava Beaton 9.16, Alex Wiseman 9.21, Katie Johnson 9.22, Brodie Stone 9.31, Alyshia Singleton 10.00, Bobby Stone 10.01, Mhairi Moore 10.09, Sophie Campbell 10.58, Francesca McKay 10.59, Olivia Trainer 11.05, Abbigael Crawford 12.26,
1.1km: Douglas Campbell 4.15, Jack Hay 4.15, Connor McCrorey 4.19, Maria McCabe 4.21, Euan Johnson 4.25, Patrick McCabe 4.30, Cameron Crawford 4.31, Brodie Stone 4.33, Gregory Hay 4.44, Sophie McLaughlin 4.47, Erin McEleny 4.48, Leo Beaton 5.00, Ruari Trainer 5.05, Nathan McCorkindale 5.06, Leah Knox 5.13, Ashlin Monaghan 5.16, Murray Brown 5.24, Aimee McEleny 5.52, Lewis McGowan 5.56, Amy Campbell 7.27
The turnout from the seniors and junior was the most pleasing thing. 87 runners tackled the various distances and the support on the route from the volunteers was greatly appreciated by everyone. The hard work during the day allowed everyone to relax and enjoy the annual prize-giving that night at Lady Alice Bowling Club. The revelers particularly enjoyed the pies and sausage rolls on offer from prize-giving sponsors Robert Alexander Butchers, so a big thank you to them.
National XC Short Course Relays, Cumbernauld House Park, 28.10.17
24 seniors headed to Cumbernauld House Park for this year’s running of the National Short Course Cross Country Relays. The weather may have been dry, but the ground was well worn and there was a stiff wind to keep the test stern.
The men’s masters team consisted of John Stevenson, Steven Campbell, Paul Monaghan and Andrew White. The latter 3 names have teamed up in this event regularly in recent years, with a different fourth man, determined to get in the medal positions. This year it was Captain John’s turn to try get them the hardware, and he set himself off in the first leg to get a boost in doing just that. John covered the course in just over 15 minutes, a great effort from himself to get the team round in 14th position. Steven Campbell went next getting past 5 men, and Paul Monaghan followed passing another 2. Andrew White set off in 7th position and quickly gained 2 places an held that position until the end. Andrew gained 15 seconds on the eventual bronze medalists in that last leg, but the team were 21 seconds out of a medal position. A great effort again by the team.
The mes A team did not fare quite as well, with a depleted squad to chose from, Stephen Hanley was first man up in the A team. Even with his relatively good run, Shaun Lyon and Stephen Trainer had too much ground to cover in the next 2 legs. Sean Marshall ran the tail leg and did well in the worst of the ground conditions. In the B team, there were good runs from Stephen Reid and Frank McMahon (3rd M65). Malcolm McLean is getting used to the cross country running in his second outing on the surface and it was a change of distance for regular ultra runner Kevin Gill in the last leg.
The ladies also put their strength in the Masters team, with Sue Hewitson leading the A team out in the first lap. A superb run in 16.51 seen Sue round in 4th place. Lorna Coyle and Marian Monk followed on and the team finished in 6th overall masters position. Eileen Stevenson produced another good run in the tail leg of the Masters B team, the 4th fastest time from ladies masters runners. In the seniors team, Nicola Stevenson ran a superb final leg run of 19.09 to bring in 7 places, and the 4th fastest overall time by a female Harrier on the day.
Mens: Masters (5th): John Stevenson 15.11, Steven Campbell 14.13, Paul Monaghan 14.51, Andrew White 14.25
Mens A: Stephen Hanley 16.21, Shaun Lyon 14.05, Stephen Trainer 13.25, Sean Marshall 16.02
Mens B: Malcolm MacLean 18.06, Stephen Reid 17.30, Frank McMahon 18.36, Kevin Gill 19.16
Womans: Masters A: Sue Hewitson 16.51, Lorna Coyle 19.10, Marian Monk 17.46
Masters B: Fiona Cushnagan 22.52, Kirstin Arthur 22.32, Eileen Stevenson 22.03
Masters C: Angeline Austin 22.23, Nathalie Smith 23.18
Womans A: Viki Smith 20.35, Donna Clark 20.25, Suzanne Coyle 18.54, Nicola Stevenson 19.09
It was a day of mixed fortunes for a young Harriers squad as they travelled to Cumbernauld to compete in the National XC relays. The dry weather belied the heavy underfoot conditions and all the runners can be proud of their efforts on a difficult blustery day.
First runner of the day in the U13 category was Ruby McGill who showed excellent pace judgement as she started steadily at the back of the pack before patiently picking off a number of runners to finish comfortably inside the top half of the field. Ruby handed over to Mhairi Moore in the U15 leg who, despite an unfortunate mix up at the handover, turned in the type of determined performance that her coaches have come to expect before passing on the baton to Alyshia Singleton. Alyshia stepped up to compete in the U17 leg despite being eligible to run as an U15 and she displayed great character to stay calm before producing an excellent performance to bring the team home.
This was an inexperienced team so all 3 girls deserve great credit for the efforts they put in. They will undoubtedly improve on their position as they continue to work hard and gain more experience at racing in this type of event.
Next up were the U13 boys with Jude Dolan, Cameron Patton and Alex Wiseman all toeing the line for the club. Alex had a steady run but disaster struck at the start line when the runner in front of Jude and Cameron stumbled causing both of them to fall to the ground and get spiked in the process. Both showed their mettle by shrugging off the pain and resolving to finish for the benefit of their team. While both will feel they would have been faster on another day they can be proud of the character they showed to pick themselves up and carry on.
Next up on The U15 leg were Harry McGill and Shaun Wiseman. Harry, like his sister Ruby earlier in the day, produced a strong and disciplined performance by hauling in a huge number of runners on his way to posting the 13th fastest U15 run of the day. Shaun gave an excellent account of himself over the hilly course and his coaches were extremely pleased with his efforts.
The final leg of the day belonged to Ryan Brown and Ewan Ferguson. Ryan has not had his troubles to seek lately with a succession of injuries hampering his training but he shrugged that off to post a very credible time that gives him a great foundation to kick on from as the winter season progresses. Ewan, like Alyshia, was running in the U17 leg despite being eligible for U15 but just like his club mate he was not overwhelmed by the step up and pulled in several places as he once again underlined his capacity to produce big performances when the chips are down.
(Big thanks to Coach Neilson for his report on the Juniors)
Boys A: Jude Dolan 11.20, Harry McGill 9.11, Ryan Brown 10.13
Boys B: Cameron Patton 11.20, Shaun Wiseman 11.52, Ewan Ferguson 10.21
Boys C: Alex Wiseman 13.10
Girls A: Ruby McGill 11.32, Mhairi Moore 15.04, Alyshia Singleton 13.20
3k on the Green, 27.10.17
Conditions were perfect with Harriers Andy McCall, Andrew White and Chris Mooney managing to make it out of the office for the event run on the last Friday of each month. As usual this race starts with a frantic pace with 20-30 runners sprinting out the first 200m. After the 1st kilometre Andrew White had positioned himself in a pack just behind Inverclyde’s Chris Barlas in around 8th position with Chris Mooney leading a pack of runners a further 15 metres behind. Meanwhile Andy McCall decided to make things even more difficult by only just making the start in time to see the last runners making their way out. He quickly detached his backpack and headed out to chase the leaders.
At the turn Chris Mooney began to push to keep in touch with Chris Barlas and Andrew, managing to make up the ground with around 1 km to go. The group were now in a battle for fourth place with the leading three runners a further 150 metres ahead. It was Chris Mooney who first made a move with around 500 metres to go passing Andrew and Chris Barlas. Andrew broke to follow Chris as well with another runner from Newport with Chris Barlas now starting to tire. Despite making an early break for the line, Chris Mooney managed to hold on to finish in 4th with Andrew only a couple of seconds behind in 6th place (1st veteran). This was a personal best time of 09:39 for Andrew. Andy McCall meanwhile had managed to make up a number of places in the field to finish in a time of 10:40 (not bad considering his warm up consisted of a mile at race pace!)
4th Chris Mooney (09:39), 6th (1st Vet) Andrew White (09:41), Andrew McCall (10:40), Others: 1st Ross Mackenzie (09:21), 8th Chris Barlas (09:51) (Inverclyde)
A video of the frantic start can be found here (watch out for Andy McCall’s late arrival!)
Erskine Bridge 10k, 28.10.17
The Erskine Bridge Buster 10k took place on Saturday. Lisa Ruddy finished in 3rd place in a time of 47.30. Well done Lisa!
Lisa Ruddy 47.30 (third female, 26th overall), Fiona MacFarlane 50.47, Cheryl Thomas 51.32
Greenock parkrun 28.10.17
Greenock Glenpark Harriers legend Dick Hodelet completed his 200th parkrun on Saturday doon the splash. Dick has been doing parkruns since 2009, when he was a regular at Pollock Park, and has completed 123 at Greenock since it began in 2014. Sadly, he wont get a free T shirt for 200, just have to do another 50 to get the coveted 250!
It was tough conditions on Saturday, but one harrier managed to get a pb! Well done to Claire Monaghan for her pb of 23.53, a full 17 second improvement and her first ever first finisher. Overall, it was a Harriers 1,2,3 with Chris Mooney edging out Mick McCloone and Daniel Doherty for first position. Not bad for Chris after his effort on Friday at 3k on the Green!
One other note, young Harrier Abbigael Crawford turned her hand to run report writing, and her work can be found here:
It’s not as easy as she makes it look!
Jedburgh Running Festival, 29.10.17
Fiona Ramsay continued her winning streak with her first position in the Jedburgh half marathon in a great time of 1.26.55. Her prize appears to be a stuffed Kangaroo… The race was part of the Jedburgh Running Festival. There was also an ultra marathon on the day, with harrier Emma O’Rourke taking part. Sadly, Emma was not well on the day and had to pull out after 22 miles. A fine effort when unwell! She’ll be back next year.
Fiona Ramsay 1.26.55 (first female, 27th overall)
Antonine Trail Race:
Boyd MacKenzie and Terry Wall competed in the Antonine Trail Race half marathon. This takes place on the trails in and around Kilsyth. The video below shows some excellent drone footage of the race!
Boyd MacKenzie 2.07.35, Terry Wall 2.11.26
Dublin Marathon, 29.10.17
Last, but by no means least, we had two Harriers make the trip over to the Emerald Isle for the 2017 Dublin Marathon. Both Ashley Anderson and Marianne McKay have certainly caught the running bug in their first year or so in the club and had both signed up to this as their first marathon. Marianne secretly wanted to break the four hour mark on her debut, and did just that. Fantastic effort. Ashley had not really been able to train for the marathon distance due to injury in recent months, but to get round in under five hours is a great effort. Well done girls!
Marianne McKay 3.58.18, Ashley Anderson 4.51.43
Remember, Club race this Saturday! 4.5 mile road race starting at Notre Dame High School at 2pm. Club photograph at 1.15pm at Lady Alice Bowling Club and prizegiving there at night, 7.15 🙂
Renfrewshire Short Course XC Relays, Pollock Park, 22.10.17
28 seniors and 19 juniors headed to Pollock Park for Sunday’s Renfrewshire XC short relays. A nice Autumn day greeted them, but sadly the preceding few days (weeks, months etc) rain was well on display and it made for a good old muddy course.
The under 11 boys managed to get 2 full teams out and the girls had a full team as well which shows great promise for the junior section. Some of them running were well under the age limit and certainly didn’t look out of place.Jude Dolan and Harry McGill continued their good form in the later races finishing 5th and 7th overall in there respective age categories. Hopefully more of the same next week at the Nationals!
The senior ladies had 4 full teams out on show. With no veteran categories counting, Captain Monk was able to assess her options ahead of next week’s National XC relays at Cumbernauld. Sue Hewitson was fastest on the day in 15.28 (10th overall) and along with Marian Monk and the returning Suzi Coyle were able to place 7th on the day. There were strong runs in the other teams as well, with Lisa Ruddy, Marianne McKay and Lynsey Mooney putting in particularly good performances.
Similarly, the men set out to put in a good show ahead of next week. Captain Stevensson sent Daniel Doherty and Paul Monaghan out first for the A and B team respectively and forced them into a head to head battle. It was Daniel who nicked it on the home straight by the finest of margins. The rest of the A team followed suit and finished in 7th place overall. The best performance was perhaps from the anchorman Chris Mooney who recorded the second fastest time of the day for a harrier, only behind club champion Shaun Lyon. Chris may be more happy that he just survived the race as he was feeling the ill effects of his Ibiza ‘training camp’…
Elsewhere in the men’s teams there were strong runs for Mick McCloone, Paul Beaton and Steven Smith. Captain Stevenson put himself out in the D team, expecting some adverse jetlag effects, but he ran a solid run worthy of a place much higher up.
The national XC Short Course Relays are on next Saturday at Cumbernauld and lets hope we see a great turnout from the club. With the Cross Country season stretching into the new year, it is worth reminding members that there are runners up at Tower Hill most Saturday mornings at 11am. A great way to prepare for the big one in Falkirk in February.
A Team: Douglas Campbell 7.17, Nathan Adams 7.26, Aidan McElwee 6.46
B Team: Connor McCrorey 7.37, Cameron Crawford 7.41, Leo Beaton 7.53
Ava Beaton 7.27, Erin McEleny 7.51, Leah Knox 8.58
Jude Dolan 9.35 (5th), Cameron Patton 9.54, Jack Hay 11.49
Ruby McGill 10.53, Francesca McKay 13.48, Abbigail Crawford15.41
Harry McGill 8.52 (7th)
Mhairi Moore 12.36, Alyshia Singleton 12.49
Team A: Sue Hewitson 15.28, Marian Monk 16.39, Suzi Coyle 17.51
Team B: Lorna Coyle 17.59, Lisa Ruddy 17.07, Marianne McKay 17.36
Team C: Donna Clark 19.24, Lynsey Mooney 17.56, Cheryl Thomas 19.17
Team D: Ashley Anderson 19.54, Nathalie Smith 21.15, Eileen Stevenson 20.28
Team A: Daniel Doherty 13.26, Shaun Lyon 12.59, Steven Campbell 13.11, Chris Mooney 13.05
Team B: Paul Monaghan 13.28, Mick McCloone 13.27, Robert Dolan 15.13, Andy McCall 14.00
Team C: Stephen Reid 15.53, Paul Beaton 14.25, Stephen Hanley 15.07, Malcolm MacLean 17.46
Team D: Steven Smith 16.15, John Stevenson 14.35, Frank McMahon 16.42, Mick Dunn 16.54
Cowal Way Ultra Marathon, 50km, 21.10.17
Fiona Ramsay was first overall at the Cowal Way Ultra on Saturday. The 50km course ran from Glenbranter to Portavadie with over 3000 feet of climb! Fiona finished in 4.04.26, over 3 minutes ahead of the next competitor. Fiona describes the day in her own words below:
“Challenging weather with Dunoon ultra still in the legs made today’s 30 miler tougher than usual. A much smaller field, mixed in with the biker made for an interesting, wet and muddy course. Very well route marked, a fantastic buffet after the race and access to the Portavadie spa and pool got me across the finish line. Another part of the Scottish countryside explored today and a new race for the calendar.”
Well done Fiona. Maybe your tales of enjoyment from this race will see a few more take it on next year!
parkrun – 21.10.17
There were 27 Harriers in action at a testing Greenock parkrun on Saturday. Steven Campbell held off Andrew White to be first finisher for the 25th time in a time of 17.37. Andrew Osborne was 3rd to make it a Glenpark 1,2,3. Marianne McKay was first female finisher for the 2nd time in 23.50. Cheryl Thomas and Nicola Gillespie also made it a Glenpark 1,2,3 for the ladies!
Robin McAuslan ran at Luton Wardown parkrun for the 4th time, joining 324 others on the outskirts of London. He was 40th overall in 23.23
A group of Greenock regulars including 7 Harriers headed up to Ruchill Park in Glasgow to try out the city’s newest parkrun. The 5k route ran 2 1/2 laps of the undulating park and created a rather interesting whale shape when viewed from GPS! Stephen Hanley was first Harrier home in 2nd overall place in 20.34 followed by Graham McGrattan in 21.11. Graham took the overall age grade by a good 10% on the day, showing he might be on the way back from a recent injury. The other Arriers in action were Steven Watson, David Benstead, Stuart Austin, Angeline Austin (first female Harrier) and Emma Benstead.
West District Short Course XC: Hamilton Park Racecourse 15.10.17
17 Harriers made it to the starting gates at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Sunday for the West District Short Course Relays. 2 mens teams and 3 ladies teams competed over the 20 furlong course which took them up and down the finishing stretch of the raecourse. The going was certainly heavy in places.
The ladies vets team of Marian Monk, Lorna Coyle and Marianne McKay were 5th overall vets team, a great performance from them. The other two ladies teams competed well with a particularly strong run from Lisa Ruddy in the A team. Lorna Coyle’s time in the vets team landed her 2nd v55!
Our top male team were hit by a late non runner and Paul Beaton was elevated into the A Team on the day. Paul put in a really strong run in the tough anchor leg to ensure a good finish for the team. Stephen Trainer had led the team out with a great run in 8th overall spot for the first leg. The star performer in the B team was Frank McMahon taking home first m65 in 19.05!
Some found it tougher than others on the soft grass at Hamilton, but everyone will feel the benefit of it as the cross country season gets into full swing. Next up, Renfrewshire short course relays at Pollock Park next Sunday!
If you want to get involved with the cross country races this season, please let your Captain know (Mens Captain: John Stevenson, Ladies Captain, Marian Monk)
Vets Team A: Marian Monk 18.33, Lorna Coyle 19.20 (2nd F55), Marianne McKay 20.09
(total 58.02, 25th overall, 5th vets)
Vets Team B: Angeline Austin 23.00, Eileen Stevenson 22.45, Nathalie Smith 24.18
(total 70.03, 55th overall)
Team A: Lisa Ruddy 19.12, Kirstin Arthur 23.39, Viki Smith 21.32
(total 64.23, 43rd overall)
Team A: Stephen Trainer 13.52, Paul Monaghan 15.21, Andrew White 15.09, Paul Beaton 16.33 (total 60.55, 20th overall)
Team B: Frank McMahon 19.05 (1st M65), Stephen Reid 18.59, Stephen Hanley 17.56, Steven Smith 19.05 (total 75.05, 68th overall)
Dunoon Ultra – 55km – Saturday 7th October
18 Harriers plus a vast travelling support headed to Cowal for this year’s Dunoon Ultra. Some great times from the club, with Andrew White and Fiona Ramsey first Harriers home.
Andrew White ran this after the Loch Ness Marathon and the Glasgow half marathon in previous weeks, also finishing 3rd vet. Fiona Ramsay first lady, taking around 25 minutes off of the previous best ladies time for the course! Stuart Austin showed that his training paid off with a great debut, and a well executed race. Robert Adams was next home and had only ran about 10 miles in training.
Emma O’Rourke took home the family bragging rights taking around 17 minutes off of her time for last year. Alan bravely finished the race having suffered cramps in the final two stages, Sam sticking with him all the way. There were other debuts at this distance for Heather, Susie, Terry, Yvonne and Jane. Well done to all.
Andrew White – 4.34.26 – 5th overall
Fiona Ramsey – 4.36.19 – 1st Lady
Stuart Austin – 5.36.14
Robert Adams – 6.24.45
Susan Slater – 6.25.54
Emma O’Rourke – 6.28.35
Sam McVicar – 6.31.07
Alan O’Rourke – 6.31.09
Terri Wall – 6.35.20
Kevin Gill – 6.37.23
Heather Kangley – 7.01.38
Susie Gillies – 7.15.31
Yvonne Prager – 7.17.16
Jane Dolan – 7.22.23
Kirsten Arthur, Fiona Cushnaghan and Viki Smith – 6.00.39
Silke Loehndorf, Anne Anderson and Morven Walsh (Dunoon Hill Runners) –
George McCallum traveled south to take part in the Shoreditch 10k in London. George had set himself a target this year of running sub 19 5k, sub 40 10k and sub 90 half marathon. With the 5k and the half in the bag, George managed to get home in 39.59! A great first year for George as a Harrier.
There were 2 PBs at Greenock parkrun for some of our juniors. Erin McEleny ran 26.09 to take 16 seconds off of her PB and Abbigail Crawford ran 29.24 taking almost 2 minutes off her PB and running under 30 minutes for the first time! Well done girls.
Kilbarchan Relays 2017
Saturday saw 38 Harriers descend upon Houston for the annual George Cumming Road Relay Races hosted by Kilbarchan AAC. It was a great turnout from the club as we entered 11 teams to take on the 2.7 mile course through the sleepy Renfrewshire village. New Captains John Stevenson and Marion Monk worked tirelessly over the preceding week to get as many runners to commit to the race, and their hard work paid off. Many harriers were taking on the course for the first time, enticed in by the promise of a great day out and a ‘nice flat easy route’….
The best team performance of the day came from the ladies vets team who were 4th overall vet team and 3rd Renfrewshire vet team. The team of Sue Hewitson, Lorna Coyle and Marian Monk covered the course in 55.12, with Sue putting in a fantastic opening leg of 17.20 to take 2nd female vet prize! Elsewhere in the ladies race, there were strong runs from Marianne McKay, Lisa Ruddy and a return to action for Suzi Coyle.
With some of Glenpark’s key vet runners otherwise engaged, Captain John went for full strength in his seniors team with a returning Stephen Trainer leading the way. Stephen covered the course in 13.44. Daniel Doherty, Andrew Osborne and Paul Monaghan followed Stephen’s lead to get the team round in 13th overall out of the 55 full teams entered. Chris Mooney showed he’s getting back to his best after injury with a strong run, second on the day for Glenpark. There were also good runs on the day from Chris Watson, Gordy Hepburn and Derrick MacNish in his first Glenpark outing.
Performance of the day on the ‘mens’ side is reserved for the 4 Glenpark juniors. Alan Mollins, Ewan Ferguson, Ryan Brown and Harry McGill came 37th overall in the mens races with all four posting times that made many of the seniors jealous! Harry McGill, running an isolated final leg, recorded a fantastic 14.53! Only Stephen Trainer, Chris Mooney and Daniel Doherty ran faster on the day for Glenpark.
Finally it wouldn’t be a day out with Glenpark if this bloke didn’t keep trying to get a photo with our ladies. Thankfully Lisa put on a brave face and obliged…
Team A: Stephen Trainer 13:44, Daniel Doherty 14:42, Andrew Osborne 15:05, Paul Monaghan 14:43
Team B: Chris Mooney 14:39, Chris Watson 15:31, Gordy Hepburn 15:39, Mick McLoone 14:57
Team C: Paul Beaton 16:18, Stephen Hanley 16:41, Malcolm McLean 18:26, Derrick MacNish 17:18
Team D: Robin McAuslan 18:40, Ian Hanley 20:10, Gerry Gillespie 19:54, Stephen Reid 18:28
Team E: Robert Rideout 19:16, Boyd MacKenzie 20:20, Simon Hutton 21:34, David Benstead 21:40
Team F: Alan Mollins 16:34, Ewan Ferguson 16:20, Ryan Brown 17:02, Harry McGill 14:53
Team A (Vets): Sue Hewitson 17:20, Lorna Coyle 18:57, Marian Monk 18:55
Team B: Suzi Coyle 18:48, Kirsty Ormond 19:45, Lisa Ruddy 19:30
Team C: Marianne McKay 19:32, Nicola Stevenson 19:51, Lynsey Mooney 20:58
Team D: Cheryl Thomas 21:31, Ashley Anderson 22:25, Nicola Gillespie 20:53
Team E: Nathalie Smith 22:39, Emma Benstead 25:47
Great Scottish Run 2017
It was a fantastic turnout from Greenock Glenpark Harriers at the Great Scottish Run over the past weekend. Over 40 members ran in the 10k, half marathon or junior race, with some excellent performances throughout.
In the half marathon, Paul Monaghan was first Harrier home in an excellent time of 75.21 which continues his strong record in the event. Andrew White was next in 77 minutes dead. John Stevenson recorded a huge PB coming home in 82.26. George McCallum went under 90 mins for the first time and was closely followed by Stewart Anderson in a PB of 91.45. New members Craig Canning, Graeme Crawford and Gerry Gillespie also had strong runs sporting their club colours. Terri Wall was first female Harrier home in 1.47.46 closely followed by Donna Clark in 1.51.53. Eileen Stevenson ran a great PB of 2.03.42.
The 10k race saw an incredible turnout from Glenpark, with 23 runners taking part from the club. Steven Campbell was first home in 35.15 which saw him 2nd V40 for the race. Chris Mooney showed that he is close to full recovery with a strong run of 36.08. Chris Watson was cruelly denied a PB by 10 seconds running 37.22 for the 10 (and a bit) kilometres. Club Champion Marian Monk was first female home in 44.54, just outside her PB. One of the best runs was from Marianne McKay, who ran a great PB of 47.45.
The junior event was blessed with much better weather on the Saturday. The first junior round the 2.5k route was Harry McGill in 9.27 with Jude Dolan not far behind in 10.50.
Half Marathon: Paul Monaghan 75.21, Andrew White 77.00, John Stevenson 82.26, Brian McCluskey 89.05, Paul Beaton 89.26, George McCallum 89.45, Stewart Anderson 91.45, Carig Canning 96.41, Stephen Reid 98.50, Terri Wall 1.47.46, Craig Melrose 1.55.10, Donna Clark 1.51.23, Gerry Gillespie 2.01.37, Graeme Crawford 2.02.54, Eileen Stevenson 2.03.42
10k: Steven Campbell 35.15, Chris Mooney 36.08, Chris Watson 37.22, Gordy Hepburn 38.27, Stephen Hanley 39.55, Joshua Ruddy 41.25, Marian Monk 44.54, Robin McAuslan 45.43, Kirsty Ormond 46.16, Marianne McKay 47.45, David Ness 48.15, Nicola Stevnson 48.34, Fiona McFarlane 48.52, Cheryl Thomas 51.05, Claire Monaghan 51.11, Lynsey Mooney 52.21, Viki Smith 52.34, Ashley Anderson 53.12, James Campbell 57.06, Nathalie Smith 57.44, Wenda Crawford 58.22, Emma Benstead 64.42, Angela Hill 67.20
Junior 2.5k: Harry McGill 9.27, Jude Dolan 10.50, Aidan McElwee 11.12, Ruby McGill 12.31, Maria McCabe 13.34, Erin McEleny 14.13, Abbigail Crawford 16.23
JG Cameron race 23rd Sept 2017
Steven Campbell opened up Greenock Glenpark Harriers 2017-18 championship with a decisive win in the JG Cameron 4km road race, while Marian Monk also started the defence of her women’s title with a victory.
From the start on the Esplanade, a group of 4 which included Campbell along with Paul Monaghan, Daniel Doherty and junior boy Harry McGill moved away from the rest of the field. In a cautious start this group stayed together until they reached 1.5km point at the Battery Park, when Monaghan suddenly put in a burst which only succeeded in dropping McGill.
The remaining three remained close together, with Campbell sitting on leader Monaghan’s shoulder biding his time until they were back on the Esplanade. It wasn’t until the finish line was in sight that Campbell kicked clear for the win.
Marian Monk although not at her best was strong enough to take the top spot, putting daylight between herself and Sandra Campbell. Behind Sandra it was a desperate battle to the line as Marianne McKay and Nicola Stevenson lunged across the line together. It was too close to call with the officials giving them both joint 3rd.
The club coaches were delighted with the performances of the junior boys Harry McGill, Ewan Ferguson, Scott Meechan and Cameron Patton who took part in the senior race with all 4 finishing in the top 12, and also with girls Alyshia Singleton and Mhairi Moore who were up against their older counterparts for the first time.
An increase in numbers for the two junior races produced great competition, with both Douglas Campbell and Maria McCabe impressive over 1km. In the 2 km race Jude Dolan broke clear at the half way point which saw Aidan McElwee taking the runners-up spot. Ruby McGill bounced back from injury to win from the improving Francesca McKay.
1km: Douglas Campbell 3.50, Jack Hay 4.03, Maria McCabe 4.07, Cameron Crawford 4.11, Patrick McCabe 4.15, Gregory Hay 4.21, Erin McEleny 4.36, Leah Knox 4.52, Ashlin Monaghan 5.01, Josh Docherty 5.03, Harry Blincow 5.06, Aimee McEleny 5.22,
2km: Jude Dolan 7.23, Aidan McElwee 7.58, Ruby McGill 8.37, Francesca McKay 9.40, Abbigael Crawford 10.28, Olivia Trainer 10.57, Madelaine McCabe 10.57,
4km: Steven Campbell 13.36, Paul Monaghan 13.40, Daniel Doherty 13.46, Harry McGill (J) 14.00, Chris Mooney 14.23, John Stevenson 14.40, Robert Dolan 14.48, Ewan Ferguson (J) 15.07, Stephen Hanley 15.19, Scott Meechan (J) 15.58, Stuart Austin 16.03, Cameron Patton (J) 16.13, Steven Reid 16.47, Robin McAuslan 17.05, Kevin Gill 17.09, Marian Monk 17.37, Sandra Campbell 18.05, Nicola Stevenson 18.09, Marianne McKay 18.09, Ian Hanley 18.24, Claire Monaghan 19.03, Lyndsey Mooney 19.11, Donna Clark 19.26, Simon Hutton 19.29, Graham Crawford 19.39, Ashley Anderson 19.41, Alyshia Singleton (J) 19.50, Nicola Gillespie 19.50, Mhairi Moore (J) 19.56, Angeline Austin 19.59, Eileen Stevenson 20.35, David Carruthers 21.55, Wenda Crawford 22.49, Claire Melville 25.46,